I've often wondered how I'd react when I got the call that Jay had passed away. When the call came early this morning, I wasn't ready for it. Now I have to tell my kids, Steven MARSHALL and my daughter, Jessica, affectionately known as "J." They are only 10 and 8. I'm not sure how to tell them.
Jay and I became friends in 1963 when he helped me with a show. In 1968, I interviewed him for a school paper. After the interview, I asked for his autograph. He gave me a copy of his book, "TV, Magic and You." Inside it said, "To Sandy, With love from his dad, Jay Marshall MERRY XMAS 1955." (Sandy, If you want the book, let me know. You are the only person in the world for whom I'd part with the book.) Around 1970, I shot slides of his poster collection for him. Two or three years later, I shot it again for the book, "100 Years of Magic Posters." Through the years I had the pleasure of helping out in the shop.
Jay, thank you for decades of help, ideas, joy, jokes, books, circuses and great memories. Give Fran a big hug for me. Take care of Lefty.