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(Sorry for the 3rd person writing style, but wanted to avoid too many "I's")
    Phillip Young, (b. 1963, Tulsa, OK) got bitten by the magic bug when he was
11 after moving to Columbia, S.C. where he had few new friends. Magic provided solace for those new times and the different environment. Several years later, and still interested in his new hobby, he found out about a local I.B.M. public show. Phillip had no idea that there was such a thing as a local magical organization. He and his family attended the show and enjoyed it with great delight. Closing that show was a young 18 year old Steve Beam (with hair, no less), and made quite an impression up the even younger Phillip with his funny and entertaining approach to magic.
    Not long after that show Phillip made way to the local Columbia chapter of the I.B.M. and met Steve, and a host of other magicians, and joining the local chapter. He was introduced to a variety of different types of magic, but close-up sleight of hand work impressed him the most. About a year later Beam opened and operated the Columbia Magic Shop, where Phillip spent most of every Saturday afternoons there all day, learning new effects and learning even more from Beam interacting with his customers. This was a pattern for Phillip for about 4 years. Beam turned out to be his "unofficial" mentor. On a side note, the magic shop was right next door to a movie theatre. On many Saturday evenings after the shop was closed there would be informal magic meetings and performances for whoever wanted to participate. By the way, Beam and a few others LOVED to play practical jokes on other people. On one occasion, Phillip decided to perform the "Escape from 75 ft. of Rope Challenge," from "Magic Digest" by George Anderson. Phillip showed up that evening with his rope and went on stage to perform his quasi-esque Houdini challenge. He asked for two volunteers to tie him firmly into a chair. The volunteers complied — very well. As he was struggling to escape from his bonds, all of a sudden, without warning, Beam and another cohort, decided to physically pick up Phil, still bound and in the chair, and carry him outside to the sidewalk, then go back into the magic shop and lock the door, and watch him struggle outside, and laugh non-stop. Very funny, huh? Well, what was even funnier (especially to those a**holes inside), was that the current movie goers next door were walking out of the theatre next door, and surprised to see some unsuccessful Houdini want-to-be constrained by rope in a chair. Phillip, being the consummate professional at age 16, of course, greeted the movie goers with, 'how are you folks this evening?,' 'how was the movie?,' and other general small talk. Phillip, though, earlier that day, heard an inner voice that told him to bring a pocket knife with him, and this was his key out of the embarrassment, and that damn rope. Phillip hasn't performed an escape since.
    Steve Beam, knowing Phillip was an artist, asked him to illustrate his first book, "They Don't Make Trapdoors Like They Used To, or You, Too, Can Walk On Water," and he happily did. And later did the same with Beam's second book, "Magic — the Vanishing Art, or How to Turn a Trick for Fun and Profit," as well as a few other of his publications.
    Beam was the inspiration for Phillip to put out his own book, which he published in 1982, entitled, "fingers don't Entertain, People Do," which got favorable reviews. Phillip conceived, wrote and illustrated his own material, aside from a few contributors like Beam, Don Morris, Pete Peterson, Randy Tanner, and a few others.
    About this same time, Phillip was preparing a portfolio of artwork to be submitted to about four art schools in order to gain entry and study graphic design. He was accepted to all that he entered, but he decided to attend the Parsons School of Design in NYC. Phillip enjoyed school there, and while he wasn't busy with it, he occasionally trekked uptown to hang out at Tannen's. There he met Meir Yedid, Mike Gallo, Geoff Latta and Eric DeCamps. But he didn't have much time for magic unfortunately, other than a session here and there. One time, at a Thanksgiving in 1984, Meir Yedid did employ Phillip and several other magicians to perform at the renowned 'Windows On the World' restaurant at the top floor of the World Trade Center, which was an exciting and somewhat nauseating experience for Phillip. Meir didn't mention that one actually feels the building sway or that he needed  motion sickness pills.
    Phillip has contributed a variety of his original magic to a few magic magazines, Beam's "The Trapdoor," and Tannen's Magic Manuscript.
    In terms of art and graphic design, he has done work for "The Trapdoor," the "Magical Arts Journal," "MAGIC," "The NY Magic Symposium No. 5," the dust-jacket and cover design for "Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus," and many self-promotional pieces for magicians. More recently, you'll find my artwork on the dustjacket for the Geoff Latta On Coins book.
    He continues to split up his time with graphic design and magic jobs. He still doesn't perform any escapes.

Anthony Vinson

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Wow. That's quite the intro/bio! Welcome to TMF, we're happy you joined us and look forward to getting to know you. I love the title of that 1982 book of yours; says a lot about what I feel to be the crux of magic.


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Welcome Phillip! You may not do escapes anymore but we can still help show you the ropes. ..
Rudy Tinoco

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Thanks for the introduction, Phil! After our conversation over the phone, I'm convinced that you'll fit in nicely here.


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