"...one of the most extraordinary performers I’ve ever known, and amid magicians of my generation, he had few equals and no better."
BY JAMY IAN SWISS | Welcome to Take Two. Every Friday I'll be posting a pair of magic performance videos, accompanied by commentary—in essence a projection of curation—with a goal to pen 52 posts. I encourage non-magicians to enjoy these clips along with the magic community, as I intend to avoid outright discussion of methods. All this is subject to some adjustment over time and experience, but these are the goals at the start.
"...this week I would like to present to you the one silent manipulative magic act that is considered by many in the world of magic to be the single greatest such act of all time..."
"I once saw him pick up a kid from the audience, wrap him around his neck, and, as he made his wsay back to the stage thus decorated, declare, 'Act like a mink!'”
"Truly he was one of the wisest and most loving men I have ever known. I am privileged to have called him a friend."
"Nelson was an old-school gentleman with a voice as soft as his sleight-of-hand technique, noted among magicians not only for the gentle, unadorned manner of his performance, but also for the deliberate and distinctively unhurried pace of his work."
"To me, Presto was a real magician—maybe the first real magician I ever knew up close. Someone who did magic at the very highest level, who was a full-time working pro, and who talked to me, kindly and generously, and shared secrets with me. I was in awe of him..."
"...a superb actor, and his approach made the magic feel real, and his relationship to it feel genuine." Another look at the magic of three-time FISM Grand Prix winner Fred Kaps.
"Imam was not afraid of magic. Instead, he made his audiences feel that fear."
"I adored watching Slydini perform; I never tired of the experience in the slightest. I knew his repertoire inside and out, yet I could often be fooled in the moment by his superb technique, his stellar command, his charismatic persona, and perhaps above all, his absolute mastery of the art and craft of misdirection."