December 23, 2012
Jeff Pinsky here.
Some of you may wonder what in the world is the connection between Albert Goshman, Johnny Carson and the founder of the Browser's Den, Len Cooper.
Len and Bernice Cooper started a family once they got married. And as many find out, the irregular income of a professional entertainer often does not mesh very well with having three growing children to take care of.
So Len gave up his comedy magic act. And for 20 years he owned and operated a record shop in New York.
At the end the record shop was no longer a going concern and he shut it down.
For a short while Len really did not know what to do next. He was selling records wholesale but it was not generating enough steady income.
One evening Len was watching the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
At the opening of the show it was announced that one of the performers on the show that night would be Albert Goshman.
As young kids Len and Albert had belonged to the same magic club operated by Shari Lewis father. At that time Albert was no better than any of the other kids.
During Len's time away from magic his old childhood friend Albert had become one of the premier close-up magicians in the world.
Goshman gave a sterling performance that night on the Carson show.
For the first time in over twenty years Len got thinking about magic again. All because of Goshman's wonderful performance on the Tonight Show.
And within a short period of time back in 1975 opened up Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto.
Until Next Time.
And Merry Christmas,