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It is with a heavy heart that I am passing on the very sad news that my long time friend Scotty York is now in a Hospice facility in Northern Virginia and is near the end of his time with us. He was taken to a hospital about a week before Christmas and has apparently suffered a series on mini strokes. He is not able to speak and is in a near coma. His family are with him. I will pass on any further developments as I learn them from his son.

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That is very sad news Bill, Scotty was a legend for sure.

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Oh no. Best wishes to The Silver Fox.
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Very Sad news. I met Scotty back in the seventies and worked with him at the Brook Farm Inn of Magic in the early eighties. He was always very kind to me and I'm so sorry to hear this.
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I'm so sorry to hear of this news and my heart goes out to Scotty, his friends and family. I was just reading his "On Coins" from the mid 70's and just as amazed at his thinking as when I first read it back then.

Our family will offer prayers for him today.
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Sad to hear about Scotty , our prayers are with him.
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Oh no.. Smile Scotty is one of the best! Our thoughts are with him and his family.
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Too bad, certainly. Sorry to hear this.
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Sorry to hear this.

The Silver Fox is an Icon in the field of Bar Magic.

I got to see him at a Convention once, VERY funny and Magical.

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Our Prayers are with you Scotty.
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We all are praying for you, Mr. York.

Sixten & family
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May your journey be peaceful, kind sir...
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This is terrible news. I love Scotty's magic. I first saw him at a convention in North Carolina in the 70's. I never forgot his light bulb trick. Years later, when he published the details of constructing the bulb, I diligently tracked down all the many components (not a simple task) and successfully built one of my own (not a simple task, at least for me) and enjoyed performing it many times. I wrote to him and made some suggestions, based on my experience building the bulb, for changes or elaboration of the published instructions. He wrote back thanking me and said my suggestions would be taken into consideration if the book ("For Your Eyes Only") was re-published. I don't believe it ever was, which is a shame because it contained a wealth of information in addition to the light bulb stuff.

Additionally the tapes he made for A-1, "Professional Tricky Bartender" and his stuff on the Steven's tape, "Bar Magic" (along with Eric Mead and Bob Sheets) were and inspiration to me and, I'm sure, many performers.
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It is with deep sadness that I must report that Scotty York passed away today.

He will be greatly missed. We have lost one of our great innovators. May he rest in peace.


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Scotty is a great guy and this is very sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
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Sad news. R.I.P Mr. York.
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R.I.P my friend.
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Very sad news. Thank you Bill.
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This is very sad news.. RIP Silver Fox.
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Very sad to hear this.
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Bill, thank you for letting us know.

Rest In Peace, Mr. York.
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+May his memory be eternal+
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May he now rest in peace & light ...
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Scotty was such a wonderful creator and performer. He'll be missed.
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Sad news. Scotty York's memory will live on with those who perform his many creations.
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Rest in Peace, Scotty.
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Thanks for the many contributions and laughs you have given us. R.I.P.
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What terible news. I was lucky to have met Scotty at our New York Coin Magic Seminars, when he came up with Bill Wells. He was eager to share his wonderful magic with the guests, and everyone found him to be so friendly and humble. He gave everyone a copy of his booklet, Scotty York on Coins (which is a great book!!). For those who have the New York Coin Magic DVD series, take another look at his copper silver transposition, which is a lesson in itself on audience management, and his Sweet Little Trick, is sweet indeed! Thanks Scotty, for sharing all of your incredible knowledge with the magic community. You will be missed.
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The Greater Magic Video Library - Volume 49:
Bar Magic Featuring Eric Mead, Bob Sheets & Scotty York

One of those lesser known gems floating out there. If you want to see bar magic done right, pick this one up on DVD if you can find it. Scotty York's "Change For A Twenty", "Doesn't Time Fly?" and his "Color Changing Knives" routine are fantastic. A pleasure to watch him, Eric and Bob perform. I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Bob Sheets from his appearances and lectures at California Magic but I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. York. Sadly, now I will never have that opportunity...R.I.P. Scotty York.
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So sad to hear the news about such a good friend. Like John Carney said, Scotty was a major creative influence of many of my generation of close-up workers. He was a mad man when it came to method, nothing would stop him from search for the perfect method to an effect. But he was also unique in his ability to concentrate on the effect. Weird wonderful effects that were different. For me he came the closest to Del Ray in both of those departments. I smile when I think of the routines and ideas (like the dart board trick that Scotty was working on at one time, and the horse race trick with the little organ grinder that Del Ray was working on at the time of his death) that will probably be left frozen in time, ideas that existed only in their brains that died with them. But on a happier note I'll remember the ones that Scotty completed and the impact on audiences especially the magicians who were fortunate enough to see him perform. Like the guys at the FFFF when Scotty did a tribute to Eddie Fechter in the form of a ten card selection. When the final card was found pinned to the inside of the hat Scotty was wearing all the while... there was the dead silence, the pause as each person in the room thought. "What the _____.?" and then the explosion of applause as everyone at that convention rose to give him a standing ovation for a job well done. Scotty right now I'm giving you a standing ovation one last time. You taught me never to stop searching for method and effect. Watching you in action behind the bar at the Brook Farm Inn of Magic, and those many late night sessions all those years ago is still fresh in my mind. The memory of the Silver Fox will always be with me.
RIP dear Scotty, thanks for hanging out with me. Paul Gertner
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