Eddie Fechter (February 16, 1916 - Match 31, 1979), born John Edwin (or Edwin John), was a bar magician at his Forks Hotel restaurant outside of Buffalo New York. He hosted the first close-up convention known as Fetcher's Finger Flinging Frolics there in 1969. He was known as Fast Fingers Eddie and Slippery Ed to the public.
In 1943, Eddie joined the U.S. Army and spent most of his time stationed at Fort Mead, Maryland, working at the Special Services office. He performed his magic at a number of army posts and gave demonstrations on gambling and dice handling.
After getting out of the army, he opened Fechter's Magic Bar in Orchid Park, New York, but it only lasted a few months. He then worked as a bartender and resident magician for a V.F.W. Post in Buffalo. After saving enough money, he opened another bar called Fechter's in 1952. The in 1958, he bought the new famous Forks Hotel restaurant.
Eddie died of leukemia.
- Genii May 1979 cover issue
- Magician Nightly: The Magic of Eddie Fechter by Jerry Mentzer
- Eddie Fechter's Dice Holdout Methods for Magicians by Jerry Mentzer