This is revised (we made it English) and republished from the January 25, 2006 edition of Inside Magic.
There are two arguments one must avoid when one attends a magic convention
Both will destroy relationships, hurt feelings, cause resentment, ulcers, and emotional distress
They are the elephant-sized subjects we all pretend are not there
One of those two arguments is “should a great coin magician ever use gimmicked coins?”
Please understand our position from the outset. We have no pride — at all. But that is a family trait
Uncle, Billy “Bats-n-Balls” Hardy worked as a juggler during vaudeville’s heaving death-throws
In an unfortunate and inexplicable juggling accident, Billy sliced off his right ear