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Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic

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The Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic (FFFF) convention is the "Original Close-Up Magic Convention" and the most prestigious gathering of close-up magicians in the world. Since 1971 it has been a By-Invitation-Only event.[1]

Commonly referred to as the 4F convention, It 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.

Beginning in 1977 every convention was dedicated to a single "Guest Of Honor" for his contributions to close-up magic.

In honor of Lou Gallo, the annual Most Valuable Person 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 convention a big success.[2]

The 39th Annual FFFF Convention was held on April 22-25, 2009 in Batavia, New York. with Guest Of Honor being Henry Evans.

The 40th Annual FFFF Convention was held on April 21-24, 2010 in Batavia, New York, with Guest Of Honor being Obie O'Brien.


  2. Article by Obie O'Brien in Genii 1986 August