Chan Canasta

While brousing through YouTube recently, I came across the following videos. They are of a performer who, in the 1950s, caused a huge sensation on British TV. His name was Chan Canasta and his TV show in the ’50s caused a huge sensation. On a magical level, he was prepared to take risks that many, myself included, were not – and are not – willing to take. However, in the early ’60s Canasta retired from performing to become a painter. Then, as the story goes, John Fisher, then one of the producers of the “Parkinson” talk show managed to talk Canasta into appearing on TV one more time. What follows, in 3 parts, is the whole performance.

Nothing has been missed. It is apparent that the clips have finished where they do so that they do not interfere with the performance of the effect. In these 3 clips, you will find why Derren Brown names Canasta as one of his main influences.

I hope you enjoy them – I certainly did.

Part 1
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZFgNTerEI8&w=425&h=350]

Part 2
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2L7NjnGUxg&w=425&h=350]

Part 3
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yv7dHO0vu4&w=425&h=350]

Speak soon.

The Cardman 🙂

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