As many others, I came to the world of magic when I was a kid at Christmas. Santa brought me a splendid
magic set. I wish I still had it today. I came back to magic seriously seven years ago in 1996 when an excellent
coin worker friend showed me some great routines that drove me crazy. I asked him where I could learn some
magic with coins. He replied simply, with a smile in his eyes, “You must meet a great friend of mine ... Bobo”
Since that day, J. B. Bobo's “Modern Coin Magic” is never far away from me. It was my entrance into a new
My second great encounter with magic was with the "Bizard side" of it. This approach to magic is really
unique and especially innovative. Some magicians, and other fine thinkers, believe a magician should be a
good story teller or comedian and then build from there. Then, later, [as a secret weapon perhaps] a magician
can use his magical techniques and other skills to illustrate those stories. Many of us feel that the future of
magic is what is known as Bizarre Magic because of its modern story component.
Divine magic apparatus is inevitably a source of astonishment in all of us. I am really fascinated by the spirit of
the creator and the mind behind an item. As a result, I discovered the unique and exquisite work of those
great magic craftsmen — Eddy Taytelbaum, Alan Warner, Petrie & Lewis, Clarence Miller, Mel Babcock,
I owe a great thank you to my Australian friend Ian Buckland for his help and guidance. He shares with me his
huge magic knowledge. Ian is a great collector and a great magician. He gave me an understanding of the
pleasure of collecting and he inspired in me the delight of 'hunting' for an object of wonder.
These people and inspirations drove me in a natural way towards my passion, the crafting of fine magic
apparatus. This is certainly my greatest pleasure. Starting with a simple piece of wood and arriving some days
later at the finished item. My love of making beautiful things turns wood into true magic.
New items will be added from time to time throughout these pages, so do not hesitate to come back often to
see what's cooking.
François M. Danis.