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by Dave Dorsett
July 23rd, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eddy Taytelbaum dies...
Replies: 1
Views: 451

Eddy Taytelbaum dies...

My Dutch is way sketchy but I found a posting on FB that Eddy Taytelbaum died on the 21st of July. As a builder, it was an honor to have a chance to see a few of the items he created in person. They were truly works of art!

Recquiescat in pace, Mr. Taytelbaum.
by Dave Dorsett
January 24th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Obituary for Denny Haney
Replies: 17
Views: 2552

Re: Obituary for Denny Haney

Denny was one of the people I was most looking forward to working with again after my retirement plans kicked in and I went back to building magic later this year. His business advice over the years was worth more than anything I ever got from MBAs, small business advisors or municipal employees. He...
by Dave Dorsett
December 22nd, 2018, 2:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Obituary for Denny Haney
Replies: 17
Views: 2552

Denny Haney is seriously ill

Damn it... Dennis Haney, national magic treasure, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. A GoFundMe page has been set up. Please consider contributing if you're able. Our company got lots of support and good information from Denny with no regard to what he might get out of it. I hope this effort is...
by Dave Dorsett
October 4th, 2016, 3:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Potter Auction Catalogue ... WOWzer!
Replies: 2
Views: 1053

Re: New Potter Auction Catalogue ... WOWzer!

David Baldwin was truly a class gentleman. I was fortunate enough to see most of the collection in situ many years ago. My (now) wife and I stopped in to chat with him and view not only this collection, but his extensive collection of The Shadow material as well. He gave us the opportunity to make s...
by Dave Dorsett
October 4th, 2016, 11:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Osborne
Replies: 4
Views: 1033

Re: Paul Osborne

This is from the Illusion Systems home page- To all our Illusion Systems customers: Please rest assured that Illusion Systems will continue to exist and operate as we always have in spite of the sudden and untimely passing of our creator, Paul Osborne. We will continue to endeavor to bring you the s...
by Dave Dorsett
July 22nd, 2016, 3:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Abb Dickson - RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 2218

Re: Abb Dickson - RIP

I only had the fortune to meet with Abb once in person but we had a good correspondence by letter (remember those?) and phone in the early Nineties. He not only bought from us but was very generous with advice and suggestions on our product line. During our work with Sid Radner on the USD miniatures...
by Dave Dorsett
October 28th, 2015, 2:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Carl Williams - RIP
Replies: 2
Views: 1259

Re: Carl Williams - RIP

Just ran across this and very saddened to hear the news. Mr. Williams was a consummate craftsman and true gentleman that I was fortunate enough to work with on a couple of projects. It has been many years since then but I still fondly recall learning much from the man. Recquiescat in Pace, Mr. Willi...
by Dave Dorsett
April 7th, 2015, 12:01 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Need Help To Identify Guillotine
Replies: 1
Views: 1663

Re: Need Help To Identify Guillotine

It is clearly a Lester Lake "style" chopper. Thayer published very detailed plans for this piece (and many others) and this looks like it was made from those plans. The shape of the handles, feet, blade and cutouts are almost spot on to those shown. Might make finding the builder a bit mor...
by Dave Dorsett
February 27th, 2014, 2:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Baldwin R.I.P.
Replies: 2
Views: 790

Re: David Baldwin R.I.P.

Very sorry to hear this. Mr. Baldwin was always very cordial, open and interesting. He had a friendliness that belied his very lofty position in so many different arenas. His collection of not only magic but items relating to The Shadow and "Maxwell Grant"(Walter Gibson) was beyond impress...
by Dave Dorsett
October 6th, 2013, 9:43 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Collectible auction on eBay
Replies: 1
Views: 708

Re: Collectible auction on eBay

Closing today... about 6 hours left to go! Still a chance for some collectible bargains!
by Dave Dorsett
October 3rd, 2013, 6:31 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Collectible auction on eBay
Replies: 1
Views: 708

Collectible auction on eBay

Refocusing in some areas... clearing out some items for others to enjoy and/or use. Go to http://www.ebay.com/sch/dwsystems-ltd/m.html?item=221293118518&pt=Classic_Toys_US&hash=item3386190436&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562 Worth, Milson Worth, Douglas~Wayne, Creekmore and some guy name...
by Dave Dorsett
September 3rd, 2013, 3:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Morrissey Magic closed
Replies: 1
Views: 973

Morrissey Magic closed

Seen this item a few places around the Interwebs but nothing here... Morrissey Magic of Canada has apparently closed their doors for good following 54 years of magic manufacturing. Web site is down, phone disconnected and doors closed. Remaining stock has been purchased by D.Robbins and is being sol...
by Dave Dorsett
August 20th, 2013, 1:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: J.P. Jackson has Died
Replies: 11
Views: 3737

Re: J.P. Jackson has Died

Damn, damn, damn... late to the game but I just want to add what a wonderful guy J.P. was. We talked a lot through the years and did a few projects for each other. Always, always great to talk to whether magic related or just shooting the breeze. Turned out we had mutual connections in the little bu...
by Dave Dorsett
September 26th, 2012, 10:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Let Me Know if Your October Issue of Genii Has Arrived!
Replies: 73
Views: 11037

Re: Let Me Know if Your October Issue of Genii Has Arrived!

This A.M. (9/26) in central Illinois.
by Dave Dorsett
September 19th, 2012, 5:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Let Me Know if Your October Issue of Genii Has Arrived!
Replies: 73
Views: 11037

Re: Let Me Know if Your October Issue of Genii Has Arrived!

9/19, nothing yet- Downstate Illinois
by Dave Dorsett
May 14th, 2012, 11:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Carson Passes Away
Replies: 73
Views: 11971

Re: Johnny Carson Passes Away

And that American Masters piece ended up being very positive and loving toward magic in general. I strongly recommend it if you didn't see it tonight. "Modern Magic" as Rosebud... classic!
by Dave Dorsett
April 3rd, 2012, 12:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 103861

Re: Hank Lee

To Gary Kosnitzky- Richard Kaufman doesn't need my defense... we've only met a couple of times and in the first instance didn't get along too well. BUT- over the years he has invested time, money, effort and probably blood, sweat and tears. That's what business owners do. I know. Without his efforts...
by Dave Dorsett
October 28th, 2011, 12:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disecto gone wrong?
Replies: 22
Views: 3152

Re: Disecto gone wrong?

No,, they're not sharp- many have a "false edge" ground along the side to look like a cutting edge. BUT... a metal blade of any significant size either dropping from a height or being pushed violently down is likely to cause a great deal of damage.
by Dave Dorsett
October 4th, 2011, 5:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Burton Sperber has Crossed Over
Replies: 21
Views: 4682

Re: Burton Sperber Memorial Services

Mr. Sperber was always a joy to work with and his knowledge of magic history ran both broad and deep. Many were the times we would work on a specialized project for him with little regard to costing because it was just such a joy to learn from him. Magic suffers a great loss with his passing. Dave D...
by Dave Dorsett
June 28th, 2011, 12:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes
Replies: 14
Views: 4161

Re: Sid Radner - A Legend Passes

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.
by Dave Dorsett
January 12th, 2009, 12:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rings 'N' Thing II going belly up
Replies: 162
Views: 50613

Re: Rings 'N' Thing II going belly up

From the "it works for me but I wouldn't suggest it for everyone" department, I heard about the sale and placed an order BEFORE checking into this thread. I ordered just after Christmas but had seen nothing after the PayPal proscribed seven days for delivery. Having read these posts, I let...
by Dave Dorsett
January 17th, 2008, 12:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Welcome Back, Friends ...
Replies: 105
Views: 18897

Re: Welcome Back, Friends ...

"See that red button there, Kid?"
"Yeah"
"Don't EVER touch the red button!"

Too bad- I kind of liked being half-a-beast(#333)
by Dave Dorsett
January 17th, 2008, 8:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Welcome Back, Friends ...
Replies: 105
Views: 18897

Re: Welcome Back, Friends ...

"Oh, Toto, there's no place like home!" ;)

Good to be back and many thanks to Richard & staff for their efforts.

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