Marshall Brodien, the magician who played Wizzo the Wizard on Chicago’s famous Bozo programs, has died due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 84. Above is WGN coverage of Brodien’s life and you can read more on the Chicago Tribune website.

A performer, club owner and magic dealer (perhaps best remembered in that regard for his TV Magic Cards and catch phrase “It’s easy once you know the secret”), Brodien was the spark for countless people to take up magic as a hobby or career.