From Perfect Magic's blog:
For a brief moment I had a flashback to a Magic Convention. Dai Vernon, the 80 plus year old legend, with a lot of knowledge and experience. He was a living legend and everyone was trying to get to him, but he wasn’t interested in them. He was only interested in Phil, yes, Phil Matlin, because they were both honky tonk and ragtime piano players and Dai loved that music. even more than magic.
Women were not prominent on the magic scene back then. That’s changing too.