2018 In Review

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2018 In Review

Postby Dustin Stinett » January 1st, 2019, 12:19 am

The Genii Forum’s Review of 2018

So here we are in 2018 … wait … WHAT? 2019??? When did that happen?

Oh well. So here we go again. A quick recap of the year that was. 2018. I am among those who—for the most-part—wish it good riddance. Harry Anderson, Ricky Jay, and Pete Biro all died this year—Harry and Pete bookending Ricky. I knew all three and called one a good friend. All three are gone, but never to be forgotten. Each left his mark (and in all cases, marks) and not just in magic. There were, of course, some other decent and interesting moments here on the Genii Forum in 2018. And they were all because of you, the members who participate. Thank you for that. Now please enjoy this annual look back in time.

January

On the Cover of Genii: John Lovick
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Some Rest for the Weary

For the first time in who knows how long, Steve Bryant, the purveyor of all that is great at Little Egypt Magic, takes a month off from … well … purveying. There is no January 2018 update at his terrific site. He had a good excuse: he was moving from one corner of Little Egypt to another. He was back in February and hasn’t missed a beat since. For reviews, news, and generally positive thoughts on magic, catch up with him at http://www.littleegyptmagic.com/magic.html

That’s a Good Start

Charlie Chaplin may have been the biggest star of his time, but the undisputed king of early cinema comedy has to be Buster Keaton. This clip of some of his stunts in narrated by the man himself. He brings up Houdini, who, so the legend goes, gave young Joseph Frank Keaton his nickname. Toward the end of the clip is an illusion filmed during the silent era. Those who argue over who created it these days should take notice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frYIj2F ... D=ref_fark

Visiting the Chamber of Secrets

We get to spend some quality time with California TV legend Huell Howser as he visited John Gaughan's original shop and museum in the San Fernando Valley. It's a wonderful way to spend 27 minutes.
https://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser- ... ting-1031/

February

On the Cover of Genii: Max Maven
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My But That Was Quick (Part One)

A joint project between Art of Play and Pitchford Entertainment, Media, and Magic, 2,500 replicas (in poker size) of Cardini's cards were reproduced and sold for $15 a deck. An email ad from A of P went out on 2/8 and a notice posted to the Genii Forum early the next day. Before the end of that day, the cards were sold out.

Making History by Documenting History

Kenrick “Ice” McDonald’s documentary film, Quiet Masters – The History and Relevance of the Black Magical Artist is released on Amazon Prime television.

Netflix Magic, Take One

Derren Brown’s show, The Push (To The Edge) appears on the streaming television service Netflix. More Netflix Magic from the British mega-star is planned.

Never Too Late for the Good Stuff

A clip from 2015 is recently uncovered by Forum member Dick Hatch: David Williamson and Colin Cloud on a “Google Talk” video. It features performances by the Williamson and Cloud, which are followed by an interview. It was done during a West End (London) run of "The Illusionists."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFRfsbAk7pE

Magic Bar Returns to Chicago

The Chicago Magic Lounge opens on February 22, bringing a destination for magic back to the Windy City.
https://www.chicagomagiclounge.com/

March

On the Cover of Genii: Randy Sinnott
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Asked and Answered

Derek DelGaudio appears on NPR’s Ask Me Another program:
https://www.npr.org/2018/03/02/58953405 ... ht-of-mind

We Still Have Some Time

The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles releases its 2018-2019 season. It includes Helder Guimarães’ show, Invisible Tango, directed by Frank Marshall.
http://www.geffenplayhouse.org/more_inf ... how_id=285

My But That Was Quick (Part Two)

Deception is a new ABC television series about an FBI magician. Its first episode airs on March 11. Its last is broadcast on May 27.

And the Nominees Are …

The Academy of Magic Arts releases its list of nominees for its 2017 awards:

Close-Up
Eric Jones
Armando Lucero
Garrett Thomas
Richard Turner
Bill Goodwin*
Andrew Goldenhersh*
*tie

Stage
The Clairvoyants
Derek Hughes
Tina Lenert
Shoot Ogawa
Voronin

Parlour
Woody Aragon
Chris Capehart
Handsome Jack
Johnny Ace Palmer
Arthur Trace

Lecturer
John Carney
Pop Haydn
Joshua Jay
Eric Jones
Zabrecky

Why Should We Care?

Apparently one can purchase a DVD-R copy of European Nights from somethingweird.com for $10. Why would we, you might ask? That is the film in which Channing Pollock performs his seminal act.
https://www.somethingweird.com/product_ ... s_id=22420

Just Months Before His Own Appears …

Ricky Jay pens an obituary on Dick Balzer, the former chairman of the Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada, and Mervyn Heard, the former chairman of the Magic Lantern Society of Great Britain, in The New Yorker. There is, of course, some scholarly words on Magic Lanterns from the erudite magician.
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultu ... ic-lantern

A Two-fer for Canada, FISM-wise

The Canadian Magic Association and le Club de Magie de Québec announce that the FISM North America Championships will be held in Quebec in 2020. They also announce that, in Busan, South Korea, where the 2018 FISM Conference will be held, Quebec will make a bid to host the 2021 FISM.

April

On the Cover of Genii: Mike Pisciotta
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“Fake News” (We Used to Call it “Spin”)

The media’s favorite headline regarding David Copperfield: “Magician David Copperfield Forced To Reveal Secret To Trick”

No, he wasn’t. The actual method of getting those people to where they were running to get to the back of the theater was never revealed. Judge—no pun intended—for yourself :
https://www.npr.org/2018/04/20/60442393 ... t-to-trick

Going, Going …

The auction of Bill McIlhany's massive collection continues with a two-day sale starting on Saturday, April 7 and continuing on Sunday, April 8. Conducted by auctioneer David Goodman (http://www.magicauctioneer.com/), this third installment of the overall auction—the first, also a two-day affair, was held in September of 2017 and the second in November 2017—was held at historic Owen Magic Supreme in Azusa, California.

More Venues Equals More Gigs

The House of Cards in Nashville, Tennessee, opens for business on April 9. The magic-centric nightclub features food, drink, and, of course, close-up and platform magic.
https://www.hocnashville.com/menu

Well, at Least the Name’s the Same …

A DVD version of Doug Henning's The Magic Show finds its way onto Amazon Prime streaming television. It’s a shell of the original Broadway production, but it is Doug Henning in his prime, and there is a lot of fine magic.

The Hat Takes His Final Curtain

The death of Harry Anderson rocks the entertainment world. Only a few in his inner circle knew that he had suffered a stroke earlier in the year. The star of television and magic was only 65.

And the Winners Are …

The award winners at the 50th annual AMA Awards Show are:

Close-Up Magician of the Year: Richard Turner
Parlour Magician of the Year: Johnny Ace Palmer
Stage Magician of the Year: Shoot Ogawa
Lecturer of the Year: John Carney

Awards of Merit:
Denis Behr
Randy Sinnott
Wayne Dobson

Junior Achievement Awards:
Kevin Li
Griffin Barry

Special Fellowships:
Ken Klosterman
Peter Lane
Tony DeLap (not presented but listed in the program)

Performing Fellowships:
Eric Mead
Ray Anderson

Creative Fellowship
Chris Kenner

Literary and Media Fellowship:
David Ginn

Lifetime Achievement Fellowship:
Shimada

2017 Magician of the Year:
David Williamson

Masters Fellowship:
David Copperfield

Magician of the Decade:
David Copperfield

May

On the Cover of Genii: Richard Turner
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Great, Greater, Greatest

Richard Kaufman announces that Kaufman and Company will print a further-expanded edition of Greater Magic by John Northern Hilliard.

“Unlike my 1994 reprint, where everything was in one volume, the new reprint will be two volumes. This is because I am going to add several hundred additional pages to More Greater Magic, making it too large to bind in one volume.”

He alludes to the hope that it will be printed “later in the year,” but the new volumes are scheduled for publication some time in 2019.

Return To Magic Island

The original was in Newport Beach, California, but the longest running Magic Island was in Huston, Texas. Now, years after it closed, the iconic building may be set to reopen, again:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/h ... 885584.php

Teller Speaks

Teller appears on the hit television program The Big Bang Theory on May 10, 2018 in what will become a recurring character (the father of Amy Farrah Fowler Cooper).

No Need to Rinse and Spit

The website Mental Floss features 13 items from Bill Kalush’s Conjuring Arts Research Center:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/544005/i ... ry-houdini

The Verdict is In

The “Copperfield Trial” ends. While the jury found that the illusionist and the MGM Hotel (as well as other companies) were negligent, they also were “not financially responsible” for the injuries claimed by the plaintiff in the case.
https://news3lv.com/news/local/copperfi ... f-the-jury

June

On the Cover of Genii: Harry Anderson
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Atmospheric Kaps

The one and only Madhi Gilbert posts some video and an essay on the one and only Fred Kaps on his (Mahdi The Magician’s) website:
http://beforemagic.com/modern-magic/201 ... -fred-kaps

When Harry Met Groucho

On his Musings, Memories, and Magic blog, Jack Shalom posts a short clip of Grouch Marx reminiscing about meeting—in fact assisting—Harry Houdini:
https://jackshalom.net/2018/06/23/when- ... t-houdini/

Five Times Two for The CW

Magic returns to American broadcast television on The CW Network when both Penn &Teller: Fool Us and Masters of Illusion begin their fifth season. (Both programs are renewed for a sixth season in 2019.)

July

On the Cover of Genii: The Secret History of Magic
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Let’s Watch Magic on the Radio

From the BBC World Service archives, with Brian Sibley, six half-hour segments on magic that originally aired in 1993:
Hey Presto: the history of magic
Cut and Thrust: swords, saws, and the illusions of death
Now You See it, Now You Don't: making things materialize, levitate, and disappear
The Rabbit out of the Hat: animals in magic - doves, elephants, rabbits, and butterflies
Great Escapes: strange wonders and great escapes
Magic in Mind: mind-readers, psychics, mentalists, and occultists
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p033dp ... des/player

Meet the New Boss

At their annual convention, Michael Finney is elected the 2018 to 2019 International President of the
International Brotherhood of Magicians. (It’s worth noting that the SAM would also have elected a new president, but no one bothered reporting it here, so … well, there it is.)

Almost Live and in Person

As only he can, Craig Mitchell posts daily reports from FISM 2018 in Busan, South Korea (thank you Craig!):

Day One: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=50883
Day Two: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=50890
Day Three: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=50895
Day Four: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=50896
Day Five: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=50899
Day Six: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=50905
FISM 2018 “Final Thoughts”: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=50908

A First for the Americas

For the first time in its history, the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques—FISM—announces that its 2021 conference will go to an American Continent. FISM 2021 will be held in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Registrations begin selling briskly and in great quantity.
https://www.fismquebec2021.com/

Allan Slaight Awards 2018

For the fourth year, the Slaight Family Foundation announces via Magicana, David Ben’s arts organization, the 2018 Allan Slaight Awards. The awards come with a cash endowment as well as an iPad, with the recipient's name engraved on it, to commemorate the prize. Congratulations to the winners:

• Canadian Rising Star: Nicholas Wallace, $5,000 prize
• International Rising Star: Noah Levine, $5,000 prize
• Sharing Secrets: The College of Magic, $10,000 prize
• Sharing Wonder: Michael Carbonaro, $15,000 prize
• Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Edwin Dawes, $15,000 prize

… Gone

On July 28, in conjunction with Owen Magic Supreme, the final auction of the massive magic collection of William H. McIlhany is held.

A New Driver

Richard Kaufman announces that Jonathan Friedman will be taking the reins of "Magicana" in Genii beginning in February, 2019. He replaces John Guastaferro who held those reins for some time, joining an exclusive club of magical writers.

I Sue You, You Sue Me …

The case of Brett Daniels and Simon Painter goes from arbitration to a federal court where one of the complainants attempts a second bite at the apple:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-e ... ra-1128692

I’ll Write This, You Write That

The Secret History of Magic: The True Story of the Deceptive Art by Jim Steinmeyer and Peter Lamont is listed on Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Secret-History-M ... 0143130633

August

On the Cover of Genii: A. Bandit
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You Don’t See A Lot of This

In a rare move, Nathan Coe Marsh posts video of his complete (and first ever) act performed in the Parlour of Prestidigitation at The Magic Castle:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/6WJO3XSr2 ... showinfo=0

STS (Steinmeyer, Thurston, Smithsonian)

With some help from Jim Steinmeyer and others, Howard Thurston makes an appearance in the pages of the Smithsonian:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ ... 180969952/

Postal Magic

The US Postal Service releases a fabulous set of stamps celebrating magic. Along with the “Art of Magic” stamps are other collectables including posters, buttons, and even a magic kit with magic by Mac King and a deck of cards that come in a Drawer Box prop.

The ceremony for the release of the stamps, with special guest David Copperfield, is held at MAGIC Live:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehkD7_KaYSQ

The five tricks by Mac King are performed on YouTune:
Four Aces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfdhB_J ... TW&index=2
Gone Gal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NZl-xU ... TW&index=3
Karate Card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibiz_Ws ... TW&index=4
Levitating Lady: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvOs3iU ... TW&index=5
Precise Prediction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwzH4Nv ... TW&index=6

Everything is available online via the USPS:
USPS Art of Magic products

The Genii Convention 2019

Richard Kaufman announces the list of performers (“so far”) booked for the next Genii Convention in October 2019:

Penn & Teller
Gaëtan Bloom
Lindsay Benner
Bill Cheung
Rudy Coby
Anna DeGuzman
Nick Diffatte
Alexandra Duvivier
Dominique Duvivier
Akira Fujii
Hannibal
Carisa Hendrix
Jay Johnson
Eric Jones
Ian Kendall
John Lovick
Hector Mancha
Jonathan Neal
Jonathan Pendragon
Romany
Ben Seidman
Jim Steinmeyer
John Thompson
Paul Vigil
Justin Willman
Rob Zabrecky
49 Boxes

https://www.geniiconvention.com/

As if That List Wasn’t Enough, Some Other Reasons to Go

An article in The Atlantic on why magic conventions are great.
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archi ... on/568219/

Even More Mac

Mac King's contract at Harrah's Las Vegas is extended into 2023:
https://lasvegassun.com/news/2018/aug/2 ... w-harrahs/

September

On the Cover of Genii: Eric Jones
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Netflix Magic, Take Two

Justin Willman's Magic For Humans appears on the Netflix streaming television service.

Something Wicked (Cool) This Way Comes

Richard Kaufman announces that, in conjunction with his coming book of Theodore DeLand, all four DeLand Decks will be available in a set limited to 100 copies. Included with the set is an uncut sheet of each deck, which have been signed and numbered.

This is Handy

An online, searchable index to the Kaufman era of Genii Magazine is available:
http://genii.somee.com/

He, and His Fans, Would Say, Woo!

A planned documentary on Doug Henning starts an Indiegogo fund raising effort.
http://doughenningfilm.com/

A Flash from the past, Back Before You Were Born, Remember Kids?*

A television special from 1982, Magic with the Stars is 90 minutes that is a mix of the wonderful and the WTF?

Hosts Orson Welles, Jacklyn Smith, Robert Guillaume, and Loni Anderson, and starring Harry Anderson, Scott Baio, Barbi Benton, David Copperfield, Cathy Lee Crosby, Tony Curtis, Dom Delouise, Erik Estrada, Linda Evans, Morgan Fairchild, Norman Fell and Scott Baio, Jack Klugman, Martin Mull, Vincent Price, Cindy Williams, Norm Nielsen, Martin Mall, The Fantasy Factory, Richiardi, Dominic the Great, Carlton and Company, The Great Tomsoni and Co.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrSrEiB ... e=youtu.be

*Thank you, George Carlin

Proving “Awards Season” is a Year-Long Thing

The Milbourn Christopher Awards for 2018 are announced. The awards themselves will be presented in a ceremony on September 29, 2018 in New London, Connecticut. The recipients are:
• Master's Award: Bill Smith
• Mentalist: James Mapes
• Close-Up Award: Jon Dorenbos
• Illusionist: Peter Gossamer
• Literary: Samuel Patrick Smith
• Youth Award: Ryan Lally
• Lifetime Achievement Award: James Rainho
• Ambassador of Magic Award: Jimmy Brown

October

On the Cover of Genii: Alexandra and Dominique Duvivier
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The Anchor Retires

Since its beginning with Richard Kaufman, she ran the Genii office with wisdom, patience (for the most part), and humor. Margret Daham, Genii's office manager, retires. The magazine’s staff and its readers wish her well, and welcome her successor Donna Lucas.

It’s Official

Penn & Teller Fool Us has been renewed for a sixth season.

With a Year Left to Go!

The Genii Convention, to be held October 2019, is sold out. It is expected that some people will back out, so a waiting list is activated:
https://www.geniiconvention.com/

November

On the Cover of Genii: Piff the Magic Dragon
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(Back) On Broadwaaaayyyy…

A review of "The Illusionists" on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre, New York, running through December 30:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/revie ... ys-1164455

How Are His Numbers?

It’s doubtful his magic will change the overall polling numbers for congress, but (like every other representative whose constituency thinks is great while disliking all the others—hence the perpetually terrible national numbers for our legislative bodies) his district clearly loves him. That’s the Wisconsin’s 2nd’s Mark Pocan, who features a “Magic Monday” segment on his Twitter feed. The video is from November 5, his “Election Week edition.” The Gentleman from Wisconsin was reelected on November 6.
https://twitter.com/repmarkpocan/status ... 3231672320

Ricky Jay

The death of Ricky Jay catches the community of magic off guard. Truth be told, Ricky probably would have preferred that the community of magic not be told at all.

A Lot of Weber and a Little Bit of Magic

An interview of Michael Weber on Ken Hada’s podcast, “I Had a Conversation,” does include several references to magic, and a lot of insights that can be applied:
https://www.ihadaconversation.com/every ... -unedited/

Ricky Jay, One More Time
In what unexpectedly became his last acting role, Ricky Jay will appear sometime during the third season of the Amazon series, Sneaky Pete, a program about a con man. The part, a character named T.H. Vignetti, was to be a recurring one. Show producers will be “adjusting season three” as a result of Jay’s death. The next season’s premiere date is still to be determined.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live- ... -3-1164308

December

On the Cover of Genii: Laura London
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The Magical President

Shortly after the passing of President George H. W. Bush, we are reminded that he was, in fact, an aficionado of the craft:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=51302

Netflix Magic, Take Three

Death by Magic starring Drummond Money-Coutts appears on the streaming television service Netflix.

Why Not? The Mother Ship is In His Theater

David Copperfield purchases the spaceship from the television program, My Favorite Martian which starred Ray Walston and Bill Bixby.
https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertain ... 40991/amp/

A Fine Lineup, Including a Surprise

The 2019 TAOM convention in San Antonio, Texas announces its lineup:

Richard Turner
John Cornelius
Stuart MacDonald
Chris Capehart
Earl Nelson
Nick Lewin
James Dimmare
Scott Pepper
Joe Givan
Mahdi Gilbert
Oscar Muñoz

The impressive list includes one whom few have seen in quite a number of years, and created something of a stir when announced: Earl Nelson.

He Plays the Drums, Too

The multi-talented Jeff Altman resurfaces now and then (it was usually on the Letterman Show, but now that all late night TV is virtually dead …). This time it was on a blogger’s site:
https://www.newsfromme.com/2018/12/13/t ... link-2822/

The New Yorker Notices …

The Illusionists troupe made its way back to earlier successes: Broadway. Reviews are good, but many reviewers, including Elisabeth Vincentelli at The New Yorker, also notices that UK/Las Vegas performer Chloe Crawford has minimal stage time:

"The show's biggest trick is not one to brag about, though: the troupe's only woman, the "sorceress" Chole Crawford, vanishes after about ten minutes of stage time."
https://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-abo ... lusionists

Here’s is Ms. Crawford’s audition on the 2015 edition of Britain’s Got Talent.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFvrRY60lw0

It’s Not Just for Spring Break

The 30th Palm Springs (California) International Film Festival will be honoring the late Ricky Jay with an award in his name:

“This year, the festival will also have a new honor, the Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award, named for actor and magician Ricky Jay and in honor of a film made by a master filmmaker that exemplifies a pioneering spirit in furthering the language of storytelling and the magic of cinema. Like much of the work Ricky was associated with, the films in consideration for this award exemplify this spirit and continue to remind us of the dream that is storytelling on the silver screen.”
https://www.psfilmfest.org/2019-ps-film ... out/attend

But We Won

The Commonwealth nations—at least the United Kingdom and Canada—are able to watch the Richard Turner documentary Dealt via Netflix. For the time being, the United States is dealt out.

Generally Speaking …

As of Midnight Eastern Time …

The Erdnase thread reaches 175 pages (up from 137 this time last year), 6,989 replies to the original post—made in February of 2003—(against 5,440 replies last year), and over 2,059,800 views (versus 1,9 million last year).

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To Absent Friends

Room 1419 and One Final Lesson

It is wholly appropriate, I think, to share Dr. Ricardo T. Rosenkranz’s remarkable essay about the passing of his friend and mentor, Eugene Burger as we list those in our community who died in 2018. Eugene wanted to teach his friends, perhaps all of us, how to die. His death was almost a year and a half ago. It seems like yesterday. We can only wonder what tomorrow will bring. Please take a moment to remember those who died this year, and/or think of their families, friends, and fans who will never forget them (and please forgive me if I missed someone):

Scott Alcalay
Harry Anderson
Pete Biro
Neil Caesar
Francis L. Cherney
Rachel Colombini
Loch David Crane
Sir Ken Dodd
James Dodding
Art Emerson
Bob Gibson
Brian Gillis
Walter Graham
Ward Hall
Johnny Hart
Joseph Herzer
June Horowitz
Ricky Jay
Jerry Layne
Hyim Levy
Barbara David Lichtman
David Linsell
Robert ("Bob") McDaniel
Tom Mescher
Clarence S. Miller
Moi-Yo Miller
James Nagel
Leeman Parker
Paul Potassy
Senor Rai
Richard Robinson
William “Bill” Schneider
Dr. Pat Slavens
Auke Van Dokkum

* * * *

So another year flies by. Unbelievable. Didn’t we just do this? As always, thank you for your time. I know all too well that time is a precious commodity that cannot be replenished. I appreciate that which you used in reading all this. I wish you good health, happiness, and peace in 2019.

Dustin

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Re: 2018 In Review

Postby erdnasephile » January 1st, 2019, 1:35 am

Dustin:
I always look forward to this and it's a particularly special treat this year because I'm awake all night at work and this is a welcome respite indeed.

Thanks again for the perfect New Year's gift to all of us!

Bravo, Sir!

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Re: 2018 In Review

Postby Smurf » January 1st, 2019, 2:42 am

Thank you so much Dustin for completing this monumental task once again and providing such an engaging and enlightening reminder of the world of magic in 2018.

Your efforts are much appreciated!

John

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Re: 2018 In Review

Postby CraigMitchell » January 1st, 2019, 2:48 am

Dustin - as always, your "year in review" is a much awaited highlight to finish off the year.

Thank you for putting this together.

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Re: 2018 In Review

Postby Joe Mckay » January 1st, 2019, 10:45 am

Thanks, Dustin!

Every year I feel like I cannot move on from the previous one until I have read your yearly review.

Great as always!

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Re: 2018 In Review

Postby Matthew Field » January 1st, 2019, 11:07 am

Thank you, Dustin. And a Happy New Year to you and your family.

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Re: 2018 In Review

Postby jason156 » January 1st, 2019, 11:58 am

Was it ever actually confirmed that Rachel Colombini had passed?

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Re: 2018 In Review

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 1st, 2019, 12:10 pm

Yes. Paul Gordon went to her funeral a few months ago.
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Re: 2018 In Review

Postby Bill Mullins » January 1st, 2019, 4:12 pm

As always, the magical year isn't really over until Dustin reviews it. Always appreciated, Dustin. (now if only Steve Bryant would revive his annual verses . . .)

January -- if you liked the Buster Keaton linked video, you might also like this one

December -- While Dealt may not be available on Netflix, it can be rented for streaming on Amazon Prime, Youtube, Google Play, and elsewhere.

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Re: 2018 In Review

Postby Joe Mckay » January 1st, 2019, 5:13 pm

What was the story with Rachel Colombini?

I seem to remember reading that she had died on Facebook.

Then somebody (Paul Gordon?) posted to say that he thought she was dead as well, but then was amazed to actually bump into her at a magic convention.

Now - it seems she really did die. With Paul Gordon going to the funeral.

Can anybody clear up the sequence of events? I am very confused.

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Re: 2018 In Review

Postby Dustin Stinett » January 1st, 2019, 5:27 pm

First, let me say thanks for all the kind comments. I appreciate them. Now on to Rachel ...

In early 2018 it was reported, by trustworthy people as well as family, that she had died. That report was wrong. Later this year (sometime in the fall I believe), she died. It was Paul Gordon who proved (photographically) that she was alive in February, and it is Paul—a true friend to Rachel—who verified her passing this time.

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Re: 2018 In Review

Postby Kevin Connolly » January 2nd, 2019, 12:33 am

Stanley Palm, David Linsell and Dave Odette passed away too.
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I buy,sell + trade Houdini, Hardeen items.


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