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RayJ

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Many probably are saying Frank who?  Well, I don't blame them because he is/was little known but for those of us old enough to remember, his routine Ricardo's Triumph, published in Jerry Mentzer's Card Cavalcade was a wonderful effect.

I was fortunate to attend a lecture given by Mr. Pemper back around 1978 plus or minus a couple of years.  

He was a very nice, generous person.  He carried assorted props in a small box, about the size of a cigar box.  I was sitting up front close to him.  After the lecture, he did some "extra" things for those of us hanging around.  He pulled out a thick stack of cards and began demonstrating his technique for split fans!  Talk about out of the blue.  That was fascinating for me as I was in the midst of working up my own manipulation routine and I was in awe of the smoothness with which he handled the cards.

I checked Conjure Nation and I see he had a couple of other things in print, but I'll always remember his "triumph" and how friendly he was.
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I remember Frank for his bizarre magic ads in the Linking Ring. The text was hilarious. When I put out, "Mutanz," my version of Roy Walton's, Cascade, (with Roy's permission) I did an ad in homage to Frank Pemper's ads. Here's part of the wording:

A bizarre new packet trick by Bob Farmer and Roy Walton: MUTANZ

Inexplicable Unexplainable Enigmatic and Just Plain Weird!

A Cascade of Alchemikal Conundrums!

A Phantasmagoric Orgy of Cabalistic Conjuration!

A Bewildering Bafflement of Uncanny Dimensionality!

Strange and supernatural forces twist and possess ordinary cards until they become GROTESQUE MUTANTS
—IN THE HANDS OF THE SPECTATOR!

No angles. Everything examinable. Resets instantly.

Satisfaction guaranteed or we’ll apologize.

Warning: This ad contains bombastic hyperbole and unconscionable embellishment.

No credit cards, personal IOUs or verbal promises accepted.

When the going gets weird, the weird get MUTANZ!

Dealers Contact Mr. Farmer’s Parole Officer For Wholesale Information.


Unfortunately, several reviewers didn't get the joke and accused me of going too far with the wording. The trick is still available from me. Email bammomagic@cogeco.ca for details.

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RayJ

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Bob, that is awesome!  Thanks for sharing.  Frank was definitely a character.  Not everyone's cup of tea, but he was 100% original.  According to some, the longer you spent time with him the stranger he seemed.  I wouldn't know, I met him the one time and he was very gracious.

I just thought it might be fun to "conjure" up some memories of him!
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Frank put out a book called "Ricardo's Card Artifice" or something like that??? 

He was a fixture at Abbott's Get-Together years ago. He was selling his version of Wunder Bar which was a floating cube inside a glass jar. The cube was spinning around and floating inside. Then he'd take it out and it floated around with the same hookup as Wunder Bar. He'd go right up in the stands before shows in the HS Gym and push these things. They'd sell like crazy too.

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I booked Frank for a lecture in the 80's. I remember that once and a while he would do the James Cagney "Hitch" mannerism. Without the head turn.
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Evan S.

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I purchased a couple of booklets from him at Abbott's back in the late 70's.
- Ricardo's Intimate Secrets of Card Classics and Close-Up Magic
- Ricardo's Card Artifice

I was very young, and he was very kind.

I remember his floating cube. too. Steve Dusheck was (obviously) not a fan.
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