In the years I’ve been involved in magic I must have seen hundreds, perhaps thousands, of magical performances. Correction: I’ve seen many magicians, but rather fewer performances which could be considered truly magical. Certain names come to mind, sometimes because of their general excellence, sometimes because of one particular moment of magic that sticks in my memory. I’m thinking of Slydini, Tommy Wonder, Chan Canasta, Cardini, Channing Pollock… and, of course, Fred Kaps.

I was lucky enough to see Fred Kaps perform live — on stage and close up — on several occasions. Here was a man who understood theatre, whose undoubted skill was always used to serve the performance. His version of The Recurring Card is an absolute classic. Watch and learn.

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