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The legendary magician Paul Potassy has sent me a message. It’s his comment on the blog entry The Masked Magician Messes Up a Card Trick on Live TV.

With minor editing for clarity, I’m publishing Paul’s message in full:

THE MASKED MAGICIAN IS A SHAME TO OUR PROFESSION !!!!

I HAVE GIVEN IN MY LIFE (66 YEARS ON STAGE!!!!)
10.000 PERFORMANCES.

I CAN PROUDLY SAY: I N E V E R FAILED.

A small mistake once 25 years ago on Spanish Television. Due to humidity, TWO cards stuck together when they came out from a RISING CARD DECK…When the wrong card showed up, and I realized what had happened, I took the front card away and said:”Oh sorry, the Queen of Spades (which was the real chosen card) was just hiding behind the Six of Clubs.”

I discarded the Six of Clubs and the “mistake” was saved!

You must be inventive when a problem situation comes up…

I am known as the Magician who is so precise professionally THAT HE JUST NEVER FAILS (one exception is the incident mentioned above).

I gave my last performance on February 06 (three weeks ago) here in Manila for Mrs. MILA HOW (a Chinese millionaire). I did an hour-10-minute show and received a standing ovation. And that with 85 years old…(I was born in 1923 !!!!) In October, I will be 86 years old…

The Filipino magicians are all very nice . There are several Clubs here in the Philippines,  but there is friendship, not competition.

My favorite performer is Lou Hilario: he is versatile and has a huge repertoire…AND his presentation measures up to international standards.

I NEVER ( unfortunately) saw Leodini in a performance, so I cannot make comments…

Invite me next time.

All the best,

PAUL POTASSY

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Hi Paul,

Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to write.

Of course, you have seen me perform a long time ago. You were one of the judges in a magic contest. The theme was Comedy Magic.  It was some time in 1997, if memory serves me right. The competition was held at Prince of Wales pub located in Greenbelt, Makati.

I tied for first place with Lou Hilario. It was graceful of Lou to give me the trophy we shared. He waited for one more week for his own trophy to be awarded to him, because the organizers didn’t foresee a tie and therefore had only one trophy prepared.

The Comedy Magic Championship was one of the best titles I’ve ever won over the years, because the great Paul Potassy was in the panel of judges scoring how well I did alongside other magic competitors.

I’m intrigued by the new principle you mentioned in your message, namely, the principle of professional precision.  As you defined it in passing, it refers to the principle that DISALLOWS failure of a performance by a magician.

I hope you can visit us at Inner Magic Club one of these days and give us a lecture amplifying your thoughts on this principle. I’m intrigued and interested to hear more about it, and how magicians can gain precision in his magic performances.

Again thanks for dropping by. It’s a great honor to have you here.

Stay magical,

Leodini

www.leodini.com

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