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Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 24th, 2016, 5:05 pm

Sad to report that a good friend when I first went to LA, Jim Patton, died this morning of lung cancer. He'd had one lung removed a year ago.
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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Will Jung » January 24th, 2016, 6:21 pm

My blessings go out towards his family and friends.

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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Jon Racherbaumer » January 24th, 2016, 6:56 pm

To repeat what I briefly posted elsewhere when hearing the sad news of Jim's passing, let us remember and praise Jim's passion for magic. It was steadfast. He also had an uncanny gift for friendship and his promotion of goodwill was consistently exceptional. We often talk about six-degrees of separation, but in Jim's case, he was always one degree or less away from the Light and the Shadow, and from the Work and the Workers. He was also a congenial go-between and peace-maker when matters got heated and contentious. His participation and presence will indeed be missed and the loss is equally significant. RIP, JIm…it was a privilege to know you and share the gifts you offered. Onward...

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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby erdnasephile » January 24th, 2016, 7:17 pm

Oh, my--what a great loss. Through his writings, I always found he was an insightful (and very cool) guy. So sorry to hear of his passing.

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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Evan Shuster » January 24th, 2016, 8:19 pm

Very sorry to hear of the loss. I never met the man, but certainly enjoyed his contributions to Apocalypse, and Penumbra. I'll have to go back and check his other work in The New York Magic Symposium, and Ultra Cervon.

My thoughts go out to his friends and family.

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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Leonard Hevia » January 24th, 2016, 11:01 pm

Patton hosted the Magicana column for Genii back in the early 1990s. Some interesting stuff there for anyone interested. I also heard that that he was ill about a year ago. I considered him a part of I called the Magic Castle West Coast Inner Circle that consisted of Jennings, Cervon, Giorgio, and others.

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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Diego » January 25th, 2016, 1:13 am

Jim was a gracious, generous person who I always enjoyed talking with at The Castle. Very sad to know one of the good guys is gone. He liked learning about others and sharing what he knew.

Thanks Jim.

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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Matthew Field » January 25th, 2016, 3:16 am

Very sorry to hear this. I never met Jim, but his Magicana columns were always enjoyed. Aloha to a great magician.

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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Tom Gilbert » January 25th, 2016, 7:28 am

I never did meet Jim, but had a quick encounter buying some notes. He came across as a very nice, sincere person. RIP

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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Steve Bryant » January 25th, 2016, 1:24 pm

Jim was too handsome to be a magician, but I'm glad he became one anyway. I'll treasure the brief moments I had with him over the years.

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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Bob Farmer » January 25th, 2016, 5:16 pm

Very sad to hear this. I had a session once with Jim and Bruce Cervon. I'd never met either man before this and they were just great with an unknown card guy with a few weird ideas.

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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Richard Stokes » March 10th, 2016, 6:33 am

The March obituary by Michael Perovich contains that awkward line: "J M P was stylish, soothing and ingratiating."

Ingratiating is a pejorative expression in the UK, but I assume Michael did not mean to imply that J M P was sycophantic or insincere.

Perhaps in America you use the word differently?

In a tribute of this kind Michael could use another adjective which avoids any ambiguity.

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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Jack Shalom » March 10th, 2016, 7:09 am

From Merriam-Webster.com:

1
: capable of winning favor : pleasing <an ingratiating smile>

2
: intended or adopted in order to gain favor : flattering

So, no, not necessarily negative at all, given definition #1.

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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 10th, 2016, 11:55 am

Stokes: It's nothing but a compliment in the US. And it's okay to say, "fanny" over here, too, since it just means your posterior.
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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Richard Stokes » March 11th, 2016, 3:03 am

My Oxford Thesaurus of English provides 33 alternatives to 'ingratiating' and they are all negative.

This section in the Thesaurus almost reads like a John Cleese sketch where he bombards you with insults: "sycophantic,toadying,obsequious,servile,insincere, nauseating, sickening, smarmy, slimy, bootlicking, brown-nosing..."

Given that Genii has an international readership, I still think it would be wiser to eliminate this adjective from any tribute.

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Re: Jim Patton Has Died

Postby Leonard Hevia » March 20th, 2016, 1:12 pm

A farewell to Patton posted by R.P. Wilson:

http://machinebreak.blogspot.co.uk/2016 ... ll-jp.html

Patton's Facebook page is still up for those who want to visit:

https://www.facebook.com/jamesmpatton


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