FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON DVD!
Snap, Crackle and Pop! A
Brief Interlude with Fred Robinson
Sometimes in this wonderful magical world that we
inhabit some unexpected things can happen. I was
sitting munching my cornflakes and drinking my
sixth cup of coffee one morning and through my
letterbox slid a small packet. Inside was a
canister containing an 8mm sound movie. There
was a note inside the package from Ake Hallberg in
Sweden. It said something to the effect that the
package contained a sound movie of Fred Robinson
taken some 20 or more years ago in London’s Hyde
Park. I couldn’t believe what was happening.
was an actual film of Fred Robinson together with
an invitation for me to use it in any way I
chose. That is magic.
sent the film off immediately to a local sound and
film lab so that it could be converted to DVD.
Back came the results a week later. The film had
been converted but the quality was terrible. The
colour was off and worse still the lab couldn’t
copy the sound track on their machine.
was heartbroken and found another lab to see if
the job could be done again. Another magical
event took place and the second DVD proved to be
outstanding with all the sound in place and with a
rich and colourful video image.
few selected friends and associates (including
Dominic Twose) received a copy of the DVD and all
raved about its contents. Since then Russell Hall
and Tim Smithies have remastered the DVD, added
music and titles and have produced a master that
will make copies that can be played anywhere in
the world on any DVD machine or computer.
Well the DVD is ready today and on it you will see
Fred demonstrating a whirlwind array of sleights
and moves from his vast repertoire. He performs
his amazing Ambitious Card Routine twice. The
first time solely for the camera and the second
time for a passing Japanese tourist. “As you are
not a magician he mumbles to the Japanese tourist
you don’t know what Ambitious card means do you?“
Having blown the spectator away with his skill and
the final little wiggle which causes the card to
rise out of the pack he then moves on to many
different colour changes with his pack of cards.
It is almost unbelievable watching the cards
changing at a rapid pace.
And then best of all, for someone like me who is
not completely card crazy, he performs his
Vanishing Coin in Tie effect.
What a joy it was to see this … something that I
had just read about in the draft of the book. We
have printed out the complete routine and this
written description accompanies the DVD. The
text is by Peter Duffie and the method of
performing it comes straight out of the pages of
the Magic of Fred Robinson. The text is
complemented by five very clear illustrations.
To me this DVD is a true gem and I admit to having
watched it over and over again. It is a very
short DVD but each time it is watched one can gain
something more that might have been missed on a