Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

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Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby Geno Munari » June 26th, 2011, 12:44 pm

So sorry to report that Sid Radner passed away yesterday.

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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby JohnCox » June 26th, 2011, 1:48 pm

Oh, no. I'm so sorry to hear that. :(
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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby houdini's ghost » June 26th, 2011, 2:49 pm

He wanted to be with Helen--forever--and now he is.
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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby Dustin Stinett » June 26th, 2011, 2:54 pm

Very sorry to hear that. Some friends and I were talking about him yesterday. My condolences to his family and many friends.

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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby JohnCox » June 26th, 2011, 6:02 pm

Sidney came to the preview dinner for the Houdini Art and Magic exhibition at the Skirball. It was good to see him there.

Does anyone know how old Sid was? Magipedia only says he was born in 1919. Did he turn 92 yet this year?
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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby Geno Munari » June 26th, 2011, 6:38 pm

I forgot that I had an interview of Sid on You Tube. There are four parts. Here is the link to part 1. Some really interesting stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIAq2TcROUw

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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby Tom Gilbert » June 26th, 2011, 8:53 pm

A visit to Sid's house in Holyoke, MA was an amazing experience.

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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby JohnCox » June 26th, 2011, 9:28 pm

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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby houdini's ghost » June 26th, 2011, 9:58 pm

I may have read it too fast--did the N.Y. Times mention that Sid was on the Tonight Show demonstrating Gambler's cheats?
An obit in the N.Y. Times--pretty good, Sid!
Every year, I would be astounded at the way the public and the press bit into Sid's Houdini Seance hokum.
I think he did more to preserve the legend of Houdini than anyone else--even Ed Saint.
I visited him once in Holyoke and he visited me a couple of times in Hollywood. He started doing card tricks on one occasion--and he was good.
My condolences to his family and friends, particularly, Henry and Bella Muller.
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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby David Byron » June 26th, 2011, 10:13 pm

Sid was kind enough to invite us to his home in Holyoke and to spend a long afternoon there among his treasures (and at a favorite cafe near Smith) talking shop. It was quite an experience for someone whose Houdini addiction was catalyzed by that early 70s documentary The Truth About Houdini. Quite a character.

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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby JimAlfredson » June 27th, 2011, 11:03 am

Was very sorry to hear of Sid's passing, I had some great conversations with him over the years. I think Pat had it right that Sid even outdid Ed Saint in his plugging of Houdini's [and, dare I say it, his own] name. When Sid was on a roll, nothing--as the saying goes--was lost in the telling of a story. On the other hand, he was a fund of fascinating information. Many of us will miss him.

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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby Earle Oakes » June 27th, 2011, 7:17 pm

John Cox,Sid Radner was born in December, 1919. He was 91 when he died.

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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby JohnCox » June 28th, 2011, 10:02 am

Thanks, Earle.
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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby Dave Dorsett » June 28th, 2011, 12:23 pm

My condolences to Sid's sons... he was a crusty character who was always open to us when we approached him on a deal or for some advice. He is owed a debt for rescuing much that would have been lost forever without his efforts.
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Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

Postby David Byron » September 15th, 2012, 10:20 am

My obit for Sid Radner, published privately last year, is now online. I hope those who knew him will recognize him in it.


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