Career Choices (1): Fred Kaps

Clever choice No. 1: Abraham Pieter Adrianus Bongers deciding very early in his magic career to take up a stage name.

Clever choice No. 2: Abraham Bongers deciding still early in his career to change his stage name from Valdini to Mystica and then to Fred Kaps.

Bad choice No. 1: Fred Kaps performing on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964 immediately after The Beatles. (O.K., not his fault.)

Bad choice No. 2: Fred Kaps performing “The Homing Card” on that occasion – on black & white television.

Clever choice No. 3: Always using professional and outstanding promotional material, like this famous “dice shot” (black & white graphic re-rendering by me):


Find out more about Fred Kaps, the only three time FISM Grand Prix Winner (the World Champion of Magic), here and here.


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Magic and YouTube: Four Observations

1. There’s a magic sucker born every minute. And about an hour later, he will put his first magic tutorial on YouTube.

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2. YouTube generates highly efficient magic: In many videos the explanation is already included in the performance.

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3. YouTube magic is a lot like watching porn movies (so I was told…): You can hardly wait to get to the climax.

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4. An estimation: If YouTube was switched off for just one day, the global level of magic would rise about two meters instantly. Well, that would probably sink Holland; but hey – everything comes at a price! (And Fred Kaps and Tommy Wonder have already been saved anyway. God bless them.)