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andolini
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Looking for information on fred keating. what type of magic did he specialize in.are there any films of him performing.what were his favorite routines etc. any info would be appreciated. have a nice day.
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Famous for doing the Vanishing Birdcage.
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There's an pamphlet that was put out by Max Holden and I think sold thru Magic Inc. called "Programmes of Famous Magicians." It was supposed to be the first of two volumes but the second one was never published. I highly recommend it to see how different magicians constructed their acts. It's one of my favorite books to reread. I believe Fred Keating's act is in there (one of them anyway).
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"FULL DRESS--NEW YORK CITY 1931--IN ONE--ONE ASSISTANT

With this clever act Keating was the hit of New York. Since then Fred has achieved unusual success in Hollywood and for the present has forsaken magic.
Thimble Production--The usual routine of one to eight thimbles--one on each finger.
The Color Change of a Silk--The silk changes color by passing through the closed hand.
The Vanish of a Silk in a Glass.
The Torn and Restored Card is Found in a Cigarette.
The Chinese Sticks.
The Needle Trick.
The Vanishing Bird Cage.
Keating has a great personality and his patter brought one continuous stream of laughs."

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He was a student of Nate Leipzig as was Roy Benson. Todd Karr just gave talk on the three at the LA Conf.

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Fred Keating also wrote the last chapter of Tarbell Volume Six. He discusses showmanship and the importance of personality in magic. It is quite interesting to read.
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Fred Keating performed an amazing salt pour..can be seen on youtube....I have always wondered if his set up was the same as Roy Bensons...Also James Reneaux performed a Salt pour at the Lambs Club in NYC...was a huge hit...
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James
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On 2007-02-15 13:12, jkesler wrote:
Fred Keating performed an amazing salt pour..can be seen on youtube


I think you're confusing Fred Keating with Fred Kaps.

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Jim, you are correct...I did have them mixed up, sorry about that. I wish I could go back and edit my post...It is Fred Kaps' "salt pour" which can be seen on youtube.
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James
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Keating was an interesting personality (as are most magicians.) He was famous for the Birdcage and the Needle trick, which he claimed was taught to him by Houdini. Fred was an alcoholic and his career in movies was short-lived. His guardian angel was Tallulah Bankhead, the actress, who looked out for him and cast him as leading man in several plays in which she starred. Keating attempted suicide - slashing his wrists in his hotel room - while performing at a lowbrow nightclub, Spivey's Roof, in New York, in 1948. He called the hotel front desk and said he'd had an "accident." He was patched up and went on to perform until his death in 1961. Fred was gay, and some think that the pressure he felt to not reveal his homosexuality may have led to his drinking and suicide attempt. I've seen a film of him performing on the TV show "It's Magic" hosted by Paul Tripp in the 50's. He had a great voice and stage presence.
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Keating also slandered Houdini, according to Christopher's "Houdini: the Untold Story." Keating is the one who floated the story, when Houdini was investigating the Boston medium "Margery" , that Houdini had smuggled a folding ruler into the cabinet to frame Margery. Apparently Keating was mad that Houdini had made some uncomplimentary remarks about his ability as a performer.
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