Special Mention from March 1996: ARM OF MAGIC

Article reproduced with permission from THE LINKING RING, Vol. 76 No. 3 (March 1996), the official magazine of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, USA.


It happened at the Oakland Convention last July. A young lad from Bangalore, India had entered the closeup contest and performed very skillfully an unusual Cups and Balls routine. The lad’s pleasant personality endeared him to everyone. Every move seemed perfect. 

He exuded a confidence and professional manner which strongly suggested he will become a well-known performer in the years to come. His name was “Master P. Vinay,” and he is a junior member of Ring 177 in Bangalore. 

As he exited the competition, Aldo Colombini came out and asked Vinay where he had learned that routine. The boy replied that his master, Uday Jadugar, had given him a book and showed him how to do it. Vinay then studied the book and practiced. 

Aldo asked if he remembered the name of the person who wrote the book and the lad said it was a Mr. Colombini. 

Student and Teacher, Youth and Age, Beauty and…. (I guess I’d better simply title it P. Vinay and A. Colombini—now you know why I waited until Aldo and Angie are out of the country before running this photo. Congratulations to both student and teacher. PRW) 

At that point, a very proud Aldo introduced himself and put his arm around the lad. Fortunately, Past International President Ed Morris was right there with his camera and took the accompanying photo. Aldo told Ed that he was very moved to think that a boy on the other side of the world had mastered every move in his routine. 

The wonderful world of magic is without borders or boundries and its only limits are those we, ourselves, put on it. 

By Phil Willmarth

Article reproduced from: Pgs. 83, The Linking Ring Vol. 76 No. 3 (March 1996); Phil Willmarth, ed.; International Brotherhood of Magicians, USA.

Sourced from: Linking Ring Archives at AskAlexander.org, A Conjuring Arts Project.