The 42nd Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic Has Begun

Dateline Batavia, New York, April 25, 2012 - The fun is just beginning as magicians gather from all parts of the globe to share close-up tricks and cammaraderie.

The 42nd Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic Has Begun
Several new things have been introduced this year including an additional room for dealers and one room just for selling the 4F regalia. There is also a cool gobo illumination of the FFFF logo on the back wall of the performance area.
The 42nd Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic Has Begun

Obie blew his hockey referee whistle that indicated it was time to sit down and get ready for the first lecture.

The 42nd Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic Has Begun

Several magicians arrived early to catch the opening night lectures. Some in attendance you can pick out include Daryl, Gene Anderson, Mike Powers, Marc DeSouza, Marv Leventhal, Harvey Berg, Gene Protas, Richard Levin and many others. And this was just on one side of the room.

The 42nd Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic Has Begun
Will Houstoun, from England, opened the festivities with a lecture on a couple of his books, "The Notebook" and "Hellis in Wonderland" both of which were fascinating views into the lives of 18th century magicians Will is working on his PhD in Victorian magic. He also showed us some most marvelous card and coin work.

The 42nd Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic Has Begun
Gyula Czili, from Hungary, gave us a dealer demo of his 2012 line of clever apparatus he has for sale at his dealer booth. I'm certain that his items sold briskly after this demo.

The 42nd Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic Has Begun
Then it was time to retire to the bar, lobby and hospitality room for chatting, beers and doughnuts into the wee hours of the morning.