Archive for the 'Broken Wand' Category

Richard Curren [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on March 19th, 2020

WPLG coverage of the death of retired magician Richard Curren, who died at the age of 77 after contracting the Coronavirus.

Rest In Peace Orson Bean [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on February 10th, 2020

When I heard about Orson Bean’s death at the age of 91 last week after being struck by two cars in Los Angeles, I immediately thought of the wit who graced many a talk show and game show panel in my formative years. I distinctly remember his appearances on shows such as The Match Game and confusing him with Orson Welles when I wasn’t quite old enough for school. It was only in reading obituaries for the comic (such as this one in the Boston Globe by way of MSN and this one from The Washington Times) did I learn he began his career as a magician.

iTricks could not find any clips of Orson performing magic, so we instead offer CBS LA’s coverage of his career.

Lior Suchard, Roy Walton Borken Wand And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on February 5th, 2020

Lior Suchard on Ellen starts off our Wednesday.

Sad news from Scotland: Roy Walton, magic inventor and owner of Tam Shepherd’s Trick Shop in Glasgow has passed away at the age of 87. You can read a bit about Roy’s life and career on the Glasgow Live website.

Fine Books And Collectibles takes a look at the magic auction Potter and Potter is holding at the end of the month featuring the third part of the Jim Rawlins collection. You can learn more and download a free auction catalog at the Potter and Potter site.

Finally, an article we found on the Toronto Star website looks at the career of George Hebert, who is retiring after performing as Joy the Magical Clown for the last six decades.

Terry Jones Passes Away At 77

Posted by Michael on January 23rd, 2020

One of the original members of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python has passed away at the age 77. The above video is a tribute from The Guardian and you can read more about Jones’ life and career in The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The Guardian.

Rest In Peace Simon Aronson [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on December 26th, 2019

Simon Aronson discussing science, magic and deception for the Science of Magic Association.

Sad news out of Chicago. Simon Aronson passed away earlier this month in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune printed an extended obituary of the lawyer and magician over the holidays.

Valdino Killed In Car Accident [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on November 17th, 2019

Texas magician Orlando Valdez, who performed as Valdino, was killed Thursday morning in a traffic accident. This coverage is from KRIS TV and the GoFundMe account to help cover funeral expenses can be found here.

A Look At Jimmy Nelson And Friends

Posted by Michael on October 11th, 2019

Ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson passed away late last month. Perhaps best known today as the spokesman for Nestle, Jimmy performed with “partners” Danny O’Day and Farfel the Dog on his own show, Ed Sullivan and even as a game show host. This piece on Nelson and his career ran last week on CBS Sunday Morning.