The Original Close-Up Convention

FFFF Chairman: Obie O'Brien
President:
Obie O'Brien
FFFF Board Member: Glenn Brown
FFFF Board Member: Jimmy Cieslinski
FFFF Board Member: Dan Garrett
FFFF Board Member: Mike Hilburger FFFF Board Member: Mike Joseph FFFF Board Member: Meir Yedid
Board Of Directors:
Glenn Brown
Jimmy Cieslinski

Dan Garrett
Mike Hilburger
Mike Joseph
Meir Yedid
Joan Caesar
Executive Assistant:

Joan Caesar
Advisors:
Tony Gerard
Backstage Crew:
Lee Eyler (Manager). Thomas Blacke, Jack Chancellor, Ray Eyler, Scott Miller.
Audiovisual Crew:
Jimmy C. (Manager), Joe Cappon, Larry Kohorst, Gary Ward, Rick Wilcox, Tony Gerard (Lighting).
4F Shop Crew:
Rod Chow (Manager), Shank Kothare, Simon Lane, Rajneesh Madhok, Amanda Nicot, Jay McLaughlin, Ed Ripley, Michael Tallon.


Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic

Convention Reviews:
2015 4F Review
2014 4F Review
2013 4F Review
2012 4F Review
2011 4F Review
2010 4F Review
2009 4F Review
2008 4F Review
2007 4F Review
2006 4F Review
2005 4F Review
2004 4F Review
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Photo Galleries:
Tony Gerard Photos
Mike Powers Photos
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Upcoming Conventions:
2016 - April 27-28-29-30
2017 - April 26-27-28-29
2018 - April 25-26-27-28
2019 - April 24-25-26-27
2020 - April 22-23-24-25
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In Memory of Eddie Fechter
Eddie Fechter

Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic

OBIE'S 4F convention is the "Original Close-Up Magic Convention" and the most prestigious gathering of close-up magicians in the world. Since 1971 the By-Invitation-Only event continues to feature the best performers, creators and lecturers in the world.

Danny DaOrtiz, Miguel Angel Gea, Christian EngblomThe 46th Annual Obie's 4F Convention will be held on April 27-30, 2016. The Guests Of Honor will be Danny DaOrtiz, Miguel Angel Gea, and Christian Engblom.

Danny DaOrtiz, Miguel Angel Gea, and Christian Engblom are among the most skilled, creative and entertaining magicians around, with many individual accomplishments and honors. For many years they have also performed and lectured as a team and became known as The Fat Brothers.

 

Oscar MunozThe 45th Annual FFFF Convention took place on April 22-25, 2015. The Guest Of Honor was Oscar Muñoz and the Lou Gallo MVP winners were Amanda & Roger Nicot.

For a whimsical review of the 2015 convention click: HERE.

To find out more about our founder Obie O'Brien click: HERE.

Upcoming Guest Of Honors:
2017: Rocco Silano
2018: Pit Hartling
2019: Mike Powers
2020: Mark Mason

Tentative Schedule of Events:
Wednesday April 27:
8:00pm: 4F Kick-Off Show
10:00pm: Lecture
11:00pm: Hospitality Suite
Friday April 29:
11:00am: Pat Page Workshop
Noon: Lunch (on your own)
1:30pm: Lecture of Show TBA
3:30pm: Finger Flicking Show
5:30pm: Dinner Buffet
8:00pm: World Close-Up Show
11:00pm: Hospitality Suite
Thursday April 28:
11:00am
: Lecture
12:30pm: Lunch (on your own)
1:30pm: Teach-A-Trick
3:30pm: 2nd Close-Up Show
5:30pm: Dinner (on your own)
8:00pm: Lecture
11:00pm: Hospitality Suite
Saturday April 30:
11:00am: Lecture
12:30pm: Lunch Buffet
1:30pm: Lecture of Show TBA
3:30pm: Fabulous Frolics Show
5:30pm: Dinner Buffet
7:30pm: Fat Brothers Tribute
8:00pm: Grand Finale Show
11:30pm: Hospitality Suite
"Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic" commonly referred to as the 4F or Obie's 4F convention was started in April 1971 at the famous Forks Hotel in Buffalo, New York by Eddie Fechter, Bill Okal and "Obie" O'Brien, who decided that it would be nice to have a convention dedicated strictly to the art of close-up magic. Bill Okal is no longer involved with the convention and Eddie Fechter passed away on March 31, 1979, leaving Obie O'Brien who continues to produce "The Original Close-Up Magic Convention."

If you would like more information or would like to attend a future FFFF Convention read the open letter from our president by clicking: HERE.

The FFFF Guest Of Honors:
Since 1977 every convention was dedicated to a single "Guest Of Honor" for his contributions to close-up magic. The Recipients were:
1977- Jim Ryan*
1978- Eddie Fechter*
1979- Larry Jennings*
1980- Gene Gordon*
1981- Bob Read*
1982- Sid Lorraine*
1983- Steve Dusheck
1984- Rick Johnson*
1985- Tom Mullica
1986- Jay Marshall*
1987- Tom Craven
1988- Phil Willmarth*
1989- Gary Ouellet*
1990- Shigeo Takagi*
1991- Harry Lorayne
1992- Daryl
1993- Paul Gertner
1994- Derek Dingle*
1995- Paul Daniels
1996- Jerry Andrus*
1997- Johnny Thompson
1998- Juan Tamariz
1999- Lennart Green
2000- Bill Malone
2001- Herb Zarrow*
2002- Max Maven
2003- Meir Yedid
2004- Pat Page*
2005- Gene Anderson & Dan Garrett
2006- Aldo Colombini*
2007- Ton Onosaka
2008- Boris Wild
2009- Henry Evans
2010- Obie O'Brien
2011- Steve Beam
2012- David Stone
2013- Stephen Bargatze
2014- Shawn Farquhar
2015- Oscar Muñoz
*Deceased.
The Lou Gallo MVP Award:
In honor of Lou Gallo (1932-2004) the annual Most Valuable Participant award is named the "Lou Gallo MVP Award." The award, which is voted on by all attendees, is given annually to the person whom they thought contributed the most to make the 4F convention a big success.
Previous FFFF MVPs:
1982- Karl Norman*
1983- Steve Dusheck
1984- Bob Stencel*
1985- Jerry Andrus*
1986- Shigeo Takagi*
1987- Rocco
1988- Gary Kurtz
1989- David Williamson
1990- Juan Tamariz
1991- Aldo Colombini*
1992- Lennart Green
1993- Jim Krenz
1994- Steve Beam
1995- Paul Daniels
1996- Pat Page*
1997- Alex Elmsley*
1998- Tom Gagnon
1999- Lennart Green
2000- Bill Malone
2001- Tim Ellis & Susanne Webster
2002- Henry Evans
2003- David Stone
2004- Armando Lucero
2005- Reed McClintock
2006- Flicking Fingers
2007- Shoot Ogawa
2008- Boris Wild
2009- Dick Cook
2010- Obie O'Brien
2011- Steve Beam
2012- Denis Behr
2013- Dani DaOrtiz
2014- Michael Dardant
2015- Amanda & Roger Nicot
*Deceased.
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