Archive for the 'Broken Wand' Category

RIP David Maas of Quick Change [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on November 27th, 2020

David Maas, of the AGT alumni act Quick Change (aka David and Dania), passed away earlier this week of Covid-19 at the age of 57. The duo was also widely known to sports fans as they became a favorite halftime act, particularly around the NBA. You can read more about David’s life at Yahoo! Sports.

Walter Zaney Blaney [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on November 13th, 2020

Walter “Zaney” Blaney, magic inventor and performer, has passed away according to several magic related social media and forum sources. Although we have not found an official notice or obituary, this unfortunately seems to be true.

Above is an appearance “Zaney” Blaney made on the Dinah Shore Show circa 1974 featuring some of his signature effects.

Ken Klosterman [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on October 22nd, 2020

Past International Brotherhood of Magicians International President and renowned magic collector Ken Klosterman has passed away. You can read more about Ken’s life and passion for magic on the official IBM Blog.

The video above is from YouTuber L Bradley’s page. YouTuber Carpetbagger has a great two part tour of Ken Klosterman’s Salon de Magie which you can see here and here.

James Randi: 1928 to 2020 [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on October 21st, 2020

James Randi, magician, mentalist and famous skeptic passed away today at the age of 82.

Read coverage of his amazing life in the New York Times, New York Post and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

RIP John Mendoza [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on August 2nd, 2020

We are sad to announce John Mendoza passed away on July 29. You can read a short piece on his life at the Baue Funeral Home website.

Rest In Peace Dick Williams [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on July 15th, 2020

Dick Williams, the host of Memphis television series Magicland, has passed away at the age of 92. He hosted Magicland from 1966 to 1989, producing well over 1,000 episodes. It was the longest running magic show the history of US television and probably the longest running magic show in the world.

Read more about Dick Williams’ life and career in this Memphis Commercial Appeal article via MSN.

Marvyn Roy: Mr. Electric [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on July 1st, 2020

It is with sad hearts we announced another broken wand: Marvyn Roy, Mr. Electric, has passed away at the age of 95. You can read more about his life in this Hollywood Reporter story via MSN.