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Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby CraigMitchell » June 2nd, 2021, 8:06 am

Max has just posted that he is undergoing surgery to do a biopsy on a brain tumour.

Sending him much strength and good thoughts.

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Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby Tom Frame » June 2nd, 2021, 9:35 am

Best of luck to you, Max!

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Postby Leo Garet » June 2nd, 2021, 10:22 am

Nothing to say, really, except to loudly echo Tom Frame's sentiment.

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Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby Bob Farmer » June 2nd, 2021, 10:35 am

Ditto, best of luck, Max.

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Postby Anthony Vinson » June 2nd, 2021, 11:01 am

Another ditto. Best wishes and strength, Max!

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Postby Richard Kaufman » June 2nd, 2021, 12:36 pm

How terrible.
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Postby Jon Pendragon » June 2nd, 2021, 1:04 pm

You are the mastermind Max, you can beat this my friend.

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Postby magicam » June 2nd, 2021, 1:13 pm

Max, sending good vibes and well wishes your way! Clay

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Postby Bill Malone » June 2nd, 2021, 3:07 pm

Hey Max,
Love to you, my friend. You are in my prayers. Hurry home!

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Postby MagicbyAlfred » June 2nd, 2021, 6:19 pm

Max, you are not alone. We are with you.

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Postby Joe Lyons » June 2nd, 2021, 7:07 pm

Sending prayers your way Max.

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Postby Paco Nagata » June 2nd, 2021, 7:08 pm

My sincere support and encouragement...
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Postby Joe Mckay » June 2nd, 2021, 8:16 pm

Hope it all goes very well, Max. The world of magic is thinking of you.

You are the best!

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Postby I.M. Magician » June 2nd, 2021, 9:01 pm

For me, Max is from the intellectual place in the art of magic. When he speaks, we listen and learn.

The very best to you for a quick and complete recovery Max!

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Postby GBean » June 2nd, 2021, 10:50 pm

Magic needs you, Max. Best wishes in this trying time.

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Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby JustCards » June 3rd, 2021, 5:00 am

Dear Phil,
We have not met. However, reading and re-reading Focus has given me many, many years of enjoyment.

You have my prayers and sincere best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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Postby Q. Kumber » June 3rd, 2021, 5:00 am

Erika Larsen posted on FB: "I just spoke with Max. He's recovering from surgery and he sounded great. So far so good! He is clearly touched by the outpouring of love from his friends. Please keep sending positive thoughts! And hats off to the amazing doctors and staff at Cedars!!!"

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Postby Tom Gilbert » June 3rd, 2021, 7:44 am

Best wishes for a great outcome Max!

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Postby JustinM » June 3rd, 2021, 9:56 am

I've spent the last few months going through your contributions to magic, Max... You are definitely in my top 5 "go to" creators/thinkers..
More importantly, in your interviews the beautiful side of your humanity shines.... Glad to hear you're doing well!

Thanks Max,

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Postby Dr. Solka » June 3rd, 2021, 11:48 am

Dear Max,
We have met only once in Cologne. I was deeply impressed by your personality. My best wishes for a speedy recovery from Germany!

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Postby Joe Mckay » June 3rd, 2021, 2:27 pm

Q. Kumber wrote:Erika Larsen posted on FB: "I just spoke with Max. He's recovering from surgery and he sounded great. So far so good! He is clearly touched by the outpouring of love from his friends. Please keep sending positive thoughts! And hats off to the amazing doctors and staff at Cedars!!!"

Wonderful news! Stay strong, Max!

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Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby Jack Shalom » June 3rd, 2021, 5:50 pm

Get well soon, Max

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Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby Bill Duncan » June 3rd, 2021, 6:01 pm

Phil Goldstein was one of the first names I learned in magic, from his wonderful packet tricks. Max Maven was the very first name I learned in mentalism due to a mutual friend here in Seattle who put me on the right path.

I can't imagine how he must feel, but maybe we can help him not feel alone.

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Postby I.M. Magician » June 3rd, 2021, 6:10 pm

Please allow me to mention that perhaps the most important time for Max to have company and someone to lean on is right after he leaves the hospital.

Many get depressed after leaving and going home. So, that is a great time to cuddle him so to speak.

Therefore, when he is released, we should focus on bugging the heck out of him?

In essence, keep him very busy so his mind does not have the time to wander into dark places.

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Postby Q. Kumber » June 3rd, 2021, 6:37 pm

I.M. Magician wrote:Please allow me to mention that perhaps the most important time for Max to have company and someone to lean on is right after he leaves the hospital.

Many get depressed after leaving and going home. So, that is a great time to cuddle him so to speak.

Therefore, when he is released, we should focus on bugging the heck out of him?

In essence, keep him very busy so his mind does not have the time to wander into dark places.


I'm not sure if I agree with this at all. Consider that after a serious operation a person may need lots of peace and quiet. Anxious and supportive friends and relatives continually checking in can cause even more stress at the very time the body (and mind) needs time to recuperate.

It could also be the case that the patient would appreciate lots of attention and calls, as you suggest.

In my case I would appreciate being left alone except for very close friends and relatives and even then they'd probably annoy me. But then, by nature I'm an anti-social introvert :-)

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Postby Krenz » June 3rd, 2021, 7:21 pm

Speaking from personal experience, once he feels up for having company, arrange for a viewing party, where professional wrestling is the feature event. He will love that.

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Postby The Chris Randall » June 3rd, 2021, 7:33 pm

Max you have always been a hero to me. You really helped me through my fathers passing and I will never forget that. My prayers are with you and i admire and love you.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » June 3rd, 2021, 9:58 pm

I.M. Magician wrote:Please allow me to mention that perhaps the most important time for Max to have company and someone to lean on is right after he leaves the hospital.
Many get depressed after leaving and going home. So, that is a great time to cuddle him so to speak.
Therefore, when he is released, we should focus on bugging the heck out of him?
In essence, keep him very busy so his mind does not have the time to wander into dark places.


Max is being well taken care of.
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Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby Edward Pungot » June 4th, 2021, 8:09 am

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Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby MagicbyAlfred » June 4th, 2021, 3:33 pm

Found myself dialing the phone number for Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A. a couple minutes ago to inquire as to Max's status. I spoke with one of the nurses caring for him and she reported that he was not only in stable condition, but "doing very well."

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Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby Ted M » June 4th, 2021, 7:58 pm

I wasn't aware that hospitals release patient status information to strangers over the phone?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » June 4th, 2021, 7:59 pm

No, it's against privacy laws.
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Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby Joe Lyons » June 4th, 2021, 8:42 pm

In any case it's great to hear good news!

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Max Maven out of surgery

Postby Jon Pendragon » June 4th, 2021, 9:26 pm

Max is resting in bed and doing fine. We talked this evening and he told me that the brain tumor was removed and the surgeon's believe they have it all. He will need some time to retrain his vision to adapt a more limited scope, but besides that he is hopeful that he will handle recovery well. He mentioned that he was surprised at the response from those who have e-mailed love and prayers, I told he is a well-loved master of the art and people wanted him to know how much they cared. He leaves the hospital tomorrow.

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Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby MagicbyAlfred » June 4th, 2021, 9:47 pm

Ted M wrote:I wasn't aware that hospitals release patient status information to strangers over the phone?


I was not a "stranger," and nothing unlawful occurred. What is important, is that Max is coming through this so well.

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Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby John Signa » June 4th, 2021, 11:04 pm

Ted M wrote:I wasn't aware that hospitals release patient status information to strangers over the phone?

I was curious about this so looked it up.

Distilled from HIPAA, CFR 164.510: HIPAA allows hospitals to maintain a patient directory with location and general condition. Hospitals may provide this information to anyone that asks about a patient by name. Patients are to be given the opportunity to restrict or opt out of the directory.

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Re: Max Maven out of surgery

Postby Bill Duncan » June 4th, 2021, 11:15 pm

Jon,
Thank you for the update. I know many people are waiting to hear any good news.

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Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby MagicbyAlfred » June 5th, 2021, 7:35 am

Thank you for setting the record straight John. I was questioned and then placed on hold for several minutes, while Max was presumably informed that I called and was making an inquiry about his condition. I'll say it again, absolutely nothing illegal occurred, unless care and concern of human beings for one another has now become illegal. The facility where Max is receiving treatment is one of the best and most reputable in the world, and I too, have a reputation to protect.

Not a good one - but a reputation.

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Re: Max Maven out of surgery

Postby Bob Farmer » June 5th, 2021, 7:51 am

A member of my family had somewhat similar brain surgery and recovered just fine. Good luck, Max.

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Re: Sending good thoughts to Max Maven

Postby killermagic80 » June 5th, 2021, 8:48 am

My prayers, love and positive thoughts for Max Maven.

He is a living legend, and a great man.

God be with him.

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