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Fred Kaps

Fred Kaps

Brief Biography

Top European professional magician. Probably more people saw Fred Kaps perform live on television in a single broadcast than any other magician in history. The occasion was the Ed Sullivan Show on the occasion of The Beatles first appearance on the show on February 9th 1964, the show was watched by 73 million Americans. Fred performed The Homing Card and the Salt Pour (with long pour climax). Fred was the only magician to win the FISM Grand Prix three times. A close friend of Ken Brooke’s, he also appeared many times on U.K televisions top shows. A consummate stage artist and close up performer.

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FRED KAPS INTERVIEW – PART 1 – 20.08.1977

Fred Kaps interviewed – in attendance Cy Endfield and Ken Brooke – first time met Cy – 1926 – 27- Cy started at age 17 – stooge for Thurston – Fred started at 7 – Fred’s brother showed him a coin trick – first lesson, don’t do things that kids can copy – never forgot – Fred was doing 9 tricks – Utrecht from Rotterdam – hairdresser/barber was an amateur magician – advertising kids under thirteen presents – showed simple tricks to induce kids to shop – gave Fred’s brother a trick – match head restoration – Fred went and got a trick –2 in hand 1 in pocket – so first trick was manipulative – secret box – glass trick – Lloret – who is he? – 1940 – saw twice on stage – Lloret had a studio in Amsterdam – in war 1942 – Fred went to Lloret – 13.5.43 Germans came for him – shot himself – Fred’s idol when 16 – 1942 – he asked for money for tricks – Phata Morgana – light bulb – Thurston Rising Cards – practice – continuous – his Mother vetted his performance – still finds introducing new effects difficult – Television is the medium for close – but they take too many close ups – Fred reads in Linking Ring of two kids getting a write up – Zig Zag – kills magic – Chefalo – Okito – Lloret – stage performers – Dai Vernon – was a new school of magic – before it was the German school in Europe – Fred changes moves to suit himself – make it your own – Cy has to leave – Fred continues – slowly grew out of amateur and became a professional – Ken, Fred you are my favourite magician – memory of a connection in Amsterdam – we sat with Channing Pollock – Fred rabbit out of a cane – Keith Clark – Pierre Keterin – Lido in Paris – Keith sold a handbag to get the effect – 1956 – how tobuild an act for Conventions – 1956 – Ed Sullivan – Vernon 1955 – Faucett Ross.

 

FRED KAPS INTERVIEW – PART 2

 

FRED KAPS INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK PAGE – 20-12-77

 

RAMSAY REUNION – PART 1

See Ramsay Reunion page for overview

 

RAMSAY REUNION – PART 2

See Ramsay Reunion page for overview

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