Showing posts with label # broken wand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label # broken wand. Show all posts

26 September 2019

Broken wand: Louis Quan

Louis was a longtime member of the Calgary Magic Circle. 

Our condolences to his family and friends.

From McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes:
QUAN, Louis Yuk Wing

March 27, 1937 – Kaiping, Guandong
September 22, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Louis Quan, beloved husband of Esther Quan, of Calgary passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the age of 82 years.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary, AB) on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Calgary Chinese Alliance Church (150 Beddington Boulevard N.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through

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14 August 2019

Broken wand: Dr. John Yang

Dr. Yang was a member of the  Magic Circle of Saint John.  He passed away on Saturday, 03 Aug 2019.

From the Kennebecasis County Funeral Home:
In 1992, he was awarded the Canada Commemorative 125 Medal by the Governor General in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada.

His life of devoted service and faith was recognized by many.  He was elected the youngest Life Elder (age 39) of The Silver Falls United Church, where his tenor voice, and love of music, could be heard in the choir, and at home, every week, or behind the scenes for Chinese suppers for fund-raising or suppers for young campers.

John loved to cook - more accurately, to feed and nourish his family, friends, relatives, and anyone who walked in the door.

John had a good sense of humour and enjoyed hearing a new joke or story, especially one that he could repeat to others during his many gigs as MC, as President of the Chinese Cultural Association of Saint John, on stage at Festival-By-the-Sea, or speaking at a friend's wedding or anniversary. 

With his fellow magicians at the Saint John Magic Club, he discovered the charm of performing magic tricks for his grandchildren and many others.

In his spare time he also enjoyed traveling around the world, practicing Tai Chi, gardening and fishing.

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07 July 2019

Fredericton: Broken Wand Ceremony for Pearly Palmer

From the Magic Circle of Saint John:
Saturday, 27 July 2019

To honour our fallen magician Pearly Palmer we will be holding a broken wand ceremony at RH's house. It would be greatly appreciated if all of the members of the club could attend.

12 May 2019

Broken wand: John Bernard Boissonneault

Recently we were notified by Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring, of the passing of John Boissonneault. 
Dennis also pointed out that the more ALL of us share news and information about magic with the REST of us, the better off the entire magic community will be.
I take this opportunity to ask you to not just ASSUME that we already know about some magic news that YOU hear about. Please tell us about it. We would always rather hear some news SEVERAL times rather than not at all!

Our thoughts go out to John's family and friends.

From Legacy:
BOISSONNEAULT, John Bernard "Little John" Peacefully, on Monday, August 20, 2018 at his home in Georgetown. John, in his 61st year, loving father of Shana (Chris). Proud Papa of Taylor, Kendall and Autumn. Great-Papa of Lila. Dear brother of Marie (Tony), Annette, Bernice (Mike) and Chris (Gord). Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. 

03 February 2019

Broken wand: Lorne Joseph Overholt

Lorne was a member of the London's Magicians Guild.

From Your Life Moments:
OVERHOLT, Lorne Joseph - Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, in his 97th year. Beloved husband of Evelyn for 76 years. Loving father of Jo Anne Lightbody (Stuart), Denise Nugent (Jim), and David Overholt (Helen). Cherished grandfather of Katherine Knight (Rob), Michael Lightbody, David Keene (Christina), Karra Overholt, Jason Pine (Melanie), and nine great-grandchildren. Lorne’s faith in Jesus Christ was the central theme of his life, which inspires his children and grandchildren. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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With thanks to Peter Mennie for letting us know.

27 January 2019

Remembering Dicky Dean

With thanks to André Rancourt for sending me to Deans of Magic.  From Deans of Magic:
  1. When Dicky Dean was ten years old he received a small book on magic, by magician and writer Walter B. Gibson. It was a present from his aunt and uncle that was about to change his life. He never had heard of magic before, but as he started learning the secrets of magic, he knew he wanted to become a magician.
  2. At age twelve he entered the entertainment section of the London Hobby Fair and won first prize. It was also very fortunate for him that London’s foremost magician Everette Mires and his wife, Sue, were present in the audience to see his show and meet him. Later, he learned numerous tricks from Everette as well as how to properly present them. Even with their large differences in age they became best friends.
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The community remembers Denny Haney

As you may be aware, Denny Haney passed away earlier this week.

Here are a few memories from around the internet.

From Benzi Train's Facebook page:

From Shane Cobalt's Facebook page:

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From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:

From Matt DiSero's Facebook page:

25 January 2019

Broken wand: Dicky Dean

Our thoughts go out to Dicky's family and friends.

From Your Life Moments:
DEAN, Dick - “Dicky Dean the Magician” After a life adventurously lived and fulfilled, Dicky Dean passed away at the Village of Glendale Crossing L.T.C., on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Forever loved and remembered by his wife, Marg (Randall) of 51 years. Lovingly remembered by his son, Bruce (Andrea) and his dear grandchildren, Elliot and Miles. Fondly remembered by his brother, Tom (Ruth) and their family, Rob (Melissa), Jim (Michelle), Beth (Drew). Predeceased by his parents, George and Cathie Dean. Also remembered by his students whom he inspired while teaching for the London Board of Education and the many audiences throughout Canada that he enthralled with his professional and unique magic shows.

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With thanks to Peter Mennie for letting us know.

23 December 2018

Broken wand: Perley Palmer

Our thoughts go out to Perley's family and friends.

From the December 22nd article "'He just loved the kids:' Fredericton's magic man dies at 75" by Philip Drost at CBC News:
After decades of mesmerizing crowds and making people laugh and smile, Fredericton magician Perley Palmer has died.

The famed entertainer, known simply as Perley the Magician, died at the age of 75 on Friday.

He was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in April 2015, but it didn't stop him from making people smile with his tricks, even in his last days.

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02 December 2018

Remembering Ricky Jay

In case you missed the sad news, Ricky Jay passed away on November 24th.

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18 November 2018

Linking Ring obituary for Erik Stefanyi (Stephany)

We previously mentioned the passing of BC's Erik Stefanyi.

Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring, is graciously allowing me to pass this on to you.

Erik Stephany (Stefanyi), 23, of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, died September 9, 2018 from a tragic bicycle accident. He was a former member of the I.B.M. (2010-2015). He was a member of Ring 92 (Vancouver, British Columbia), and Ring 387 (Abbottsford, British Columbia). He joined the  I.B.M. at age fourteen. He began his magic education under the mentorship of Damien Carriere. While living in Chilliwack, he took his magic to the streets, pioneering the Chilliwack Busker Program. After moving to Kamloops to pursue his degree in theater, he continued to perform for a variety of groups in various venues. In addition to magic, he loved rock climbing, white water rafting, and geocaching with his family. He was an actor, poet and playwright. Survivors include his parents, Maude and Paul; and his brother, Gilles, and his fiancee, Emily Thibert. A Broken Wand Ceremony was performed in his honor.

14 November 2018

Broken wand: Trevor Hamilton

Trevor Hamilton was the Past President of IBM Ring 17 in 1986-87.

From November 10th edition of  The Toronto Star:
KENNETH TREVOR HAMILTON (September 17th, 1930 - October 20th, 2018)

Trevor passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre at the age of 88. Predeceased by his parents Iris Mary and Kenneth Francis Hamilton. Devoted husband of Myrle, proud father of Cynthia (Tim), Kenneth (Kara) and Douglas; and cherished grandfather to Connor, Ariel, Taylor, Madison, Hawkeye and Dana. Trevor, a retired Bell Canada employee was a military buff, especially loving the pipes and drums. A former member of The Irish Regiment of Canada, he also loved magic, bird watching, and genealogy. His compassionate and generous spirit touched many and will be greatly missed. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of His Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 344, 1395 Lake Shore Blvd West Toronto, on Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please remember the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation K Wing, or any children's charity.

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14 October 2018

Broken wand: Erik Stefanyi (Stephany)

From the Facebook page of the Fraser Valley Magic Circle:

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16 September 2018

Broken wand: Douglas Trouten

Recently we were notified by Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring, of the passing of Douglas Trouten. Dennis is graciously allowing me to pass this on to you.


Dr. Douglas J. Trouten

Doug, 58, passed away gently in the early hours of July 30, 2018, 6 months after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Born December 26, 1959 in Regina, Saskatchewan, his family moved to the Twin Cities 6 months later.

Doug enjoyed magic and the art of illusion and was a valued and active member as well as the current treasurer of International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 19 in Minneapolis. For his many friends at Ring 19, Doug’s passing is a huge loss to our club and a huge loss to our community. And a huge loss to all of us that loved and respected him.

He attended St. Paul Bible College where he met his wife Elizabeth (French), working on his student newspaper. He earned a Masters and Doctorate in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota. Doug was editor the Twin Cities Christian/Minnesota Christian Chronicle for 20 years before becoming a professor of journalism at the University of Northwestern, where he taught for the last 19 years. He also served as Executive Director of the Evangelical Press Association for 11 years. Doug published thousands of articles in dozens of periodicals. His work appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune and in various magazines including Christianity Today, Plain Truth and World.

He is survived by sons Lucas (Katie), David; daughter Tracey; sisters Darlene (Mike) Morgan, Donna Olson; brother Daniel Trouten; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by mother, Elaine; father, Dr. Donald J. Trouten.

22 April 2018

Remembering Harry Anderson

By now you have likely heard the news that Harry Anderson passed away last Monday at the age of 65.

Mr. Anderson was kind to me.  Back in 2003 he gave me permission to market an effect of mine that is based on one of his better known routines.  I'm grateful that I was able to thank him in person and see him perform live and lecture, when he came to Ontario in 2012.

Little known fact: David Merry and Harry Anderson are tangentially responsible for the start of this blog!

Our condolences to his family and friends.

Here's what others have to say...

From Matt DiSero's Facebook post:

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook post:

Some thoughts from John Larroquette on Twitter:

And from his son, Dash's Facebook post:

25 March 2018

Broken wand: Assistant Betty Lou Ikenberry

From the obituary posted March 20th, at the Pawhuska Journal-Capital:
Born March 11, 1935, in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Kathleen Mason and John Richardson.

Betty grew up in St. Catherine’s, ON, Canada. At 16, she ventured out on her own and joined the Royal American Show. The show traveled across the US, performing at state fairs and carnivals. As a Magician’s Assistant, her role was to entertain the audience with the art of illusion. She also had other responsibilities such as selling tickets, collecting money, etc. She spent four years traveling with the show and each year they wintered in San Antonio, Texas. During the off-season, she obtained her GED and later her Certified Nurse’s Training Certificate. She also took classes such as tap and ballet to enhance her performances.

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04 November 2017

Remembering Nick Sacco

The folks at Ring 49 have more information to share about Nick Sacco.

From The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club:
  •  He was President of IBM Ring #49 (2002-2003) & also an active member of the Canadian Association of Magicians & IBM Ring 17 Toronto.
  • Nick was instrumental in the creation of the IBM Ring 49 Web-Site that won an IBM International 1st place Award of Excellence for Best Web-Site for 2003-2004.  
  • Nick was also involved in the nomination process that lead to the induction of the late Doug Henning onto the Canada Walk of Fame in Toronto in 2010. 
  • Nick was also the recipient of the John E. Shipton Memorial Award of Achievement for 2000-2002 for his unending work & contributions that benefited Hamilton Ring #49. 
  • Nick’s love of card magic and endless practice also achieved him a personal invitation as a performer and member of the exclusive Four F International Convention held in Batavia NY every year. 
  • Nick will be sadly missed.

29 October 2017

Broken wand: Nick Sacco

Our thoughts go out to Nick's family at this difficult time.

From Patterson Funeral Home:

The world is a less joyful place with the passing of Nick Sacco on October 27, 2017. Nick was that rare individual who knew the true meaning of friendship, family, loyalty and commitment. No one who met him would ever forget the experience. Born on April 27, 1947, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Nick straddled many worlds -the food, beverage and hospitality industries, the worlds of conjuring and cardsharps, family and philanthropy, and, quite devoutly, Catholicism-all seamlessly. Intent on a business career, Nick attended both Niagara and York Universities. But he often said that he never forgot so many of the lessons he learned growing up in “The Falls”. Nick was recognized as a super salesman and manager in the food and beverage business, rising to become a National Sales Manager at Minute Maid (Coca Cola Ltd.) He treasured time with family and friends and was passionate about his magic (where he was respected internationally as an organizer, consultant and arm-chair performer).

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10 September 2017

Broken wand: Bruce Fricker

We were notified by Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring, of the passing of  Bruce Fricker from Kitchener, Ontario.

From Life News:
FRICKER, Bruce Passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at St. Mary's General Hospital, Kitchener, at age 64. Beloved husband of Linda for 28 years. Loved father of Jordan and fiancée Tina, Alysia, Melissa, and Sidney. Dear son of Marion and the late R. Bruce Fricker; brother of Donelda Fricker. He is also fondly remembered by his mother-in-law Gilda Stante, in-laws Marie (Eldon) and Donald (Diane), nephews Matthew, Joseph, and Nicholas and many friends. Bruce was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He performed under the name "Magic by Zachary".

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09 August 2017

Broken wand: Eugene Burger

While not Canadian, many of us were lucky to see Eugene during his visits to Canada.  (Most recently for me at this year's Browser's Bash.  Thanks for making that happen Jeff!)

I'm grateful to have seen Eugene perform a number of times.

Rest well.

From the International Brotherhood of Magicians Facebook page: