It is with profound Sadness that I report the passing of my dear friend, Frank Brents of Louisville, KY. Frank was recognized as America's Favorite Black Magician. Frank never ceased to win over any audience with that winning smile.
He was my dear friend and was recognized world wide as a noted dove worker, and is best remembered by the public as the Duck Magician having vanished Geronimo the Duck world wide for more than 30 years. (In this day and age where everything is incredibly accessible on DVD or the internet, Frank learned his craft the old fashioned way- trial and error, sweat, failure and brushing yourself off and doing it yet again. In my book, this is a pro.)
Frank unselfishly gave of his time and knowledge to many of the younger performers here in the NY area. He was a wealth of knowledge and information and delightful company.
As many in the magic community may be unaware, Frank made a point of confiding in me and he knew that we trusted each other. He really didn't care to share his confidences with many others. I valued his friendship and trust in me. I made it a point to take care of Frank as best I could in as many ways as I could. I literally spoke to him at least once or twice daily when I wasn't on the road, for the last 20 plus years. He attended many of my performances and was a firm, yet too kind, a critic.
As a performer, Frank toured the world for more than 30 years, making numerous apperances on the popular Captain Kangaroo TV show, the Olympia Theater in Paris- performing with such performers of note as Shimada, Norm Nielson. Frank told me that he always believed that his greatest triumph was a command performance for Princess Grace and Prince Ranier of Monaco. (the show program of this event would make any of today's greats drool.) Lance Burton was also acquainted with fellow Louisville-an Frank Brents, as Frank sent Lance a postcard from Europe that Lance still treasures all these years later.
Now retired, Frank was a member of the board of the weekly "Monday Night Magic" here in NY, and continued to take the stage on occasion. I spoke with Frank literally hours before his passing, and right up to the end, Frank's love of magic was obvious, so much so that he was delaying going to the hospital because he was waiting for the mail to arrive, as he ordered a couple of new magic books. That was the Frank Brents that I knew and loved.
Right up until the end, Frank was working on a new, unique and novel presentation of the Magic Square, that he was extremely proud of.
Some form of a memorial will be put together in Frank's honor. When I find out more information from Frank's family, I will let everyone know. In the meantime, please take a moment to say a prayer for the loss of a great gentleman and gifted performer.
It is with EXTREME SADNESS that I report this to the magic community.
Frank- you are in my heart and prayers.
Rest in peace my Friend,