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from Gilles Mageux
very sad to report.....
Fectner just passed away after a long period of illnes at
the age of 64, to-day.
great magic legend is gone and will be a huge loss for the
known French movie producer, his name is known to the magicians
around the world. Since his 1979 FISM 1st prizes (Grand illusions
and invention), he has been an icon in magic,. He had been
a prolific inventor, collector, historian and writer of many
a good friend will be missed.
for musketeer" George Proust, Didier Morax, Pierre Mayer
and Gilles Mageux
cards may be sent to:
Solange Fechner and her children
39 rue des Tilleuls
Fax: 00 33 1 46 99 03 43
Who in Magic
(Agen, Lot et Garonne, France: 1944- ) Professional film producer
in France since c1975, producing 34 films including Camille
Learned magic at age 12 from "Kle-ro", a side-show
fair magician. Semi-pro illusionist since age 17, including
some time with circus. 1979 AFAP Bronze Medal. 1979 FISM 1st
prize in grand illusions (using his own Bar Stool Levitation)
& 1st prize in invention (Vanishing TV). Since then he
has performed on stage only 4 times, preferring to invent
& produce magic. 1981 AMA Award of Merit.
A major magic collector with 5,000 books (2,000+ in French),
500 posters, props, & automata -- all displayed in his
castle in Bordeaux.
Prolific inventor of illusions. In 1981 invented the famous
version of the Floating Piano that he gave to Norm Nielsen
in 1982. Wrote Soirées Fantastiques (2 vols, 1988).
A bio sketch by Amy Stevens is in the Winter 1990/91 Stevens
NOTE: Ads for the Gamolo Levitation that used a photo of Fechner
doing his Bar Stool Levitation falsely imply that these two
effects & methods are the same. (Mad Magic #29)