I met Chappy Brazil in Las Vegas. I saw him do walk around magic at Ceasars Magical Empire. I watched as he stole watches and did a very funny coin routine where he continually pulled coins from a woman's chest, gradually the coins became larger and he finally produced a 4.5" coin to thunderous applause.
I introduced myself to him and told him I was a magician. He warmly shook my hand and we chatted for about 5 minutes. As I was leaving, he said, "By the way, this is for you." He handed me a watch box and I pulled my own watch from it. I was absolutely dumbfounded. I had just seen him steal watch after watch and yet he still got mine.
I got to spend some time with him on my next Vegas trip. He taught me his watch steal during his breaks from pitching magic at one of the hotel magic shops. While working behind the counter, he stole peoples' watches, bracelets and any other thing he could get his hands on.
While demonstrating sponge balls, he went into his sponge balls from mouth. He was a master at this. He had me and the entire crowd that he had drawn in tears.
I was deeply saddened by his death. Magic has lost a real mentsch.