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Danny Diamond
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Eric,
I've seen you perform your presentation for the Deans' Box a few times now, and I really like it. It has an intriguing story, appropriate music, and the routine itself is multi-phased and builds to a nice climax.

Can you share a little about your thought process behind your routines? Do you start with the prop and material and build a story around them? Do you start with a story and find the right props to fit the story? Any insight?
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I too have seen your Dean's box routine several times and thouroughly enjoyed it. I would be interested to hear of the presentation creation process that you use.

Ben
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Danny:

I am glad that you enjoyed my interpretation of Dean Dills “Dean’s Box”. I worked very hard on putting that presentation/handling together and audiences have really been receptive to it.

As far as how I choose a particular routine and my thought process while constructing a routine actually varies from one routine to another. There are times that I decide to work on a routine and there are times that a routine kind of chooses me. I know that last statement may sound weird but it is true.

As an example of a routine that I chose to work on I offer my interpretation of John Ramsay’s Coins and Cylinder. Back around 1980/1981 when I first saw it performed by Tim Conover and he really fooled me badly with his various handlings. Years later when I decided to work on it myself I learned and adapted the routine for the conditions I was working in. At the time I was working at Mostly Magic in NYC and most of the performers there felt that I could never make this close up routine play in a room designed for 120+ people. I took this as a personal challenge and worked for months to get it to work the way I had envisioned it. It’s funny because years later when Tim Conover was in NYC working a trade show he came to a show at the club and saw me perform the routine. After the show we got together and he was very complimentary of my handling and presentation. He was especially impressed given the conditions that I was presenting it under at the club.

As an example of a routine that choose me I offer Rene Lavand’s Bread Crumbs. When I saw Rene perform live for the first time at FISM in Lausanne in 1991 this was the one routine that he performed that changed the way I perform close up magic. Until then I had never witnessed a magical performance affected me in such a profound way. A couple of years later while Rene toured the United States he stayed for a week in my home and while rehearsing my translations with him for his lectures here in the United States, we worked on the bread crumbs. Let me tell you this Rene is a perfectionist in every sense of the word. Everything had to be 100% and we repeated it until it was. While doing this over and over again I felt a stronger and stronger bond to the routine and eventually wondered if I could ever do it. Again, after having Rene see me perform at Mostly Magic I summoned up the courage and asked Rene if he thought if I could ever pull off doing the bread crumbs. He smiled and gleefully said to me “Eric, you must do this routine. After watching your show tonight, I know that the bread crumbs is perfect for you. You must do it!” I thought I knew what I had gotten myself into but it was close to a year later before I would attempt to perform it at Mostly Magic. It took a lot of work to make the fit but eventually it did and I have had a lot of pleasure performing it for laymen and magician alike.

As far as props are concerned, those who know me know that until I have the right prop for the right routine I will not do the routine. As an example I offer my interpretation of Nate Leipzig’s Cigars and Purse. It took me five long years to find the correct purses for the routine. Until then I would not do it.

When it comes to scripting, well that’s another story. As my close friends know when I am inspired I write. I really do not like that part of the process but that is the only way I know how to do it. Editing I usually have only my very closest friends help me with that chore. Once again I have a storage room full of cool magic props waiting for the proper script to be written. Until then they rest there.

Hope this helps.


Eric DeCamps
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I had the great Fortune to attend Mr.Levands lecture in Huntington NY.You of course were the able interpreter.That was the most poetic and and amazing performance I have ever seen.I actually had trouble sleeping that night..replaying the Magic in my mind.I got Rene'Levands autograph that day,and I wish I would have gotten yours also ...however,I was kind of in a trance,so I missed it.Best. Rich
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Yes I also consider myself very fortunate to have seen Rene perform and lecture at the magic Castle in Hollywood. Tina Lenert was his interpreter and the lecture was a very moving experience. Cheers,

Bill
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