Received from John Luka:
Hank Moorehouse died suddenly in Beijing while on a two week tour of close-up magic for Mr. Lin. The report is that it was very sudden. Currently, there is little communication since the US Embassy is closed for the July 4 holiday. The death certificate must go through the Embassy which won't open until Tuesday - and only after that can the body be released.
One can send Sympathy to the family:
204 East Murray
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President, Magic Dealers Association, 1974 - 1976
National President (1981-1982) of the Society of American Magicians
Honorary and Life Member of the Society of American Magicians
One of the founders of the Society of American Magicians Assembly 88.
Executive Show Producer for sixteen years (now retired) for the SAM National Conventions 1983 - 1998
Show Producer the past thirteen years for the Abbott’s Get-Together
Artistic Director IBM/SAM Combined Convention - July 2008 - Louisville, KY
Nominated twice a Lecturer of the Year – Academy of Magical Arts. “The Magic Castle”
Honorary Life Member of the British Ring of the IBM (awarded 2003)
Artistic Director, FISM Word Wide Championship of Magic - July 2009 - Bejing, China
(Federation Internationale des Socits Magiques / International Federation of Magic Societies or FISM)
Judged three FISM's - Represented the U.S.
Honorary Member of Club Magico Italiano
Awarded the “Murray Award” for service to magic in 1999 by the Blackpool Magic Club at their annual convention, the largest magic convention in the world - Blackpool, England
Hank has appeared on the covers of seven different magic magazines from around the world.
1968 - The Magic Caravan. Along with friend Ken Pisanko, produced a one day magic convention in Palos Park, Ilinois. The evenin gala show included Jack and Anne Gwynne, Norm Nielsen, Johnny Thompson, Jay Marshall, Duke Stern, Senator Crandall and others.
1972 - Developed the character Mr. Bubbles for entertaining children.
Thousands of shows later retired the character in 1992.
1975 - 1977 - Chairman and show producer for Magic Dealer Conventions. 1975, 1976 in Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, Ohio In 1977 held at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
1977 - 1979 - Created a stage show for Girl Scouts and Leaders. Performed in three states. This was an educational show to increase the sale of Girl Scout Cookies. It ran for two and a half years.
1981 - 1982 - Became the promotional face of WAAM Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wizard of WAAM performed hundreds of shows at malls, fairs, store promotions, etc.
2008 - Artistic Director, China Closeup Tour. 15 shows in 20 days. Five world class performers. First time anywhere in the world a touring closeup show in large theaters with video enhancement. To be repeated in the summer of 2011 with more shows and different performers.
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