The FFFF Book

The FFFF Book

To put it simply, The FFFF Book is a collection of memories and effects from the Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic convention from 1970 to 2011!

There are dozens of contributors, each a member of the convention at one time or another. Such magicians include Pit Hartling, Paul Gertner, Steve Beam, Doc Eason, Phil Goldstein, Herb Zarrow, Allan Slaight, Earl Oakes, Tom Craven, Gary Plants, Obie O'Brien, Sid Lorraine, and many more! The effects explained throughout this book cover cards to coins, even a few ring and match tricks to break things up.

The routines are so diverse and range in skill level, this book should not be overlooked. The memories that are contained in it, both of the 4F convention and of Eddie Fechter, are very telling too. You're not quite "there with them," but you most certainly want to be.

What's really interesting is that this book took more than 20 years to put together. From the Foreword:

Magic books often take much longer than planned to get published, by The FFFF Book has taken a really long time! The original book, what was to be the third in the Magic from the Forks series, was planned for the 20th anniversary of FFFF. And since the gathering this last April was the 41st... well you can do the math!
Foreword of The FFFF Book by Charlie Randall

Where to buy?

Last I checked, you should be able to pick up The FFFF Book at Vanishing Inc. The last price tag I saw for this book was set at $50.00.

Buy at Vanishing Inc.

Contents of The FFFF Book

Foreword by Charlie Randall


  • I Remember the Forks by Dick Cook
  • A Few FFFF Pranks & Flops

The FFFF'ers

My Early Memories of Eddie by Bill Miesel

The FFFF'ers (continued)


This book is written by Obie O'Brien, featuring the work of various others. It includes illustrations by Earl Oakes. Mine is a hardcover copy published in 2012 by H & R Magic Books with a total of 325 pages.