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Tom G

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I had a nice long talk with Simon yesterday, boy I miss the Head Lemming.  Still as sharp and funny as ever, but getting around is  a little work.  He still dabbles a little in magic, but mostly paints now. 
He's attended a Magic Circle meeting now and then and enjoys them.  But he wanted to be remembered to his friends in the US.  He's never on the internet anymore. 
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I always liked Simon. I own two of his books and find myself drifting back to them for gold and inspiration. Glad to hear he's hanging in there!

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Simon is a great guy. Wonderful ideas and infinitely knowledgeable. 
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Thanks for that update Tom, I hadn't heard much lately. I met him at a convention. I was picked to help him with a trick during his close up set and he did Card to Mouth with my selected card. I kept the souvenir. Later that night he lectured and told a story that brought tears to my eyes. It was a touching story, but his presentation was what made it hit home. His presence in magic is sorely missed.
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Simon is a talent. His push-off seconds are fantastic. I have had a number of adventures with Simon over the years. Too bad that his condition makes many things difficult for him. Glad to hear that he's bouncing back.

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Tom,

Glad to hear he's doing better. Please tell him I said " hi ".
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I had him as a headliner at The Portland Magic Jam a few years back...he absolutely KILLED. He had just had his bad fall a few months earlier, but was a trooper the whole weekend despite needing a wheelchair and assistance getting around the venue.

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Thanks for the update
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One of the important takeaways from Simon's lecture was that many magicians go to learn the latest and greatest move but in Simon's opinion learning how to PERFORM magic is so much more valuable.  I know that what he said is true.  Some are almost manic about learning all of the hardcore sleights, they are the veritable "move monkeys".  Nothing wrong with that so long as they learn how to properly incorporate them into their magic and not do them just for the sake of doing.
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I'm glad to hear he is still kicking around. I will be sad when he isn't.

One of the best things he ever said was in a workshop I was helping him with. "The way to get higher fees is to have the balls to ask for them".

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I'm glad to hear he is still kicking around. I will be sad when he isn't.

One of the best things he ever said was in a workshop I was helping him with. "The way to get higher fees is to have the balls to ask for them".


So true. Dan Fleshman has talked about this. One tactic is when they ask your fee ask them how much they have in the budget. The amount might be higher than you hoped. If not, depending on the company or client you might ask for product as partial payment. There's almost always some middle ground. But never give it away, even for practice. Tempting as it may be.
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Since today I am proud owner of both of his L&L books, many thanks to Rudy who made possible that I have got number one (Simon Says). I had them both as pdf.files but all of you who know me a little better I prefer the analog ones.

Number One is quite hard to find here in Germany and some US-Companies don´t  want to ship to Germany (or Europe) any longer so I am happy that Rudy was very helpful to me to get this book (aside with one other hard to get one...)
There are some really valuable hints inside the books and some real gems...even if Simon´s presentations don´t fit you , his handlings and thinking are superb!

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Tom G

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Enjoy those books Axel, there's a lot of tips and hints in them.  Taking the pics for Son of, was hilarious, Simon was a mad man, many laughs.  I took pictures for a third magic book, but sadly, wasn't to be. 
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