Part of the fun, wonder and beauty of FISM is getting to see, talk and spend time with friends whom you don't regularly see. I recently saw a posting on Facebook saying, "Why is it that all the people I want to spend time with live so far away from me?"
Well, while I was in RImini, Italy for FISM this year, I had a chance to sit down and chat with an old friend of mine from Holland, Flip Hallema. We first got to know each other many years ago (I think it was 2001) when he was part of the talent line-up at a Texas Association of Magicians (T.A.O.M.) convention. He was my house guest for several days and during that time, we became good friends and established a bond. I learned so much from Flip during that time, and not just about magic. We went to museums where he brought everything to life with his incredible knowledge and background in graphic art design and art history.
Well, when we got together in Rimini, I turned on the microphone as we talked about so many things. And although I had heard the story about how he invented his now famous "Flip Stick" move, I asked him about it so it would be archived for you to know. This move is mentioned in the Tarbell Course, Volume 7. Flip has won many international awards but none less prestigious that the Performing Fellowship Award he received from the Academy of Magical Arts in 2006.
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