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RayJ

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I did a quick search and it doesn't appear anyone has done a thread about Nick Trost.  Some of his effects and books, yes, but not about him.

I looked him up on Magicpedia and was blown away with the number of tricks and/or publications that he created.

https://geniimagazine.com/wiki/index.php?title=Nick_Trost

I'm wondering if anyone here actually knew him and if anyone here had ever seen him perform.  

Was he one of those who wrote dozens of books and created dozens of tricks but rarely performed for the public?
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Great thread thought, RayJ!

Nick Trost was a great inventor, adapter and writer over the years. It is fun to research some of his early stuff in TOPS and nice to see the recasting of the material in his "Subtle..." books published by H&R and widely available. 
Much like Harry, Trost looked at the "meaty parts" of an effect and concentrated on making it accessible by applying sleights only where needed and otherwise simplifying cumbersome processes.


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I did get to hang out with Nick a couple of times. I think it was at one of Dan Block's Buffalo Get-Togethers. I performed an item from Power Plays that involved six spectators. Nick was in the front row and was one of them. I was lucky enough to fool him with the trick (Total Freedom) as I found out later. He asked me about it and told me how much he liked the item. It was a great moment since I am a huge fan of his vast work. He knew the Parity Principle that is the basis of the effect. But he was fooled by how I knew the selections.

Synchronicity alert: Yesterday I was sessioning with Bruce Floreck at Abbott's Get-Together. The first thing Bruce showed me was a Nick Trost version of Poker Player's Picnic using dice to determined how many cards to burn in each of the four packets. Very cool thinking! I was just starting to look for it in the Subtle Card Creations series when I took a break and checked TMF only to find this thread. Cool!

Mike
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I did get to hang out with Nick a couple of times. I think it was at one of Dan Block's Buffalo Get-Togethers. I performed an item from Power Plays that involved six spectators. Nick was in the front row and was one of them. I was lucky enough to fool him with the trick (Total Freedom) as I found out later. He asked me about it and told me how much he liked the item. It was a great moment since I am a huge fan of his vast work. He knew the Parity Principle that is the basis of the effect. But he was fooled by how I knew the selections.

Synchronicity alert: Yesterday I was sessioning with Bruce Floreck at Abbott's Get-Together. The first thing Bruce showed me was a Nick Trost version of Poker Player's Picnic using dice to determined how many cards to burn in each of the four packets. Very cool thinking! I was just starting to look for it in the Subtle Card Creations series when I took a break and checked TMF only to find this thread. Cool!

Mike


There seem to be a number of "unsung heroes" in magic and Nick is one of them.  There are some very prolific contributors who apparently are quite content to avoid the limelight.  There are also some incredible performers who owe their success, in part, to those in the background.
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