I’m sad to report that David L. Bendix, best known as being the inventor of the “Bendix Bombshell Wallet,” died yesterday after a brief illness.
Dave, an intensely private person, was very active in the New Orleans magic community from 1950-1980. Over the years, he contributed many effects, ideas, and satires to various periodicals and was a close colleague of Ed Marlo, Arthur Hastings, Dave Solomon, and many others. He was also known for his sardonic and often brilliant humor. Roy Johnson (writing in Abracadabra back in 1972) wrote this about Dave: “Then there was Bendix ! To understand and appreciate
the humor of Dave Bendix is difficult without actually witnessing him
in the flesh. His approach is so sincere and serious that one has been
led up the garden path without realizing it!” Dave was an active member of the Marlo Sodality and he wrote up many of Marlo’s routines and even illustrated some of the items. Dave was 78. Further information is pending.