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Dying on stage

Posted: September 10th, 2019, 11:35 am
by Bill Mullins
Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns have a new book, The Show Won't Go On, about people who have died on stage. Writer Mark Evanier (who is an amateur magician, and knows more about pop culture than just about anyone) will interview them in Burbank on 9/21. The book mentions Tommy Cooper, Washington Irving Bishop, several bullet catchers, and (of course) several Wallendas.

Re: Dying on stage

Posted: September 10th, 2019, 12:37 pm
by Christopher1979
Interesting, Tommy Cooper died on live TV.... all very sad.

Re: Dying on stage

Posted: September 10th, 2019, 2:08 pm
by Joe Mckay
You can see the clip of him dying on stage here.

The audience thought it was part of the act.

RK EDIT: IT'S DISGRACEFUL THAT THE CLIP OF COOPER DYING FOUND ITS WAY OUT OF THE VAULT AND I HAVE REMOVED THE LINK. COOPER DESERVES SOME DIGNITY, WHICH DOESN'T INCLUDE PEOPLE GAWKING AND WATCHING HIM DIE ON STAGE FOR THE REST OF ETERNITY.

Re: Dying on stage

Posted: September 10th, 2019, 2:38 pm
by Tom Frame
My review of the exquisitely creepy The Show Won't Go On will appear in the December issue of Genii.

Re: Dying on stage

Posted: September 10th, 2019, 3:30 pm
by Bill Mullins
If you are going to be creepy, then exquisitely creepy is the way to go.

Re: Dying on stage

Posted: September 10th, 2019, 6:22 pm
by Christopher1979
Joe Mckay wrote:You can see the clip of him dying on stage here.

The audience thought it was part of the act.

RK EDIT: IT'S DISGRACEFUL THAT THE CLIP OF COOPER DYING FOUND ITS WAY OUT OF THE VAULT AND I HAVE REMOVED THE LINK. COOPER DESERVES SOME DIGNITY, WHICH DOESN'T INCLUDE PEOPLE GAWKING AND WATCHING HIM DIE ON STAGE FOR THE REST OF ETERNITY.


I agree. Tommy Cooper was much loved in his day and still is by many.

Re: Dying on stage

Posted: September 11th, 2019, 1:17 pm
by erdnasephile
In a related vein to what happened to Mr. Cooper:

I have to admit: as brilliant as the late Sid Lorraine was, I had a very difficult time watching his "pitch" act (where he masterfully faked progressively worsening cough/choking spells that resolved with his miracle "cure").

When I first saw the act, Mr. Lorraine was pretty up there in age. As a medical guy, it always worries me when an elder looks like they are in trouble because I might need to act; therefore, I wasn't able to relax and enjoy the performance as much as perhaps others did.