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Abbotts 56th Get Together 1993

by Ron Jaxon

It's kind of amazing because a few of the magicians in your image are a part of this story. I think this happened at my third or fourth get together. I was just starting to have the courage to perform for other magicians. One night at the American Legion during the get together someone approached me and asked if I'd perform one of my coin routines for their friends. I said sure so I fallowed him from the back room of the Legion to the front of the building. I got caught up on the way as someone else came up and said hi to me. Then I turned and saw who was sitting with the guy I was following. Who was sitting there? Karrel Fox, Jay Marshall, Ab and Karl Norman along with a few others that I can't remember their names but I recognized their faces as fairly known magicians at the time. I remember thinking, " Why didn't they warn me?" I was so intimidated by magicians then that I felt myself start to sweat. I don't know how but I made it through and finished my routine. They seemed to like it and talked for a few minutes about it. After a while I felt less intimidated and had a good time. I still think about that night from time to time because it was a huge boost in my self confidence.

Another story involves Karrel Fox. I can't remember if it was the same year as the above story or maybe it was the following year. It was quite a while ago. Karrel waved me over and had me follow the group he was with. We piled into a couple or cars. I had no idea where we where going but when Karrel says to come I followed without questions. We ended up at a cemetery. I never knew that there were a lot of famous magicians in there. I couldn't hear everything that was being said but they walked from grave to grave and just told stories about that magician. The amazing thing was that it wasn't a sad atmosphere. There was a lot of laughs.

Anyway, those are a couple of my fondest memories during the get together.


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