Columnist: Fred Becker Gary Ouellet put out a fantastic trick, “Finger on the Card” through the Camirand Academy sometime in the early 1980s. I’m unsure of the exact year because my copy carries no copyright (which is strange because of Mr. Ouellet’s lawyerly profession at the time). Finger on the Card has been one of […]
Columnist: Fred Becker I love lecture notes. I have a thing for them. I always buy lecture notes. I buy notes for lectures that I haven’t even attended. As you might imagine, this drives my wife the accountant absolutely nuts. I like reading notes for a lecture that I haven’t seen because it forces me […]
Columnist: Fred Becker If you do a stage act or a parlor type performance I encourage you to look at the Egg on Fan. It is a very artistic effect and can fit in well with a manipulation performance or as and interlude in a less formal presentation. Effect You tear the corner out of […]
Columnist: Fred Becker In my last article I told you how my first cruise job came about and told you about my first night on the ship. Things went smoother once I got into the swing of things. However, on this first job I was not considered a headline entertainer. I was Cruise Staff/Entertainer. And […]
Columnist: Fred Becker Entertaining at Sea Occasionally, I hear magicians speak poorly about those that work on cruise ships. This attitude surprises me. The fact is, much of our kind of show business has moved out to sea. The cruise industry continues to grow, with new fully equipped showrooms that need entertainment nightly. Nearly all […]
Columnist: Fred Becker When Mark Stevens was getting the latest SME catalog together he asked me if I could think of the “top five doÃs and donÃts” for working on cruise ships. His idea was to have a sidebar for one of the articles in the “catazine” (my word). For a sidebar in an article […]
Columnist: Fred Becker CÃest Magique Only twice in my cruise ship career have I had the pleasure of watching another magician(s) on the ship I was working. The first was the Ã¬Magic Theme CruisesÃ® on NCL. Our own Ron Wilson produced these weeks of magical entertainment at sea. There were about twenty professional magicians providing […]
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