RIP: Dennis Loomis

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RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Dustin Stinett » May 2nd, 2013, 12:10 pm

Dennis Loomis passed away at the age of 70. Denny's column in M-U-M was always a great read (he was great friends with Doug Henning). He was a raconteur of the modern era of magic. I didn't know him well, but I always enjoyed talking with him on the occasions we were at the same conventions or he was in town. He will be missed.

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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby luigimar » May 2nd, 2013, 1:14 pm

Sorry to hear this. My condolences to family and friends.

(2 magicians gone in 1 week, sad days...)
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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Mark Phillips » May 2nd, 2013, 1:31 pm

I'm stunned. He was doing a touring, school fundraising show back when I was in High School and worked for our marching band two years in a row. He was a very nice guy, did an excellent, professional show and even let an eager kid do the Anderson newspaper tear on his show.

My condolences to his family and friends - thanks for the break Dennis.

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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Q. Kumber » May 2nd, 2013, 6:29 pm

Really sorry to read this. We met twice and it was obvious Dennis was a real world working pro.

Many years ago I enrolled in a woodworking class to make up his version of the Doll House illusion, which must be the most deceptive ever designed.

His postings on the Cafe were always full of good solid advice.

R.I.P. Dennis

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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Bibliophage » May 2nd, 2013, 6:34 pm

23 nice gifts from him to us right here:

http://dennisloomis.com/memdeck/index.html

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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Jeremy Greystoke » May 2nd, 2013, 6:40 pm

Shocked and stunned. I knew Dennis from when I lived in Michigan a batch of years ago, and it was always great fun to run into him at conventions. His monthly articles in M-U-M were always a highlight (especially his comments regarding the infamous and legendary S&M act) and to say he'll be missed is an understatement. Once again we lose someone far, far too soon....

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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby JimAlfredson » May 3rd, 2013, 11:58 am

A real shock. Denny was raised in a small town some 40 miles from where I write this, and I first met him--and Doug Henning--at an Abbott Get-Together many years ago. We kept in touch off-and-on over the years, and he was a great guy. His attention to detail in his magic assured always excellent performances; he was a fine entertainer. So Long, Denny; I'll remember our past meetings with great pleasure.

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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Evan Shuster » May 4th, 2013, 10:21 am

So sorry to here this! Denny and I corresponded now and then via email, and he always had a funny or fascinating story to tell, often about his earlier days in magic. He had some great stories about Doug Henning, among others, and he always seemed eager to share.

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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 4th, 2013, 11:08 am

Will someone volunteer to write a short obit: 250 words or so, for Genii?
I also need a photo. Send to moobooks@verizon.net.
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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 4th, 2013, 9:13 pm

Bump! I could use a volunteer for this.
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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Bill Marquardt » May 4th, 2013, 11:37 pm

Richard, I did not know Dennis but I have sent a notice to someone who did know him, and perhaps you will get a response by tomorrow or the next day.

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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 4th, 2013, 11:56 pm

Thanks.
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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby F.Amílcar » May 5th, 2013, 1:18 am

Dear friends,

Our most sincre condolences to his family an friends fron Barcelona-Spain.

Truly yours,

F. Amilcar Riega i Bello.

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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Rick Benstock » May 5th, 2013, 1:54 am

Not sure how to reply to a post. I was very close to Dennis Loomis when we both lived in Ann Arbor. Dennis introduced me to magic and we sessioned together often. We also shared illegal substances and I crashed on his couch many many times. I met Doug Henning in his living room.

However it was so long ago (though we exchanged emails again the past few years), I can't really provide a biography. And I don't have a photo. We were good friends, like brothers, "back in the day." I am still in shock.

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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby atkinsod » May 7th, 2013, 12:50 pm

So sad to hear it. Dennis was very kind to me with information about Chop Cups for my website some years back. He worked with Jim Riser on the Micro Chop Cup, which was a great little set and a good routine.

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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Gregory Schultz » May 13th, 2013, 9:34 am

I will miss him. I thought he was a very talented innovative magician. Saw him perform many times. He did a great lecture in the 70's. I altered some equipment of mine due to that. When I got on the internet I found him and corresponded some with him. Really kind man. One of a kind. If I remember right, didn't he freak out either the IBM or SAM convention with a kind of S & M routine where he removed his assistants dress at one point?

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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Mark Paulson » May 26th, 2013, 2:19 am

I read in MAGIC magazine today that Dennis took his own life. I hadn't heard that before. Any truth to that?

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Re: RIP: Dennis Loomis

Postby Dustin Stinett » May 26th, 2013, 2:00 pm

I had not heard that. I don't get Magic anymore, but I believe Dick Oslund wrote the obit for it. Dick was Denny's best friend in the world, so if he says it, it's true. Very sad.


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