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Gerry Walkowski
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He was such a great performer. He will be greatly missed for sure.

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Johnny Fox and I spent spring 1976 on a coast-to-coast busking tour, in San Antonio, I walked down the hill toward the park and saw a huge crowd, maybe a hundred people. As I got closer, I saw Fox making four silver dollars appear, then, one at a time, the coins became invisible, I couldn’t believe the size of the crowd he’d drawn. Johnny had finally done it, the hat was gonna be huge on this one.

As I got even closer, I saw that about ten people were engaged in Fox’s routine, the other ninety people were looking behind Fox, across the street, at a man standing on the roof of a ten-story building. It looked like he was gonna jump, which he did. The juxtaposition between whatever devastating agony might drive a man to suicide, and the simple little surprises and merriment Fox dispensed - made me realize what an important service we magicians offer. People need fun like they need food and water and sleep. Even it’s only for a brief period of time, guys like Johnny could relieve the pain or boredom of everyday life. When audiences experience magic, it’s a sign that maybe the future will hold even more fun. Fun isn’t just fun – it’s hope.
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Sad news. He was the highlight of the Maryland RenFest.
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Agreed. He was the one person I would see over and over again at the Maryland Renfaire.
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So sad.
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On Dec 18, 2017, steve spill wrote:
Johnny Fox and I spent spring 1976 on a coast-to-coast busking tour, in San Antonio, I walked down the hill toward the park and saw a huge crowd, maybe a hundred people. As I got closer, I saw Fox making four silver dollars appear, then, one at a time, the coins became invisible, I couldn’t believe the size of the crowd he’d drawn. Johnny had finally done it, the hat was gonna be huge on this one.

As I got even closer, I saw that about ten people were engaged in Fox’s routine, the other ninety people were looking behind Fox, across the street, at a man standing on the roof of a ten-story building. It looked like he was gonna jump, which he did. The juxtaposition between whatever devastating agony might drive a man to suicide, and the simple little surprises and merriment Fox dispensed - made me realize what an important service we magicians offer. People need fun like they need food and water and sleep. Even it’s only for a brief period of time, guys like Johnny could relieve the pain or boredom of everyday life. When audiences experience magic, it’s a sign that maybe the future will hold even more fun. Fun isn’t just fun – it’s hope.


Thanks for your post Steve...a reminder that it is not about "US"
I watched some of the many videos of Johnny Fox on youtube. Very entertaining, funny, talented and FUN.
Even though I never met Johnny I feel the loss as well.
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