Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Winner Roy Walton

It is April. In celebration of this blogs three year existence, the whole month will be winner time. Only the coolest and best members of our elite circle of nerds will be featured.

Today: Roy Walton

Do I have to write this? Isn't it clear that Roy Walton deserves a big spot among any magic winners?

When it comes to card magic and somebody is pressed to name the most influential card magicians of the last century, you can easily judge his knowledge and devotion to the subject by looking for Roy Walton's name. If he is among them you got somebody in front of you who knows card magic. If his name is not in the list you are standing in front of a hack. The numerous contributions to many, many different magazines and other magic related pamphlets stand as a statue of the man. If you are looking for solution to certain problems, check out Walton. If you look for interesting plots check out Walton. If you are looking for self workers, check out Walton. What about knuckle busters, memory demonstrations, practical and efficient sleights and principles? Well, check out Walton.

Here is a sketch of Roy Walton by John Helvin

Roy has been a mentor to many great magicians like Jerry Sadowitz or Peter Duffie. But if you count the one-sided experience of many young magicians reading Walton's tricks and thoughts, he has certainly mentored hundreds. I'm one of them. I couldn't be more thankful.


Justin said...

Is he that old guy that uses all those turnover passes?

magiccarrot24 said...

Roy Walton is truly one of the greatest men that have ever lived. Not only is he one of the best car dmagicians of all time he is also a true gentleman. Having had the pleasure of meeting him several times I am constantly blown away both by his outstanding sleight of hand and his gentlemanly manner.

One of my greatest honours in magic was when I was first starting out and Roy taught me how to do an elmsley count, I know its not the most difficult of sleights but from a technical point of view I have a near perfect elmsley count not like some of the really sloppy ones you see on You Tube.

He has of course advised me on many other magic based problems that I've had but the first time was definatly the most memorable.