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Bill Hegbli
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Frank Garcia is known for his Close-Up card Magic. His books are a great asset to anyone who wants to learn great card effects in a very short time.

He has published a booklet on Billiard Ball routines, now hard to find. Just a few routines in the older fashion of presenting Billiard Balls.

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Thanks Bill.
I have his books,..
'Cups and Balls', 'Wild Cards', 'Million Dollar Hands',
,..even his Billiard Ball Book.
I always wondered....

It was nice seeing his Linking Ring work.

It was interesting seeing Cardini's influences(!),
after all those years...

Boy, he had...'the Million Dollar Smile'...!
(,, does one develope that?)

Thanks for finding and posting.
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Frank Garcia's "Million Dollar Card Production" from _Million Dollar Card Secrets_ is an amazing move. I saw Frank present it many years ago at a lecture at Denny and Lee Magic in Maryland. You can see Japan's Sakoh do Frank's move at about the 2:38 spot of this youtube video:

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I know this thread is over a year old, but that was wonderful. I was a student of John Blake who was a student of Frank Garcia. I always heard so many stories of Frank Garcia, but I never thought I would see his act. Thank you for posting this, Bill Hegbli.

As Gallagher pointed out, the Cardini influence was indeed very interesting, especially with the silk and cigarette routines. Does anyone know why Frank would have such a heavy dose of Cardini in his act? Was there some kind of lineage there? Or he was just a fan?

It was also so interesting to see his rings. I wonder if Frank Garcia was Cellini's influence with his two ring routine (vice versa?)? John Blake had a three ring routine, and I always thought it was very original to him, but I now see that it was heavily influenced by his teacher. I never realized. And John used to do the ball and cone and a very similar salt poor; again, so cool to see where that came from. And also, just the little wooden box. John also always kept a little wooden box with him on stage which held his salt shaker, etc.

Just wonderful to see all of this and to gain a deeper understanding (and perspective) into the influence of magicians of yesteryear. Again, thank you, Bill Hegbli for posting such a wonderful video.
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Frank started out as a stage manipulator in the 50s. Just about every stage manipulator in that decade and prolly before was heavily influenced by Cardini. Some more blatant than others.
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In the July 1955 MUM they have a wonderful article on Frank Garcia including early influences. His meeting Cardini early on is called out explicitly:

"At the age of 14 he bought a copy of Erdnase, and practiced, practiced, practiced, until he became quite proficient with cards. He met Bill Simon, who helped him a lot in that field. Later they worked on a book together, entitled, "Controlled Miracles." He also met Francis Carlyle, who taught him much about cigarettes, then Bruce Elliott, who later
dedicated an issue of The Phoenix to him.

About this time Louis Zingone played all of the Loew Theatres in the New York area, and formed an amateur group to compete in a contest held at the conclusion of his act. There were three who travelled consistently with the unit — Norman Jensen, Julie Durege, and Frank. When they played Brooklyn, they came from Brooklyn. When they played the Bronx, they came from the Bronx—and so on. That same year Frank decided to take in his first magic convention, so with $30
in his pocket he set out for Percy Abbott's affair at Colon, Mich. With careful nursing of pennies it could
be done, and Frank had the time of his life, but little sleep, swapping tricks with James Stewart, Stewart Judah, John Braun, Vin Carey, Eddie Mario, and others.

The year was 1947, and Frank met Jay Marshall and Cardini. Odd jobs kept him going, but his free time
was spent at magic shops and at the New York Public Library, boning up on magic from the S.A.M.-Ellison Collection. That same year he was employed by Max Holden, to work behind the counter and to give lessons in magic"
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