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Oh, what a loss. I was infected with the magic virus at age 13 when I received a TV Magic set for Christmas. It's all Marshall Brodien's fault. I couldn't thank him enough.
"There is more to consciousness than meets the mind's eye." - Frame
I started buying mail order magic from Marshall Brodien when I was a youngster. The money I earned from my paper route helped my magical education. If you were a member of his magic club, you were able to get a 10% discount on purchases.
Marshall Brodien died today. Those of my generation remember him from the TV adds for TV Magic cards.1974 was the first year that I went to a magic convention. It was in Colon Michigan. The first magic star I met was Marshall Brodien. He was very nice and signed an autograph for me. I met many other legendary magicians on that trip. I annoyed them in my overly enthusiastic teenage way. All were kind to me. Magicians tend to be nice people. I went on to study magic in Colon Michigan. Through friends in Colon I met my wife Louise. She died almost a year ago. She was a local girl. My life changed forever. Many of my magic heroes have passed. I appreciate them all. They improved my life through their kindness and art.
Abbott's '74 was also my first magic convention. I was 17.Gregory Schultz wrote: 1974 was the first year that I went to a magic convention. It was in Colon Michigan.
Perhaps we sat next to each other at one of the shows, or maybe you were the kid who showed me Cardwarp at the diner.
For sure, it was a wonderful four days!
Brad Jeffers I think I learned card warp a few years after that. I did help some folks with the Gene Anderson newspaper tear. Those Abbott's conventions were some of the best weeks of my life. I saw so many great acts. The greatest piece of stage magic I ever witnessed there was the great Harry Blackstone Jr. performing the floating lightbulb. The legends were such kind people to interact with. I also remember sitting with Millie Bouton and listening to her stories and asking her questions about the Blackstone show. Sigh I am getting really nostalgic. I am having a Marcel Proust madeline moment.