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Let's hope so...

I look forward to hearing comments from anyone that knew him.

If you know of anyone that might not read this who might wish to comment.. please spread the word
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Second batch of 9 DVDs sent out today.(First batch was only 5) We still haven't reached the half way mark, so please spread the word around guys. Each day we get two or three donations, and Gene is busy making them up which takes up a lot of time and effort, but it is for a worthy cause. For those who had to wait a few days until they were ready for mailing, I hope you feel the slight delay was worth it once you watch them.
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Getting close to the halfway mark. Keep those cards and letters comming in. Thanks to all of you who have sent donations, but we still have a way to go. Keep talking it up to your magical friends.
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Hey Eric,
How can I help? I know that you've been in contact with Michael & Jamy at Monday Night Magic about their upcoming memorial show (which may be a couple of months away) but we all want to see this come to completion as soon as possible.

You should call in and leave a comment for the memorial page as well BTW!
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I've been like a one legged man the last few days. I will try to give you a call sometime this weekend.

What Jamy and Michael are doing is separate from the headstone fund.

Unfortunately, the cemetery has restrictions on what is allowed, that is why the two thousand dollar mark. They will only allow a 12 inch by 24 inch flat stone.
I believe they have more of a "living memorial" in mind.I know Jamy is trying to locate video to show during the show as well as some other ideas to help keep Presto "Alive" in the hearts and minds of those who loved him.

When I call, I'd like to explain what Tom Durnin and I am dubbing "Pursuing Presto". When you hear what we went through to locate him originally and then to loose him again into the "SYSTEM" only to find out a month after the fact, that he passed away. This sort of thing is happening all over the place in the name of "Patient confidentiality"

What is really sad is the Presto himself named Tom and I as "Family" in the hospital and gave permission to keep us informed.

As to what can you do, just spread the word that we are still slightly over a grand off the mark and they can email me for more details at EGA53@comcast.net


Thanks for your help
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We just hit the 3/4 mark so we are on the downslope. Thank you to all who have sent in for the DVDs and I hope you enjoy them. If you haven't as yet sent for yours but intend to do so, I would suggest that you DO IT NOW, as we get closer to closing the vault. I will keep you posted as we get to the end and also when we plan for the graveside broken wand after the stone gets set.
Again, thanks to all who have supported this great endeavor.
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I actually just heard about Earl, this morning. I have a Tape of him I shot at a college show in Middletown, NY and will prepare it for youtube.
Earl came thru my area from time to time on his way to the Catskills. Mostly traveled by bus back then.
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Here is the first segment from Earl's act during the 80's.
The cigarette routine.
http://www.magicians.tv/earl-presto-johnson/
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I'm a late comer here, I just found out about Earl's work this morning at "the little darlings".

Eric
Did you get the head stone?
Are there any more DVD's left?
I have been watching Earl on youtube all day, and I love it. His ability to get continuous laughter was amazing.
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I also just stumbled across this thread. Any update? Was the headstone ever purchased?
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I spoke to ERIC the other day, and boy am I bummed out that The DVD's are no longer availible. You bump into so few real class acts like PRESTO, and I wanted to see more of him. Is there anyone out there that wouldn't mind parting with their copy?

ERIC told me that they are about to finish up with the head stone.
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I'd love to see that DVD too. His sponge ball routine was inspirational. I would have been delighted to have contributed to the fund.
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We have, though our our Houdini Commandos group, solved the placement of Earl "Presto" Johnson's marker but are waiting for almost a month to hear back from those who recently raised the funds to buy the marker.

If it is not done quickly in November they will have to wait until the spring to have the foundation poured.

Please, everyone here who cares continue to followup on this story.
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What is up with this?

We, at the houdini museum, through the Houdini commandos cleared the way with the cemetery to have this done. We contaceted Eric Months ago. No reply.


We also contributed.

The November deadline was missed.
Thanks, everyone for your concern
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Any one else here who contributed to the Presto marker fund?

Any one in contact with Eric?

Where is the money?

It is about 4 months now since the Houdini Commandos worked on getting the marker placement solved. Hope this all does not dry on the vine!
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Any updates?
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Strangely quiet.

Which make me feel bad!
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This guy Eric appears to have taken the money and disappeared. We have it cleared with the cemetery, let him know and he has NEVER gotten back to us.

Can anyone here contact him.

Were we all scammed?

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I'd hate to think we were scammed and worse I'd hate to think that Earl doesn't have a marker for his grave. I contributed in the spirit that a marker for a deserving fellow magician would be gotten and placed.
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If Eric used The Magic Café to scam us all, he should be banned from the Café.

If that is...
Every one who donated, here is his last known email.
EGA53@comcast.net

We even spoke to him on the phone over two years ago, said he was "tied up" and would get back to us. NEVER DID!

He collected the money 4 years ago.

We had it cleared with the cemetery by a connection by someone in the trade!

As far as we know Earl "Presto" Johnson has no marker and nothing has been done but collect the money!!! He was a great man in life and does not deserve this.

If this is so, this could be using the internet for fraud. Federal offense.

Believe it or not Eric lists his
Occupation:Retired law enforcement / magician

With much concern,
Dick Brookz & Dorothy Dietrich
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