RIP Ken Klosterman

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RIP Ken Klosterman

Postby Bill Mullins » October 22nd, 2020, 3:31 pm

I'm seeing on the Thayer Forum that Ken Klosterman has passed away.

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Re: RIP Ken Klosterman

Postby Hanno » October 25th, 2020, 5:18 am

I am so sorry to hear this.

Ken was a wonderful magician, magic historian, collector, host and friend. Several times I had the pleasure to visit him at his estate near Cincinnati. His magic collections were breathtaking.

As a person he also impressed me with his career as a successful businessman who turned a small family bakery into a baking empire.

In addition, he has always remained a person who stood up for others. Magic has kept him young and his mischievous smile will be remembered by many who have known him.

In June of this year we published a large report with many original photos in our magic magazine Aladin about him and his collection. He was pleased about it and we decided to print a small edition in English just for him. A few days before his death he received it.

To give magic friends, who did not know him and did not read our report, an impression of his world, we put this article online for free download.

[b]Free engl. Download:

Our deepest condolences to his family. Ken will always have an important place in our memories.

Hanno Rhomberg

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Re: RIP Ken Klosterman

Postby Zig Zagger » October 25th, 2020, 6:22 am

Thank you, Hanno, for your fitting and generous tribute!

It's nice to have it available now also in English and for non-subscribers of your fine magazine (although I would wholeheartedly recommend to consider subscribing to all German-speaking/reading magic aficionados!).
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Re: RIP Ken Klosterman

Postby Joe Lyons » October 25th, 2020, 9:41 am

Thank you Mr. Rhomberg, what a great article, thanks for sharing it with us.
I regret never making it up to Ohio to see the Salon.

Here’s a video of his AMA awards speech. It shows what a great sense of humor he had.

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Re: RIP Ken Klosterman

Postby Paco Nagata » October 25th, 2020, 11:38 am

It is always a specially sad situation to get to hear about someone through his passing.

Thank you Mr. Mullins for the info.
Thank you Mr. Rhomberg for letting us know about the charisma and greatness of Mr. Klosterman.

It's a pleasure to read the "Aladin" article about him and to be less ignorant in the world of magic.
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Re: RIP Ken Klosterman

Postby hugmagic » February 20th, 2021, 9:31 am

Hanno did a wonderful job with the article and photos on Ken. The family really loved it.
I read it to Ken and after a bit he remarked "are there any pictures?" So I showed him the photos.
I was able to get the entire article framed and mounted and it will be prominently displayed by the family either at Whitehall (his 1842 antebellum mansion) or a the bakery.
Hanno really captured the essence of Ken. It was so much to his collection that just have rare items. He knew the story on everything and could relate to every piece. Thank you so much to Hanno. I feel it was one of the best article ever written on Ken.
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