The Original Close-Up Convention

Joan Caesar
Glenn Brown
Board Of Directors:
Steve Beam
Jimmy Cieslinski

Mike Joseph
Christian Painter
Gary Wiseman
Meir Yedid
Backstage Crew:
Gary Ward (Manager).
Ken Abbott, Greg Frewin, John Michael Hinton, Mike Miller, and Steve Friedberg.
Audiovisual Crew:
Jimmy C. (Manager).
Christian Grace, Larry Kohorst, Jake Lundgren, Jerry Templeton, and Rick Wilcox
4F Shop Crew:
Rod Chow (Manager).
Shank Kothare, Simon Lane, Rajneesh Madhok, Eva May Nicot, Ed Ripley, Michael Tallon.

Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic

In Memory of Eddie Fechter
Eddie Fechter

Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic

Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic (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.

The 51st Anniversary 4F Convention is planned for April 24-27, 2024.
The Guests of Honor will be:

Charming Choi,
Jimmy Cieslinski, and Christian Schenk.

2024 Hotel Information:
M Hotel Buffalo
2040 Walden Ave
Buffalo NY 14225
Direct phone: 716-681-2400.

"Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic" commonly referred to as the 4F or FFFF was started in April 1971 at the 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 to the art of close-up magic. Bill Okal is no longer involved with the convention, Eddie Fechter passed away on March 31, 1979, and Obie O'Brien passed away September 11, 2021. 4F is now run by Joan Caesar and Glenn Brown, with advice from the Board of Directors.

If you would like more information or would like to attend a future FFFF Convention Contact:
Joan Caesar: HERE or Glenn Brown: HERE

The FFFF Guests Of Honor:
Since 1977 every convention was dedicated to a "Guest Of Honor" for their 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 Johnsson*
1985-Tom Mullica*
1986-Jay Marshall*
1987-Tom Craven
1988-Phil Willmarth*
1989-Gary Ouellet*
1990-Shigeo Takagi*
1991-Harry Lorayne*
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
2005-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
2016-Dani DaOrtiz
2016-Miguel Angel Gea
2016-Christian Engblom
2017-Rocco Silano
2018-Pit Hartling
2019-Mike Powers
2023-Mark Mason
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 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
2016- Jimmy Cieslinski
2017- Katalina Absolon & Christian Painter
2018- Howard Hamburg
2019- Maria Schwieter
2023- Tom Craven & Eric DeCamps
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