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Topic: Del Ray passes
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Nov 20, 2003 05:52AM)
[quote]Del Ray (Delbert Raymond Petrosky), one of the world's greatest close-up workers, died Tuesday, November 18, 2003 in his home town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He had been in poor health for nearly a year. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and some siblings. A private memorial service is planned for Saturday.[/quote]

Del Ray truly was one of the best close up performers of all time--many in the know would say THE best--as well as one of the all-time great stand-up performers. IMO, he is in a very elite group with the likes of Fred Kaps as one of the very best all-around magicians in the history of our art. This is truly a great loss for magic, and he will be sorely missed. One of the few who deserves the title; "LEGEND."
Message: Posted by: ncarifo (Nov 21, 2003 08:33PM)
Just for a matter of record, there has been some confusion over the date of Del's Passing. It was confirmed today from a very close friend of the family that Del Passed away early evening this past Tuesday, Nov 18, in Pittsburgh (not on the 11th as originally posted). A family-only memorial service is planned for Saturday the 22nd in Pittsburgh and a short obituary is in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com

Those interested in posts from local Pittsburgh Magic and friends of Del are invited to join the thread at the Greater Pittsburgh Magic Network Yahoo Group. Visit http://geocities.com/thegpmn and click on the link at the top.

Nicholas Carifo
Message: Posted by: Expertmagician (Dec 6, 2003 11:41PM)
Wow, I feel terrible. I saw him work at a Tannens Jubilie years ago. His close-up was amazing and I was inspired by his methods.

Roumor was that he had a minor heart attack before his stage show...but still went on.

He will be missed. :(

Jeff :pout:
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Dec 7, 2003 11:08AM)
About a week and a half ago, at Darwin's Midnight Magic Club here in Vegas, we had two wand-breaking ceremonies, one for Del Ray, and one for Jackie Flosso.

Rest in peace, Del.

Rest in peace, Jackie.
Message: Posted by: ThoughtThief (Dec 11, 2003 08:49PM)
Would but Del's last words have been—to quote the catch line from his immortal close-up act—"GIT READY WILLIE!"

Del Ray. An innovator and true original.

RIP, Del.