STUFF: Is a
beautifully designed and produced, large hard-backed book of top
quality magic and contains detailed descriptions of several
marketed props and routines many of which you will find offered on
this website. These include the Beta Wallet, the Breese-Mason
Wallet, Cummupence, the Silver Retriever, the Golden Retriever and
Pandora. Eric Mason was not only a brilliant inventor and
magician; he was a creative and talented illustrator. All of these
qualities are reflected in a book which I highly recommend.
AND HIS BOOK STUFF
friend Eric Mason was born in 1921 and was a highly talented and
exceptionally creative magician and illustrator. He was the Art
illustrated countless books for me and several other publishers.
He released many commercial magic effects including the Beta
Wallet, the Breese-Mason Wallet, Cummupence, the Silver Retriever
and the Golden Retriever and many of these effects are described
in this book.
Eric used to
share the spotlight with Fred Robinson at the
public house near the Magic Circle on Monday
evenings. There the alternative Magic Circle met and Eric was
always ready to perform a seemingly impromptu miracle; seemingly
impromptu because his pockets were always so jammed full of props
that David Britland - another magical genius – once described Eric
as, ‘Rattling with magic as he walked’.
He was a great
sleight of hand performer and was so adept with coin sleights that
he could back-clip an old English penny and hold a half dollar
coin in the palm of the same hand. He used to throw the half
dollar up in the air and as it landed back on his palm he would
back-clip it and simultaneously release and display the penny
concealed between the back of his fingers.
As far a
spectator could see, Eric held a half dollar in his open hand
tossed it up in the air and by the time it landed back in his hand
it had changed into a penny. Early in his career, Eric and his
wife Eileen lived in a caravan in Cornwall for several years where
Eric spent his time designing, painting and illustrating.
Unusually, many of his paintings were published in miniature form
on matchbox covers.
The business man
for whom Eric produced the matchbox cover designs was another true
British eccentric and he used to arrive on horseback wearing a
pair of shorts and riding boots when visiting the caravan to
collect Eric’s matchbox artwork. What a sight it must have been! I
miss Eric’s company greatly and even though he died in 1986 - more
than twenty years ago - it seems as if it was only yesterday that
he was in my
in London showing me one of his latest magical
creations. Keep smiling Eric. You and your wonderful magic
performance will never be forgotten.