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Topic: What became of Sunny Holliday?
Message: Posted by: Endless West (Mar 4, 2014 12:15PM)
I've gone through every page of the sidewalk shuffle section of the forum and in the past, it seems, Sonny Holliday was mentioned pretty often as being one of THE street guys. Does anyone know what became of him? I've seen a couple of videos of him on YouTube (possibly through Tom Frank's channel) and on one videos there's a comment from someone saying they are his nephew and he's not doing well. This comment was from a few years ago, I believe.
Anyway, I'm just curious as to where he's at nowadays and if he's still performing.
Tom Frank, any idea where he may be?
Message: Posted by: Mr. Pitts (Mar 4, 2014 04:48PM)
Jimmy Talksalot is pretty good friends with him. I'll bet he'd know.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Pitts (Mar 4, 2014 04:49PM)
I like your avatar, by the way, looks like a very stylized Al Flosso. I love that style of cartooning.
Message: Posted by: Endless West (Mar 4, 2014 08:34PM)
Thank you! I drew it to how what I will look like as an old man magician. I love stylized and retro cartooning.
Message: Posted by: gallagher (Mar 5, 2014 06:02AM)
Well, I can't really vouch for my version of the Story,
but,..
I heard,
that after his sex-change operation, a couple of years ago,
his voice changed!
He HAD been making most of his income playing 75th birthdays,
as a Paul Harvey immatator,..
voice gone,...
ouuuh!,...
then Paul dying, a couple of years ago,..
well,..
the well done dried up (!),
so to speak.

So,..
he headed off to Idaho,
and joined up with a Hara Krisna group,
who specializes in making hand-carved Christmas Manger Sets,
out of water-proof paper-mache.
There was a slight falling out, though,
when he found out Jimmytalksalot was actually in charge of the operation,.
and secretly writing a book,
exposing all the inside information!

Since then,..
well,
I don't want to spill the soup,
but,
has anyone seen Britney Speers lately?(?)((!)).

like I said, I can't vouch for all of the Story.
Edward Snowden told it to me, on his way through.
(N!,.. HE is not living in my barn!,.. snowden.)

keeping an ear to the ground,
gallagher
Message: Posted by: Endless West (Mar 5, 2014 07:58AM)
Stick to smashing watermelons, your story telling can use some work!
Message: Posted by: Eric Evans (Mar 5, 2014 09:03PM)
Occasionally, weather permitting, Sonny can still be seen performing on South St. in Philadelphia. He tried to talk me into going to Mardi Gras with him this year, but I was too wise ;)
Message: Posted by: gallagher (Mar 6, 2014 08:05AM)
Thanks Eric.
See, I think this gives a bit of validity to my story.
I mean,
where was Britney last seen?
Right.
New Orleans!

I guess an apology is in order,..

thanks,
gallagher

p.s.: By the way, Jimmy's book about the Paper Mache, will be coming out soon!
It's going to be titled,
"To Lure With a Spatula".
,all checks, money orders, or telefon numbers from old girl friends,
can be sent directly to me
Message: Posted by: Pizpor (Mar 6, 2014 08:30AM)
We're going to need an address Gallagher.
Message: Posted by: JoeJoe (Mar 13, 2014 12:04AM)
I would love to meet Sunny. I've borrow several aspects of his style from just a few poorly filmed YouTube clips of him I've seen. Anyone that wants to improve their street magic should watch what Sunny does. Would love for him to publish a book or DVD or something.

-JoeJoe
Message: Posted by: MagiCol (Mar 13, 2014 09:39PM)
Maybe a magic magazine has an article about Sonny in it.
Anybody know about this and can state the magazine issue etc.
Message: Posted by: Eric Evans (Mar 15, 2014 12:15AM)
Umm no.

Knowing what little I do of Magic Magazines, and what I know of Mr. Holliday, I can't imagine, unfortunately, the two meeting up in literary form.

Perhaps if Hunter Thompson was still alive and still feeling his oats, and was by some weird twist of fate a "foreign" correspondent for said magazine, maybe.
Message: Posted by: pkessler (Sep 15, 2014 05:26PM)
I saw him just yesterday performing at the head of Rittenhouse Square. He said that he was coming off of a three month break.
Message: Posted by: MagiCol (Sep 15, 2014 11:21PM)
Thanks for the update!
Message: Posted by: Endless West (Sep 17, 2014 07:48PM)
Radical!
Message: Posted by: Eldini (May 18, 2019 02:24PM)
Hey all,

Im re-re-re-reading To Lure with Spectacle, and came across the Sonny Holliday section.

Is he still around performing?


Eldini
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (May 19, 2019 11:16PM)
I think he got himself into some trouble......
Message: Posted by: Eric Evans (May 20, 2019 04:12PM)
[quote]On May 19, 2019, Kozmo wrote:
I think he got himself into some trouble...... [/quote]

That he did. He's going to be put away for a long time. I had probably been one of the few people he knew who had seen him last and there was nothing that I could do for him. Over a year ago now. I'm pretty sure that Sonny was severely depressed and probably started some, or at least one, of his bad habits again. He probably spiraled downward from there.

https://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/crime/2019/02/07/rocky-kowalczyk-camden-broadway-stabbing-bias-crime/2798963002/
Message: Posted by: gallagher (May 21, 2019 03:50AM)
It's kinda terrible, reading this.

Somehow sad.

Street-performing.
The 'moment'.
'Moments'.
Good, bad,..Great,..disasterous.
A hundred folks watch you,
..you pack up and go 'home',...alone.

Friends(?), scattered like dry leaves.
Family,...
the travel takes it's tax.

It's somehow a really sad story.
,...maybe, it's not(..?).

I wish him well.
The little I knew, of him;
was inspiring,..
and discouraging.

'Legends' has a really slippery definition.
1.) Something larger than life.
2.) Something un-verifiably false.

.....looking at the foto, Eric Evans provided;
I couldn't help but seeing him there,
with an 'Arrow-thru-the Head gag' on.

Sunny Holliday,...maybe he can take the time to write down some thoughts,
..share some ideas,
.....come out of the shadows.
I'd be interested.
Message: Posted by: gallagher (May 22, 2019 03:34AM)
Http://sidewalkperformerswhoswho.blogspot.com/2007/11/sonny-holliday.html
Message: Posted by: GMcAlpin (May 22, 2019 09:04PM)
Does anyone feel comfortable sharing what happened? Just curious/nosey.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (May 24, 2019 06:50PM)
Attempted murder....
Message: Posted by: GMcAlpin (May 24, 2019 11:00PM)
Yikes! Thanks for the response.
Message: Posted by: Magician Shaun (Jun 13, 2019 09:34PM)
I heard sonny stabbed someone. I heard from a reputable source. I wish sonny the best and hope it's not true.
Message: Posted by: Chatterbox41 (Dec 8, 2020 06:26PM)
So it has been a year since anyone has posted in this thread...

Has anyone talked with Sonny or heard where he is? Any hope of getting out? Maybe an address to write to him?

Gary K
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Dec 20, 2020 05:12PM)
This book https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-books/no-ordinary-magic-a-memoir/ has remembrances of Sunny.
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Dec 21, 2020 02:38PM)
Danny Hustle used to keep in touch with Sunny.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Dec 27, 2020 02:07PM)
[quote]On Dec 20, 2020, ringmaster wrote:
This book https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-books/no-ordinary-magic-a-memoir/ has remembrances of Sunny. [/quote]

Dammn! How did I miss this title when it was available?!?!
Message: Posted by: ekins (Dec 28, 2020 10:23AM)
[quote]On Dec 27, 2020, gaddy wrote:
Dammn! How did I miss this title when it was available?!?! [/quote]

It's still showing as available on Hocus Pocus and is also discounted there.

https://www.hocus-pocus.com/magicshop/product_detail.cfm?item=66400

-Brian
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Dec 28, 2020 11:41PM)
[quote]On Dec 28, 2020, ekins wrote:
[quote]On Dec 27, 2020, gaddy wrote:
Dammn! How did I miss this title when it was available?!?! [/quote]

It's still showing as available on Hocus Pocus and is also discounted there.

https://www.hocus-pocus.com/magicshop/product_detail.cfm?item=66400

-Brian [/quote]
I haven't shopped there before. Thanks for pointing that out!
Message: Posted by: Eric Evans (Dec 29, 2020 11:51PM)
As for Sonny, word has it that he was let out of the pokey due to COVID stuff.

Keep your eyes peeled boys and girls, he might turn up at a pitch near you.
Message: Posted by: Chatterbox41 (Dec 31, 2020 05:36PM)
[quote]On Dec 29, 2020, Eric Evans wrote:
As for Sonny, word has it that he was let out of the pokey due to COVID stuff.

Keep your eyes peeled boys and girls, he might turn up at a pitch near you. [/quote]

That is awesome news Eric! Hopefully hell stay (relatively) on the straight and narrow.

Gary K