An outstanding portrait, well written and poignant.
However, I have one correction. The last paragraph on page 74 states "1956 also saw the CBS series "It's Magic", to date the only weekly magic show to run on prime time U.S. television."
"It's Magic" actually premiered during the summer of 1955, not '56. I have seen the erroneous date of 1956 in several other articles as well. I remember distinctly because I was living in Winston-Salem, NC at the time and would go next door and watch the show with my friend and his family. I even remember Jay Marshall's appearance on one of the shows - he was dressed like a jungle explorer, complete with pith helmet, and he did the linking rings.