In September I had the good fortune to work a VIP party for the Barrow's Institute, Magic and the Brain, an event that featured Mac King and the Amazing Randi. During the party, Mr. Randi watched me perform for a group and afterward he was most complimentary. I was also inspired by his performance that night, as his humor and escapes, along with his endearing senior personality, captivated me and the whole audience.
What a treat to meet the Amazing Randi and see him perform! He is featured in The World's Greatest Magic by Hyla Clark, a book I've been reading since I was a kid just starting in magic. He was the highlight of the show for me! The next day I was invited (thanks Tony B.!) to watch him present to a group of ASU students, and in addition to his most interesting lecture, he floored me with his version of Out of this World. Afterward, we had some time to chat as we sauntered to our cars.
A couple of weeks later, I was surprised by his package in the mail which included a letter and two signed photographs! I was deeply touched by his kind words in his letter, a part of which I'd like to share with you. Thank you very much Mr. Randi, you are indeed AMAZING!
September 20, 2012
It was really great fun meeting you at the Barrow Neurological Institute 50th Anniversary event, and as I told you then, I was very impressed with your work. I saw that your audience was equally enthusiastic, though I was looking on as a pro, and I was delighted at just how slick - and highly entertaining - you are. Now I feel as if I should get out those silver dollars I have tucked away somewhere, and do some heavy practicing...!
All the best!