On May 17, 2014, Sol Stone was honored in New York City as Magician of the Year by the Society of American Magicians, Parent Assembly 1. The presentation was made during the annual Salute to Magic show, which this year was held at the Queens Theatre. Sol has been an influential figure in magic both as a creator of innovative close-up effects and as a mentor to many aspiring conjurors. He is known for his graceful and soft performing style and for the direct and very magical nature of the tricks he has created. In the 84 years in which he has pursued his interest in magic he has known or seen most of the greatest magicians of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Nate Leipzig, Dai Vernon, Al Flosso, Jean Hugard, and Al Goshman to name just a few. His life's work in magic was recently documented in the book The Essential Sol Stone, published in 2012. This video was shown at the Salute to Magic as an introduction to the Magician of the Year presentation.
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