Johnny Magoo was a wonderful performer in London. I was trying to work the streets doing magic, and kept getting stopped by the police. Ken Brookes told me that only “disabled veterans” were able to work the streets unmolested, and suggested I look for a performer with whom I could team up.
I ran into Johnny on Penny Lane and adopted me immediately. He would collect a crowd and then introduce me as his “son from America.” I would do tricks and pass the hat. We did very well and went to the Derby to work the crowds outside.
Johnny appeared in the opening to a Peter Sellers movie. He was a real charmer and excellent crowd draw.