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A legend of magic passed away last night. Someone whom I've had the great pleasure of meeting on several occasions and who took the time to be kind, joke with and lend advice. Take a moment to think and reflect about the great Professor Bobby Baxter.
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Very sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. I was his student and friend for many years and even at 89 years of age it's still a shock. RIP, Bobby.

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Todd Robbins
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There was no one else quite like Bobby Baxter.
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One of my all time favorites. He will be missed.
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Sorry to hear about this loss to the magic community...

And sorry for being off topic, but to mumford:

were you ever a psychologist in a town with the same name?
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An update on Bobby Baxter's passing. He had no will but left his body to science at Columbia Presbertian Hospital in New York. He had said he was thrilled to be buried for free. We are still looking into having a memorial service and possibly a stone placed in his memory.

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Bobby
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Without a doubt ONE OF THE GREATS!

He probably did more shows for us than anybody in his life, at our Magic Towne House in NYC. He was the most skilled magician and funniest comedy magician you could ever want to see. He always improvised and as great as he was he went to many many many improv classes and insisted we go in his desire to help advance our skills as well.

Every trick he did he researched to the nth degree. He knew and did every move, and then honed it down for himself. Cards, coins, sponge balls, linking rings, doves, and on and on and on. To watch him work each night at our club was a constant education and joy.

He always closed the show!!! No one could follow him. He had an endless stream of magic and comedy, and relied on his natural talent. He loved his work and never wanted to leave till the audience was exhausted with laughter

We spoke on the phone about every few months, and when we did, it was always for an hour or more.

We may add more when we wipe the tears from our eyes, and come out of shock. Two NY greats gone in so short a time, first Presto Johnson, and now Bobby Baxter.

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I saw Bobby Baxter a long time ago in NYC at Mostly Magic on Carmine Street. I don't think I've laughed so much or enjoyed comedy Magic as much as Bobby Baxter's performance. He will missed.
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Here is the piece that appears on the I.B.M. Web Portal. It features a photo probably never seen before by the magic community (courtesy of Bill Wadman). Here is the link: http://www.magician.org/portal/en/node/838
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I was sad to hear about the passing of Professor Bobby Baxter.

I first saw him work in the late 1970s at the Village Gate and knew him in the NYC magic scene as I was growing up.

It was however when we shared a dressing room together during a run of the Richiardi show in 1983 that we became friends.

As I transitioned from being a silent manipulator to becoming a verbal comedy magician in the mid 1980s he mentored me and I don't think that I could have found a better teacher when it came to combining comedy and magic.

Bobby was a complex and eccentric man as well as a brilliant comedian and a master of sleight of hand.

He was by far the funniest comedy magician I have ever seen and he could consistently destroy a lay audience with waves of laughter.

May he rest in peace.

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After they made BB they broke the mold. One of a kind, physically gone forever but long remebered by his fans. RIP.
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Ingrid, Bobby's neighbor and closest friend in recent years, has asked me to post that she is trying to organize a get together for area magicians for next week or the week after. More info will follow.

After my adult and childhood mentor Slydini passed, I always said there was no magician I'd rather watch perform more than Bobby Baxter. I got to see him work in his restaurant a couple of times about a year ago, and it was a real treat.
He'd gotten so blind he had to ask the customers whether the deck was face up or face down, but it made what he did even more impressive. Oddly enough so did his behind-the-back card force.

And when he did coin in the bottle and the linking rings, it was absolutely dazzling to see his skill, grace, and humor so fully intact.
I think the thing that ****ed him off the most was he didn't know who to trust help him count the tip money. I was surprised to see that it didn't frustrate him in the moment to not know whether he'd been handed a dollar or a hundred, but his attention was on charming and entertaining so it didn't matter.
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I'm sorry that I never met Bobby but have heard many great stories. What type of material did he do in his stage shows?
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That is very sad.
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RIP Bobby ... NYC will miss you !
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Any video on Bobby?
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IMS has videos of Bobby Baxter available, performances and teachings.
Why call it common sense when it's so rare ?
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I only now found out that Bobby died. He had a soul a hundred miles wide, and was a force of nature. I'm so glad he was in my life.
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Though I posted this in another forum, I put it here so even more will know about this event:

Come out to celebrate and remember the magical life of "Professor" Bobby Baxter at Seppi's Restaurant, 119 West 56th Street (at the Parker Meridien Hotel - between 6th & 7th Avenue) on Wednesday, September 16th at 7PM.

Bobby was a legend in the New York magic scene and all over the world. He was a great close-up technician and stage performer. He played all of the great supper clubs, the London Palladium, the Ed Sullivan Show, with the Great Ricciardi many times, and in NY, he worked at the Magic Towne House, Mostly Magic and in his later years, Monday Night Magic. He was 89 years old. His real name was Edwin Ziegler. Let's not forget him.

Please help us spread the word so that everyone who knew and loved Bobby can come out and join us.

This evening has been planned and organized by Bobby's longtime friend and confidante (in his later years), Ingrid Spangler and will be hosted by Seppi's Restaurant ( http://www.parkermeridien.com/eat2.php ).

Beer, wine and some food and will be supplied (complimentary) by Seppi's Restaurant. As we will need to alert Seppi's as to the amount of people to expect, please RSVP to info@magicalnights.com or call 718-575-1349.

On behalf of Ingrid Spangler (and the "Professor") ... I look forward to seeing you all there!

Todd Robbins
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Here are a couple of photos of Bobby taken at the 2002 SAM Centennial Convention in New York City.

Matt Field

http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq268......att2.jpg

http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq268......eeks.jpg
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