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Topic: Daryl died at the Magic Castle
Message: Posted by: MagicMark502 (Feb 25, 2017 12:00AM)
No name 100% confirmed but I Have heard rumors of who it was. Said day at the Castle.

http://m.tmz.com/#article/2017/02/24/magic-castle-death-hanging-suicide-magician/
Message: Posted by: Alwow (Feb 25, 2017 12:25AM)
Wow...
Message: Posted by: magicyoshi (Feb 25, 2017 12:40AM)
Can you give me the name in a private message? Local KFI was saying they knew but hadn't announced it yet. I've been looking for info for an hour.
Message: Posted by: tophatter (Feb 25, 2017 12:46AM)
Omg I thought this was just a catchy Tag line or something !
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Feb 25, 2017 12:56AM)
It's going to be on the news in five minutes here in LA.

kj
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Feb 25, 2017 01:05AM)
They didn't identify the person on the news.
Message: Posted by: Joe Roberts (Feb 25, 2017 01:14AM)
That's terrible.

Also, people REALLY don't understand what this section of the Café is for.
Message: Posted by: MagicMark502 (Feb 25, 2017 01:22AM)
My bad Joe Roberts. Sorry.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Feb 25, 2017 01:36AM)
They just said it was a "long time beloved illusionist from the Magic Castle", but no name.
Message: Posted by: Karl M (Feb 25, 2017 01:37AM)
Just heard about who it is,thats two brilliant perforemees lost in 24hrs,that's terrible,rip
Message: Posted by: MagicMark502 (Feb 25, 2017 01:46AM)
Agreed Karl. I too know the name but want official reports to share the news. Sad day
Message: Posted by: ursmagicbalu (Feb 25, 2017 01:54AM)
OMG
Message: Posted by: One Inch Man (Feb 25, 2017 02:05AM)
***, this is just heartbreaking news...
Message: Posted by: RonCalhoun (Feb 25, 2017 03:02AM)
This news is heartbreaking. Most of us will have called him our ambitious friend. I can not understand the pain he must have been in. :)
Message: Posted by: Colin (C.J.) (Feb 25, 2017 03:18AM)
RIP Daryl

http://heavy.com/news/2017/02/daryl-easton-suicide-magic-castle-death-dead-magician-hollywood-las-vegas-how-did-he-die-who-is-cause-family-wife/
Message: Posted by: warren (Feb 25, 2017 03:42AM)
RIP to one of the greatest magicians of all time....its so sad :(
Message: Posted by: SleepyMagic (Feb 25, 2017 04:14AM)
RIP
Message: Posted by: Waterloophai (Feb 25, 2017 04:57AM)
This is a REAL loss.
He was sympathic, creative and a fantastic magician.
I feel very sad.
May he rest in peace.
Message: Posted by: Tom Wong (Feb 25, 2017 05:22AM)
Really sad :'( First Bob Cassidy then this. Another broken wand.
Message: Posted by: Waterloophai (Feb 25, 2017 05:57AM)
[quote]On Feb 25, 2017, RonCalhoun wrote:
This news is heartbreaking. Most of us will have called him our ambitious friend. I can not understand the pain he must have been in. :) [/quote]
Our ambitious friend... indeed !
And there is so much more that he gave us.
Message: Posted by: Yuan Moons (Feb 25, 2017 06:03AM)
This is awful news. He was an inspiration when I was starting out. RIP.
Message: Posted by: Drtriage (Feb 25, 2017 06:12AM)
Terribly sad news.
Message: Posted by: RobertMarsi (Feb 25, 2017 06:18AM)
We lose two greats in one day. RIP Bob and Daryl! 😩
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Feb 25, 2017 06:39AM)
I can't believe he's gone.


"Like the fading of a mirage upon the desert dust." - Daryl

Rest In Peace...

:bikes:
Message: Posted by: Leo H (Feb 25, 2017 07:37AM)
Terrible, awful. Poor man.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 25, 2017 07:56AM)
One of my favorites..RIP sir...
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Feb 25, 2017 08:03AM)
Wow, I can't believe it. Does anyone know what led to this?
kj
Message: Posted by: Fire Starter (Feb 25, 2017 08:19AM)
Aweful news I just learn't this along with hearing about Bob, very very sad news indeed :(
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Feb 25, 2017 09:01AM)
Slightly longer article:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/magician-daryl-easton-found-dead-hollywood-magic-castle-article-1.2981928
Message: Posted by: Robert Sixx (Feb 25, 2017 09:15AM)
Very sad. Daryl will be missed! RIP

Robert
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Feb 25, 2017 09:16AM)
So sad to hear. 😣

He was a great magician, one of the very best. My prayers to his family. RIP
Message: Posted by: thehawk (Feb 25, 2017 09:19AM)
Daryl was also one of the most likable magicians you could see on camera. That is one thing I will never forget about him. RIP
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Feb 25, 2017 10:38AM)
RIP Daryl. The Magician's Magician
Message: Posted by: blurrylines (Feb 25, 2017 11:08AM)
My first magic VHS was Daryl. I was going to attend his lecture this weekend at the castle. The man was an exemplary magician and an unparalleled pleasure to be around. I never, and I mean never saw him without a smile on his face (even off stage). What a tragedy.
Message: Posted by: bluesmagic (Feb 25, 2017 11:10AM)
This is so sad ! :( R.I.P. Daryl !!!
Message: Posted by: rosariorose9 (Feb 25, 2017 11:36AM)
Shocking and profoundly sad news. I have a number of his dvds. His Encyclopedia of Card Sleights was an extraordinary achievement. RIP, Daryl...
Message: Posted by: Gavinsky (Feb 25, 2017 11:39AM)
My absolute favourite. Deepest sympathy to his family.
Message: Posted by: lynnef (Feb 25, 2017 12:11PM)
[quote]On Feb 25, 2017, blurrylines wrote:
My first magic VHS was Daryl. I was going to attend his lecture this weekend at the castle. The man was an exemplary magician and an unparalleled pleasure to be around. I never, and I mean never saw him without a smile on his face (even off stage). What a tragedy. [/quote]

My first vhs was Michael Ammar, and my second was Daryl! His passing is noted in other fora in the Café (not very magical, etc). He was much more than his magic! His persona on tapes, stage and lecture would brighten anyone's day. I hope there's some sort of memorial from the magic community, perhaps similar to Robin Williams' tribute. Lynn
Message: Posted by: plink (Feb 25, 2017 12:41PM)
In sorrow, I too was thinking of Robin Williams. Seemingly so up beat and happy, but pained at the core. RIP Daryl, you have left a legacy and a fan base that honors what you shared.
Message: Posted by: martini (Feb 25, 2017 12:45PM)
I am shocked and saddened to hear this. Daryl was a good friend, always ready to
help others, especially young magicians starting out. I cannot imagine what pain
has caused this, I only wish he would have reached out to his friends.

A Gentleman all the way, well loved by many and will be very much missed.

Our deepest heartfelt sympathy for the family.

Marty & Mary Pat
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Feb 25, 2017 01:07PM)
I met Daryl a couple of times, and he was always very personable and nice. His stage presence was fantastic, and what a creative mind.

I am shocked when I heard this, so young and leaves a wife and family behind. I just received email from him that he was selling his video tapes, a week or so ago.

After reading the referenced report, it is very hard to believe it was suicide, a police officer once told me in a restaurant, I was sitting near, that most deaths are called suicide, even when the facts don't make sense.

When I was in Viet Nam, my Sargent committed suicide when he was alone, he also was thinking of others when he was committing the act. So maybe Daryl was doing the same.

I am very saddened to have received this news. He was and will continue to be a legend.
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Feb 25, 2017 01:23PM)
Very sad and bizzarre, reminds of the Robin Williams incident. Daryl was a huge influence on me and his comprehensive "Encyclopedia of Card Sleights" DVDS are still one of my favorite DVD sets of all time, and I love all of his other work as well and I continue to use his material today. My condolences go to "The Magician's Magician" and his family.
Message: Posted by: Waterloophai (Feb 25, 2017 01:26PM)
The organisation of FISM 2018 has to do something to honor him. It is simply their duty.
Message: Posted by: Cain (Feb 25, 2017 02:58PM)
Speaking of trash media, I've heard wildly different accounts of what happened. Was this definitely a suicide and not an accident? While the latter would be more embarrassing, it would not be quite as sad.
Message: Posted by: MaxfieldsMagic (Feb 25, 2017 03:15PM)
RIP to a legend. He certainly left a legacy for the benefit of all who came after him.
Message: Posted by: warren (Feb 25, 2017 03:34PM)
I feel blessed to have met Daryl it's not often that you get to meet your hero's especially when they turn out to be everything you hoped they would be and more. One of the nicest men you could ever wish to meet RIP to a true magical legend Daryl The Magician's Magician my thoughts are with your family at this sad time :(
Message: Posted by: Karl M (Feb 25, 2017 04:32PM)
It feels like 2017 is starting like what 2016 was,I hope not for the rest of 2017
Message: Posted by: RichardIngram (Feb 25, 2017 05:05PM)
I met Daryl twice, true gentlemen. So helpful and absolutely loved magic. He will be missed.
Message: Posted by: David Neighbors (Feb 25, 2017 05:44PM)
Yea My Dad used to Say That " suicide was a permanent solution to a temporary problem " My Best ):
Message: Posted by: danaruns (Feb 25, 2017 06:14PM)
I talked to Daryl just two days ago. He was perfectly fine. Of course, now I know he wasn't, and I hate that we just engaged in chit chat when there was obviously really important stuff on his mind. Not that he would share it with me, but still. I wish I could have said or done something. :)
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Feb 25, 2017 06:20PM)
Sad for Daryl and his Family,

and Magic.

-Mary
Message: Posted by: blurrylines (Feb 25, 2017 07:30PM)
US news reports that the coroner has stated it was *NOT* a suicide. It was an accident. I want to note that it does not in the slightest diminish the grave tragedy of the loss, but softens things...just a bit, to know that the Daryl we all knew and loved was not putting on an false act while being tormented inside. His jovial excitement and infectious enthusiasm was authentic until the very end.

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-02-25/magicians-death-by-hanging-in-hollywood-ruled-accidental-by-coroner
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Feb 25, 2017 08:11PM)
Many of us lost a magical friend today and I am still shocked by it all. However, you should all know that much of what you have been reading is in fact "Fake News" - Here's the truth as we know it so far...[url=http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-magician-death-idUSKBN16500H]Click Here![/url] :arg:
Message: Posted by: Cain (Feb 25, 2017 08:28PM)
Eeek. Some people take things too far.
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Feb 25, 2017 08:54PM)
Now ruled as an accident, strange.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Feb 25, 2017 08:57PM)
[quote]On Feb 25, 2017, Steve Brooks wrote:
Many of us lost a magical friend today and I am still shocked by it all. However, you should all know that much of what you have been reading is in fact "Fake News" - Here's the truth as we know it so far...[url=http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-magician-death-idUSKBN16500H]Click Here![/url] :arg: [/quote]

Thank you for sharing this. I spoke with Daryl not too long ago, and I have always felt he was one of the happiest people with one of the best attitudes about life. It makes way more sense that this was a terrible accident.

He will be missed.

KJ
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Feb 25, 2017 10:27PM)
Accidental makes no sense since he was close-up performer, sounds like something an illusionist or stage magician would do. A lot of stuff doesn't add up. But hopefully time will reveal the truth.
Message: Posted by: Cain (Feb 26, 2017 03:22AM)
No.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Feb 26, 2017 03:30AM)
Magicians helping Magicians.
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Feb 26, 2017 04:52AM)
[quote]On Feb 26, 2017, Mary Mowder wrote:
Cain,

This is just speculation.

The Coroner has ruled it an accident.

Please ask that your post be removed.

-Mary [/quote]

While it is indeed speculation, Cain is only saying what everyone who has read these types of reports before is thinking. When this type of death is ruled accidental, it is almost always what was mentioned. It's fairly common.

While I for one wouldn't speculate on specifics when I don't know them, people are simply reacting to the information in their own way. Discussion is one of those ways. Unless slander is involved, or it violates the rules of the Café, I don't see why else we are here on this message board if not to discuss thoughts on the things people post.
Message: Posted by: Waterloophai (Feb 26, 2017 06:06AM)
Empathy, tact, respect for privacy, etc.
Most people respect it, some apparently attach less importance to it.
Respect for the privacy of the dead is here at stake.
Certain norms and values are obviously not universal and vary depending on education, culture, age, and geographic location.
In the name of free speech, this can sometimes lead to embarrassing situations.
The question then arises whether it is wise in any circumstances, throwing around his opinion.
Message: Posted by: Waterloophai (Feb 26, 2017 06:40AM)
I see that the administrators from this forum guide this thread in a sensible and wise manner. I, and no doubt many forum members, appreciate this very much.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Feb 26, 2017 08:32AM)
Sad. So much about this is so sad.

I wish the need to speculate and sensationalize didn't permeate our culture.
Message: Posted by: Marvello (Feb 26, 2017 09:23AM)
[quote]On Feb 26, 2017, Race Blakhart wrote:
When this type of death is ruled accidental, it is almost always what was mentioned. It's fairly common.[/quote]
Yes, exactly, and no matter how he passed it naturally does not diminish any of his contributions to the magical arts community - people will be using his instructional videos for generations to come. However, I think it is reckless to regard the facts as "fake news." The facts are he was found dead in the dressing room with a bag over his head, and it has been ruled accidental, and that it had nothing to do with an illusion of effect. As adults we all know what that adds up to, and to bury your head in the sand and pretend that isn't the case, or to call such reports as "fake news" seems silly to me.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Feb 26, 2017 11:21AM)
This is very sad news. I enjoyed Daryl's products very much, and learned a lot from them.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Feb 26, 2017 11:56AM)
+May his memory be eternal+
Message: Posted by: ssucahyo (Feb 26, 2017 12:06PM)
Rip...my thought on him.
Still have several of his invention.
The Jumping knot is great and I still perform it 3 days ago. So sad...
Message: Posted by: Cain (Feb 26, 2017 01:06PM)
It's sad how people are infantilized. We hear about someone who died of hanging, and members reasonably inferred suicide. You'll note that [i]I[/i] didn't; I was skeptical based on other details and reports. [i]I[/i] withheld judgement. Others upthread speculated about depression and darkness, yet meddlesome pearl-clutchers did not issue any warnings, and those posts certainly were not scrubbed. I stated what I was personally inclined to believe based on the evidence available, so let's not pretend this is about "speculation." It's victorianism masquerading as a concern for truth.
Message: Posted by: jefkve (Feb 26, 2017 01:55PM)
Regardless of how it happened, it is sad and a great loss. RIP
Message: Posted by: SteveFromSpokane (Feb 26, 2017 02:12PM)
[quote]On Feb 25, 2017, blurrylines wrote:
My first magic VHS was Daryl. I was going to attend his lecture this weekend at the castle. The man was an exemplary magician and an unparalleled pleasure to be around. I never, and I mean never saw him without a smile on his face (even off stage). What a tragedy. [/quote]

" I never, and I mean never saw him without a smile on his face (even off stage). " Never more truer words.

Much like Aldo , Daryl helped my magic so much and was a true pleasure to be around.
Message: Posted by: Mike Powers (Feb 26, 2017 03:51PM)
You can view the coroner's report at: http://mec.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/mec/main/home/caseinformation/casedetail?CaseNum=2017-01586

The ruling is suicide. The case is closed.

Daryl was a wonderful performer and a great person as well. My heart goes out to his family and to all who knew him. It's a sad day indeed.

Mike
Message: Posted by: David Neighbors (Feb 26, 2017 04:02PM)
Thanks Mike I was try to do that!!! :)

And To his Family My Best!!! :(
Message: Posted by: Drtriage (Feb 26, 2017 04:03PM)
[quote]On Feb 26, 2017, Mike Powers wrote:
You can view the coroner's report at: http://mec.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/mec/main/home/caseinformation/casedetail?CaseNum=2017-01586

The ruling is suicide. The case is closed.

Daryl was a wonderful performer and a great person as well. My heart goes out to his family and to all who knew him. It's a sad day indeed.

Mike [/quote]

Thanks Mike for this info.

It is a sad time for the magic community - Daryl gave us so much.

Suicide is so tragic.
Message: Posted by: The great Gumbini (Feb 26, 2017 06:03PM)
This is very sad. Daryl was the magicians magician for a reason. He will be missed by a lot of people.

Good magic to all,


Eric
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Feb 26, 2017 08:38PM)
:cry:
Message: Posted by: gomerel (Feb 26, 2017 08:51PM)
Daryl was a member of IBM Victor St Leon Ring 192, although he was only able to come to special events such as auctions, where he bought generously. He often came to lectures by visiting magicians at our club and Grand Illusions. Always wanting to learn more. The lecturers always paid tribute to him. He always brought a smile to my face. RIP
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Feb 26, 2017 09:35PM)
I was having dinner with a friend in the dining room at the Magic Castle that night when I heard the news from another member passing by. The sad news turned the festive mood of the Castle to a somber and shocked group of people.

The shows that were ajecent to the area of the incident were canceled and the guests were diverted to other parts of the building where magician members entertained groups

Soon afterwards the decision was made by the management to cancel the last dinner seating and the Magic Castle closed at 11:30.
Message: Posted by: danielrhall (Feb 26, 2017 09:53PM)
So very shocking and sad to lose such a humble, likeable person, a tremendous talent, and a great teacher. Rest in peace, Daryl.
Message: Posted by: Devious (Feb 26, 2017 10:27PM)
[quote]On Feb 25, 2017, sam2452 wrote:
I Was hoping mask magician. [/quote]

Hoping...what?
Message: Posted by: tophatter (Feb 27, 2017 01:10AM)
I am very saddened by this News & shocked R.I.P Daryl , I still have his original video with the teaching of Presto Printo what a great thinker & performer "One Of The Best" He will be missed.
Message: Posted by: Karl M (Feb 27, 2017 02:37AM)
[quote]On Feb 26, 2017, Mike Powers wrote:
You can view the coroner's report at: http://mec.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/mec/main/home/caseinformation/casedetail?CaseNum=2017-01586

The ruling is suicide. The case is closed.

Daryl was a wonderful performer and a great person as well. My heart goes out to his family and to all who knew him. It's a sad day indeed.

Mike [/quote]
How can the coroner know his intention was to do suicide unless Darryl left a note or some thing,I don't believe it
Message: Posted by: Waterloophai (Feb 27, 2017 05:26AM)
[quote]On Feb 26, 2017, Dannydoyle wrote:
I wish the need to speculate and sensationalize didn't permeate our culture. [/quote]
Unfortunately, some people do not know when to stop.
Message: Posted by: Salguod Nairb (Feb 27, 2017 07:14AM)
[quote]On Feb 27, 2017, Waterloophai wrote:
[quote]On Feb 26, 2017, Dannydoyle wrote:
I wish the need to speculate and sensationalize didn't permeate our culture. [/quote]
Unfortunately, some people do not know when to stop. [/quote]


True colors... and all that.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/Q57wROh.gif[/img]
Message: Posted by: at4iowa (Feb 27, 2017 10:19AM)
Daryl is one of my all time favorites. I think I own every DVD he produced. I recently purchased his two of his books which he signed for me. Had the privilege of seeing him perform and lecture and he just seemed so genuinely nice. The cause of his death is irrelevant, we lost a great magician and a great human being. My thoughts and well wishes go out to his family and those who knew him best. Rest in peace Daryl.
Message: Posted by: Rspangl (Feb 27, 2017 11:40AM)
Terrible news. I bought Daryl's rope routine probably 30 years ago. Each step was explained in a large fold-out poster. I perform that rope routine about any time I perform. A friend of mine had some of his VHS sets, and when they came out in DVD, Daryl let him 'trade' for a very small fee. He was such a good teacher. What are your favorite effects from Daryl?
Message: Posted by: Bill Wilson (Feb 27, 2017 01:55PM)
[quote]On Feb 27, 2017, Ross W wrote:
[quote]On Feb 26, 2017, Karl M wrote:
I have tried what every one is saying what Daryl did and its not a bad thing at all,it is just your choice what to do and every one has a chice about what to do,only one person can say it is wright or it is wrong and it it the person doing it,I respect Daryl 100% what ever it was what happened [/quote]

Jeez,man. TMI.

(If true.) [/quote]

I read that & thought I was misreading it. Maybe I wasn't.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Feb 27, 2017 01:59PM)
I cannot believe it.
We performed together at a casino a few years ago. I had not seen him since.

Such a great guy. I'm shocked and sad for his family.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Feb 28, 2017 12:28PM)
[quote]On Feb 26, 2017, Race Blakhart wrote:

While it is indeed speculation, Cain is only saying...

I don't see why else we are here on this message board if not to discuss thoughts on the things people post. [/quote]

If I am reading the now-edited (thank you, mods) topic correctly, the reason to judiciously refrain from discussions that sometimes surround the passing of someone on a [b]public[/b] forum (as I see it) doesn't have anything to do with any of us. It is about the feelings of, and consideration for, family members left behind.
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Feb 28, 2017 04:33PM)
Yet here's the tricky wrinkle:

It's not a private act when it's performed in a public place.

Plus it's a public place to which a lot of people have personal attachments. So that gets knotty.

And depression afflicts lots of people to varying degrees, making it feel personal, even at a distance, for lots of people.

And on top of that, the Castle is a business for which sustainable success is dependent on its image. If the Castle could choose among the two competing narratives, which would be least damaging? It appears that the Castle's choice is being officially honored, but that narrative is not so compatible with the items initially reported and with the absence of a note.

When things don't make sense, people try to make sense of the situation, especially when it feels public and/or they feel personally touched.

So there's discussion.
Message: Posted by: Marvello (Feb 28, 2017 04:46PM)
Agree with the 2 narratives thing - and a "cover up" or "spin" is suspect and creepy, no matter what the motivation

[quote]On Feb 28, 2017, Tim Cavendish wrote:
Yet here's the tricky wrinkle:

It's not a private act when it's performed in a public place.

Plus it's a public place to which a lot of people have personal attachments. So that gets knotty.

And depression afflicts lots of people to varying degrees, making it feel personal, even at a distance, for lots of people.

And on top of that, the Castle is a business for which sustainable success is dependent on its image. If the Castle could choose among the two competing narratives, which would be least damaging? It appears that the Castle's choice is being officially honored, but that narrative is not so compatible with the items initially reported and with the absence of a note.

When things don't make sense, people try to make sense of the situation, especially when it feels public and/or they feel personally touched.

So there's discussion. [/quote]
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Feb 28, 2017 06:49PM)
[quote]On Feb 27, 2017, Rspangl wrote:
Terrible news. I bought Daryl's rope routine probably 30 years ago. Each step was explained in a large fold-out poster. I perform that rope routine about any time I perform. A friend of mine had some of his VHS sets, and when they came out in DVD, Daryl let him 'trade' for a very small fee. He was such a good teacher. What are your favorite effects from Daryl? [/quote]

My favorite Daryl effect is the card to the middle of the deck wrapped in rope and it still rises to the top. I think that is the best ending to an ambitious card routine.

However, what I have learned most from Daryl is his attitude when performing. I just love his fun and casual approach.

kj
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Feb 28, 2017 07:45PM)
Michael Ammar wrote a great piece about this.

"There’s a hole in the curtain. There in the Parlor of the Magic Castle; it’s hidden in one of the folds. Performers can check audiences or watch fellow performers. Sometimes Daryl or I would watch an audience for the other - gauging the response to a move or a bit of misdirection. We probably watched more performances that way than from the audience.

Friday night Daryl made a heartbreaking decision. He chose to pass on his own terms; nullifying an infinity of possible solutions or opportunities and devastating those closest to him with thoughts that maybe we could have said or done something, or with guilt over having missed any warning signs.

But there were no clues on Thursday about would happen the next day, and what did happen was nothing like the bizarre images suggested by the media. Castle security cameras revealed on that day there was no insanity, alcohol or conflicts, and no crushing anxiety or depression. Daryl was calm, collected and serene.

I believe every corner of every room was so full of joy, laughter and happiness, he simply decided to stay forever. Those who knew Daryl, understand there was a beautiful, elegant simplicity to his favorite magic methods. Well… somehow… in ways we’ll never understand, he decided there was a simple path to the peace he wanted.

There was nothing salacious, there was no turmoil; there was just a misguided desire to find peace and to stay where he could watch magic forever - through the hole in the curtain."

Also Jamy Ian Swiss wrote a great feature on Daryl a month ago on The Lyon's Den. http://www.magicana.com/news/blog/take-two-14-daryl as well as another one recently regarding Daryl and Bob Cassidy. http://www.magicana.com/news/blog/take-two-18-passing-two-masters
Message: Posted by: Brad Burt (Feb 28, 2017 09:33PM)
As a dealer and magic shop owner I knew Daryl for many years. Had him lecture a number of times, etc. Really one of the nicest people I have ever known. His passing struck me very hard. Particularly because of the manner of it.

I have suffered severe depression and anxiety for 40+ years. Up, down...on and on. Most folks would not have known. And, there's the thing, in many, many cases what the sufferer presents is what seems normal to folks. My favorite manner of explanation is this: Suppose someone comes in and they have a compound fracture of one of the forearm bones? Blood pouring down. Bone sticking out of a rip in the arm muscle. Yuck! You'd see it and instantly say, "Hey let's get you to the hospital!" There's no ambiguity, no wondering what to do. But, trust me...(and many of you know this as well) a person can be in a form of distress far, far more acute and painful and you'd never know. And, what's worse, because a person in this level of pain can "sound" so lucid and calm, etc. it's very, very, very easy to discount what they tell you of their distress, if they tell you at all.

It's all very sad. Those of us who survived the level of pain and distress that causes someone to take their life...it is more painful than I can say to have someone you admire and care about take theirs.

Daryl, for whatever reason you did what you did a lot of us care that you were part of our world. Rest in peace brother.

brad burt
Message: Posted by: Cain (Mar 1, 2017 01:41AM)
[quote]On Feb 28, 2017, Tim Cavendish wrote:
And on top of that, the Castle is a business for which sustainable success is dependent on its image. If the Castle could choose among the two competing narratives, which would be least damaging? It appears that the Castle's choice is being officially honored, but that narrative is not so compatible with the items initially reported and with the absence of a note.
[/quote]

Suicide is a surprisingly impulsive act, so I can buy the odd timing and lack of a note. I can also believe a notorious gossip site would recklessly post salacious details to drive page clicks and spur discussion.

The alternative narrative is now complicated by the coroner's (presumably) final report. In order for the alternative view to fit, one would have to believe a literal conspiracy: the authorities alter details at the behest of an image-conscious private club, in the process honoring the memory of a family man and public figure; if an insurance company were involved, it would probably be all too happy to look the other way since suicide is less likely to pay out a claim than an accident (arguably in the workplace). It all sounds a little outlandish, yet precisely this sort of thing has been known to occur. Other than those making an insurance claim, nobody materially stands to benefit if this were the case, so a noble falsehood easily trounces the awful truth.

In religious countries, the opposite tends to happen. Someone commits suicide, but because of the social stigma attached to self-destruction, it's classified as an accident.
Message: Posted by: dyrwolf (Mar 1, 2017 03:45PM)
Most life insurance contracts put some restriction on collecting on a suicide, often not paying if within 2 years of policy issue. After the time limit has passed, payout as any other death.

FWIW.
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Mar 1, 2017 10:33PM)
[quote]On Feb 28, 2017, sirbrad wrote:
Michael Ammar wrote a great piece about this.

"There’s a hole in the curtain. There in the Parlor of the Magic Castle; it’s hidden in one of the folds. Performers can check audiences or watch fellow performers. Sometimes Daryl or I would watch an audience for the other - gauging the response to a move or a bit of misdirection. We probably watched more performances that way than from the audience.

Friday night Daryl made a heartbreaking decision. He chose to pass on his own terms; nullifying an infinity of possible solutions or opportunities and devastating those closest to him with thoughts that maybe we could have said or done something, or with guilt over having missed any warning signs.

But there were no clues on Thursday about would happen the next day, and what did happen was nothing like the bizarre images suggested by the media. Castle security cameras revealed on that day there was no insanity, alcohol or conflicts, and no crushing anxiety or depression. Daryl was calm, collected and serene.

I believe every corner of every room was so full of joy, laughter and happiness, he simply decided to stay forever. Those who knew Daryl, understand there was a beautiful, elegant simplicity to his favorite magic methods. Well… somehow… in ways we’ll never understand, he decided there was a simple path to the peace he wanted.

There was nothing salacious, there was no turmoil; there was just a misguided desire to find peace and to stay where he could watch magic forever - through the hole in the curtain."

Also Jamy Ian Swiss wrote a great feature on Daryl a month ago on The Lyon's Den. http://www.magicana.com/news/blog/take-two-14-daryl as well as another one recently regarding Daryl and Bob Cassidy. http://www.magicana.com/news/blog/take-two-18-passing-two-masters [/quote]great statement. Thank you for sharing. This is a great statement/ write up. heartfelt and knowledge behind the "hole in the curtain". This is not to discount everyone elses concerns/feelings, experiences. :). God Speed
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 2, 2017 08:06PM)
I posted this in the coin magic section, but having seen this thread, decided maybe it belongs here:

It’s the weirdest thing (or maybe not, if you don’t believe in coincidences). But I’ve been trying to sell my set of Michael Ammar Money Magic DVDs for the last few months. I posted the ad in the DVDs for sale section three times, letting it run its course, but no one was interested.

After the third time, I decided it must be a sign. Maybe I was meant to keep the DVDs. So a few days ago I casually picked up Volume 2, started watching it, and … Daryl’s Cross Of India really caught my eye. What a great trick! I started learning it there and then.

And then the very next day … the terrible news about Daryl. It was a real shock. I had the good fortune to see him lecture several times, and have owned many of his props and publications. Every one of his lectures was a happy, fun, entertaining and inspiring learning experience. Once, at a magic convention in New Jersey (around the time of his first Millennium Tour), during the lunch break my wife and I decided to skip the trendy, expensive restaurants recommended by the organizers, and drove until we found a funky little diner off the beaten track. Hardly anyone was there … except for Daryl and his then new bride, Allison! They were very gracious to us. We chatted and joked and traded stories, and then - (although I was dying to ask him about a “move” for one of his tricks) - we each respected each others’ privacy when our meals arrived.

Daryl was such a decent, generous, joyful, amazingly talented and creative person, (and a real gentleman), that it’s very hard for me to accept the official explanation for his death. Nevertheless, like some of you have posted, I have been inspired to learn not only Cross Of India, but as a tribute to him also I’m going to give his 3-Fly another look.

I’ll always have warm and happy memories of Daryl.
Message: Posted by: Faster (Mar 2, 2017 08:27PM)
If anyone gets info on cemetery particulars please share. funeral info would also be great so I can send flowers.

Richard
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Mar 3, 2017 01:08AM)
I was just talking to some people who were at the Castle the day of his last performance, and on Friday when he took his life. They knew him personally, and knew that he had an ongoing battle with severe depression. I spoke to Daryl on a couple occasions, but I didn't know that side of hiim. He masked what was going on inside very well by coming across quite the opposite on the outside, always appearing happy.

A couple of the guys spoke to the two individuals who found Daryl. They believe it was clearly a suicide, regardless of note or not, and as we know, the coroners final report said it was suicide. There was nothing else going on as has been alleged or alluded to. There was nothing sexual, and he was fully dressed. Some of the people who knew he was battling depression spoke to him the day or days before his death asked him how he was doing. They said he alluded to going through a tough bit, but felt he was doing better.

He took his life early Friday morning when he was all alone in the dressing room behind one of the theaters. No one went in there for around eight hours when one of the managers and another staff member went looking for Daryl as he was due to perform.

I think one of the take-aways from this is that if you are battling depression as most people do at one point or another in their life, please reach out and talk to someone and focus on a purpose larger than yourself. I think Daryl did focus on something bigger than himself as he brought so much joy to so many audiences and so much inspiration to so many magicians. It's a shame that he couldn't reach out to get the help he needed in a way that would have allowed him to continue the good work he was doing.

God bless you Daryl, and may you be entertaining in heaven, without any of the inner burden.

KJ
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Mar 3, 2017 01:31PM)
Perhaps this link was entered earlier but If you go here it will tell you how to help "The Academy of Magical Arts, Easton Family Fund".

http://www.daryl.net/

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Glenn Watson (Mar 3, 2017 06:05PM)
A Go fund me for Daryl's family has been set up.Below is the address.

https://www.gofundme.com/the-easton-family
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Mar 5, 2017 12:36PM)
For those who prefer to use PayPal:

"The Magic Castle are raising money, but some magicians have chosen to just send directly to us by sending a PayPal donation using the email address magic@daryl.net - If you go onto PayPal.com and choose to "send" it walks you through it very simply."

-Mary
Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (Mar 9, 2017 08:41PM)
Thank you for posting the contribution pages. While I have met Darryl a number of times, I can't say that I really knew him. He was always most kind, innovative and inspiring. I've been speechless since first hearing the news and my heart goes out to his family.

Dan.
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Mar 15, 2017 02:03AM)
Some more info I found from Misdirection's Magic Shop.

"FYI... About Daryl, this from Scott Wells from The Magic Word....
FEBRUARY 28, 2017 from Jerry Ferguson:

"I spoke with Alison, Daryl's wife, for a long time on the phone today.
"She explained that Daryl had been suffering from clinical depression for years. He had been taking medication for his condition for a very long time. She explained that people in show business are often very fragile people. Growing up Daryl had been badly physically abused by his mother. Not sexually, but she would often hit him. His escape was the world of magic, reading books, learning magic, performing and getting love, respect and appreciation from an audience that he loved. He loved to make his audience feel good by entertaining them.��"Alison was an illusionist working on Norwegian cruise lines and theater venues in Japan when she met Daryl in 1996 at one of his lectures. They got together and in 1998 they were married. They had two beautiful daughters and Alison said that Daryl was a very caring generous loving father. They had a wonderful normal loving family being together for 20 years. They both loved each other and with the children were committed to each other forever.
"Alison said that some of the internet sensational fake news stories and blogs are hurtful and not true. Simply a way to sell ads.

"She said that because of legal issues the coroners will normally rule suicides as accidents unless there is absolute proof and absolute certainty in order to protect themselves from legal issues involving insurance companies etc.. Daryl loved the Magic Castle where he had spent so much time learning from Dai Vernon and other great master magicians. It was like home for him. A place he loved. A place he felt safe. Those who saw him friday said he was peaceful and serene as he quietly visited every room. Fond memories of the happy years he spent there. He went to the dressing room area in the parlor. He was fully clothed. He had placed a bag over his head so that the people finding his body at the Castle, out of respect for them, would not have to see or remember seeing a gruesome dead face. He had placed certain items, and papers, in his coat pockets that have meaning to Alison. So Daryl had decided to end his long bout with depression on his own terms at a place that he loved. His body was found hanging fully clothed with a bag over his head in the parlor dressing area behind the curtain of the parlor. His body will be sent home to be cremated. There will be a memorial service at the Magic Castle some time in the future.

"Daryl had no life insurance. Alison and Daryl's relationship was fine. He had planned to spend one day at home after the Phoenix lecture before leaving on a 30 city lecture tour in Spain. "Alison and the kids are now faced with funeral expenses. Alison like Daryl works from home. So this is a real good time to stock up on Daryl magic supplies which would help Alison and the kids pay for the funeral expenses. Daryl's web site is fully operational and all orders will be promptly filled. His web site is: "
Welcome to daryl.net

Daryl would have been deeply moved by the outpouring of support for his family and the many fond memories spontaneously shared by friends around the world in response to his sudden and unexpected passing on February 24th 2017.
WWW.DARYL.NET."
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Mar 16, 2017 12:59PM)
I'm angry at the loss and at the situation but people don't commit suicide because they are thinking clearly. They are in pain and can't deal with it.

I knew Daryl too and by EVERY signal I got from him, he was a committed Husband and Father.

Depression is a real illness with devastating consequences and the treatment options don't always help (I have a Brother who was drugged to stupidity in a professional effort to cure him, still depressed, but thankfully getting fewer drugs now). We may as well blame the victims of Cancer.

We lost one of the Great Ones in Magic and a Wonderful Person. Leave it at that.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Mar 16, 2017 06:05PM)
Yeah they are not thinking clearly or rationally otherwise they would not do it. It is easy for those in the proper state of mind to be angry and assume that is was a selfish act. But sometimes people just snap and want a way out and there is nothing anyone can do to change it. Not everyone is the same or is strong enough to handle it all. Sometimes they just break.
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Mar 16, 2017 11:08PM)
It's quite amazing how many people really have no understanding of the state of a depressed individual's mind when they are contemplating suicide. I suffered severe depression in high school (and on occasion, since then) and you get to the point that you consider yourself so inadequate for not being able to just live. Just enjoy a day. What goes along with that is you consider yourself a burden, not only to yourself, but especially to your family who are so awesome and special and who would really be so much better off without you. I remember thinking about giving my sister my shoes- I had a pair of shoes I really liked- suede oxfords I got from the Sears catalogue- paid more than $40.00 for them, which was a lot for me at the time. We lived way below the poverty line and my Mom raised my sister and I on Social Assistance, so that price for the shoes was significant at the time. Here I sat in Environmental Science Class one day, beside my sister, who had that class with me, thinking about giving her my shoes. As though they'd have more value to her than I did. I didn't deserve such a cool pair of shoes and she should have them and be free of me at the same time. This is the way the mind thinks in such a state. That's how this disease claims earthly lives.

Call me what you will. You all might have a little more insight into some of my posts around here. I don't just talk through my hat, though I've been accused of it. A little more listening with an attempt to understand and accept, and realize grace, would go a long way toward healing for so many.
Message: Posted by: MJ Marrs (Mar 18, 2017 08:46AM)
Powerful and magical post Laurie. Hopefully it will help others to understand a bit more the multi-faceted disease of mental illness. :wavey:
Message: Posted by: dyrwolf (Mar 26, 2017 02:05PM)
[quote]On Mar 15, 2017, sirbrad wrote:
Some more info I found from Misdirection's Magic Shop.

"FYI... About Daryl, this from Scott Wells from The Magic Word....
FEBRUARY 28, 2017 from Jerry Ferguson:

"Daryl had no life insurance. Alison and Daryl's relationship was fine. He had planned to spend one day at home after the Phoenix lecture before leaving on a 30 city lecture tour in Spain. "Alison and the kids are now faced with funeral expenses. Alison like Daryl works from home. So this is a real good time to stock up on Daryl magic supplies which would help Alison and the kids pay for the funeral expenses. Daryl's web site is fully operational and all orders will be promptly filled. His web site is: "
Welcome to daryl.net

Daryl would have been deeply moved by the outpouring of support for his family and the many fond memories spontaneously shared by friends around the world in response to his sudden and unexpected passing on February 24th 2017.
WWW.DARYL.NET." [/quote]

I am sure to take grief for this, but NO LIFE INSURANCE???!!!

Most policies pay a suicide after a 2 year wait.

I carry $500K+ right now, at a cost of about $600/year (at age 55). I had well over $1 million when my kids were minors, and it cost next to nothing, relatively speaking. No I am just providing for my wife, as my kids are well employed.

I am not judging anyone by any means, but protect your family, people.

One of my best friends from high school died in a car wreck on 2004, and he did not heed my advise. His family struggles unnecessarily as the youngest child graduates HS.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 26, 2017 06:04PM)
Dyrwolf, I don’t want to start an argument, or infringe on this thread dedicated to Daryl.

But the sad reality is: Sometimes life’s circumstances play havoc with the best-laid plans. I had great health insurance until 9/11/2001, which changed my life forever. Could not afford any health insurance until late last year, when I turned 65, and Medicare finally kicked in.
Message: Posted by: dyrwolf (Mar 26, 2017 07:27PM)
[quote]On Mar 26, 2017, arthur stead wrote:
Dyrwolf, I don’t want to start an argument, or infringe on this thread dedicated to Daryl.

But the sad reality is: Sometimes life’s circumstances play havoc with the best-laid plans. I had great health insurance until 9/11/2001, which changed my life forever. Could not afford any health insurance until late last year, when I turned 65, and Medicare finally kicked in. [/quote]

I'm talking life insurance, not health insurance. Every adult with children should have a term policy to provide for their kids should something happen to them. Bought at the age most people start having kids, $500K is about $20-40/month. Of course, if you have serious health issues, you might not be able to get the best price, or any price. However, I would argue that if you have a health condition so serious that you could not obtain life insurance, you probably should reconsider having children, since you likely will not be around to raise them.

If anyone reading this has kids and no such insurance, I would advise rethinking this approach. I have seen so many families destroyed by the unexpected death of the breadwinner. I've stepped in to help some of these kids.

I don't think this is infringing at all. Daryl lectured at my ring back in the early 80's; nice guy. I'm just saying people with kids should examine their priorities, and drop some cell phone expenses, or forgo a night at a restaurant once a month. The expense is really small, in comparison with the consequences.

As a teacher, I would refer to his death as a "teachable moment" in this respect.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Mar 26, 2017 07:49PM)
[quote]On Mar 26, 2017, dyrwolf wrote:
[quote]On Mar 26, 2017, arthur stead wrote:
Dyrwolf, I don’t want to start an argument, or infringe on this thread dedicated to Daryl.

But the sad reality is: Sometimes life’s circumstances play havoc with the best-laid plans. I had great health insurance until 9/11/2001, which changed my life forever. Could not afford any health insurance until late last year, when I turned 65, and Medicare finally kicked in. [/quote]

I'm talking life insurance, not health insurance. [/quote]

Of course you are. I was just illustrating, with my health insurance story, that you never know what life can throw at you. And incidentally. because of my own situation, I don't have any life insurance either.

We also don't know what Daryl's circumstances were. Just sayin' ...
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Mar 27, 2017 03:03PM)
I second the incredible importance of evaluating your needs for life insurance.

My parents never even mentioned it to me before I 'left the nest'. The realization of its importance only came about a number of years later.
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Mar 27, 2017 08:20PM)
[quote]On Mar 27, 2017, Chessmann wrote:
I second the incredible importance of evaluating your needs for life insurance.

My parents never even mentioned it to me before I 'left the nest'. The realization of its importance only came about a number of years later. [/quote]

And I will add that you probably want a second plan outside of one that you get from you employer. I drove truck over 20 years and always carried between $100,000 - $250,000 thru my employers group rate plans. Most of those expired when I left the job. (I forget what "type" insurance that is officially called). Now that I am no longer working and do not still have an active plan thru an employer, I think it would be difficult to find a plan as affordable as my "work plan" since I have had cancer twice in 5 years and many other problems stemming from that.

Also, the generosity of others is on and off. Pages like Go Fund Me are great but with a few scams sticking thru the cracks from time to time, people can get a little nervous about donating. The fact that "we, as magicians (and possibly many non magic fans) know this is a very legit "GFM", Here we are, a month in and $11,000 has been raised for his family. While that is great, and I know it really helps his family out, it is too bad there wasn't more of a financial safety net.

I was told by my accountant (years ago when I owned my own truck and was "self employed") that you should AT MINIMUM carry 3 - 5 years salary in life insurance.

I had a weekend long "Daryl Watchathon" this weekend and I have to say, It was a little tough at first but as the dvds went on, his infectious enthusiasm for presenting magic and teaching it to the masses got a smile back on my face. My thoughts go out to his family still in this unthinkably hard time.
Message: Posted by: David Bilan (Mar 28, 2017 02:09PM)
The cheapest insurance and the kind that Poof Daddy is talking is "Term Life Insurance." My two cents: If an insurance salesman want to sell you "Whole Life" or anything other than term, don't do it. You will do much better paying for Term and investing in the difference between Term and Whole Life.

If you die young, your insurance pays the total amount and your family still has money in the bank. Yes, you can "lock in" lower rates by getting "Whole Life" when you are young, but the hope is that as you get older, your income will rise. This provides more insurance for less money at a time when you don't have it to spend.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Mar 29, 2017 03:01PM)
I'm still stunned. "Daryl died at the Magic Castle". Those words echo in my head. Daryl. He was my age, 61. See, I have no one. And, I really have nothing of value anyway. But he did. A family. I imagine he looked at his life. At his accomplishments. And...his future. I know I have. I chose my lifestyle and career early on. At fifteen I knew I wanted to be a disc jockey. In 2008, I was fired for the final time. Not one radio station has expressed interest.

I am a disabled veteran. Otherwise I'd be on the street. My family wants nothing to do with me. To them, I am a loser. A burden. Well, I have a pension now, and am quite comfortable, although not able to save. Suicide has crossed my mind in the past. Mainly because I am tired of being a burden, a loser and one foot outside the Homeless Shelter. But...(and this is KEY) I have God. That prevents me from losing all hope.

I don't think Daryl planned this. I could be wrong. A spur of the moment thought. Do it. Done. A shock that resonates all through the Magic World. I know one thing. I am re-buying all the Daryl magic stuff I had before the foreclosure. On DVD this time!

Doug
Message: Posted by: Magic_son (Apr 3, 2017 03:00AM)
Doug, I haven't been posting much, but let me say a couple of things... What you said is not only brave buy obviously from your heart!
I know for a fact that I am not alone in saying that you don't have "no one.' I, for one became a member of this café because of your and JoeJoe, and Devious's, poof-daddy, Ekuth's, post. The information I have learned from just reading has been as valuable as Daryl's contribution to others. I was very excited to see you back posting, and enjoy reading your words of wisdom. You may not have a 'family" as such, but you do have fans in this cyber world, because I am one!

Bruce
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Apr 3, 2017 04:53PM)
[quote]On Apr 3, 2017, Magic_son wrote:
I know for a fact that I am not alone in saying that you don't have "no one."
[/quote]

Well, comparatively speaking. I've never been married or had kids. That is a good thing. I would have been a lousy provider.

[quote]On Apr 3, 2017, Magic_son wrote:
I, for one became a member of this café because of your and JoeJoe, and Devious's, Poof-daddy's, Ekuth's, posts. The information I have learned from just reading has been as valuable as Daryl's contribution to others.
[/quote]

Really? I am honored to be included with them! Thank you!

[quote]On Apr 3, 2017, Magic_son wrote:
I was very excited to see you back posting, and enjoy reading your words of wisdom. You may not have a 'family" as such, but you do have fans in this cyber world, because I am one!

Bruce [/quote]

I didn't think anyone noticed I was gone! A year and a half. Fans? Me?? Wow! I will try to live up to that. :)

Doug
Message: Posted by: RowB (Apr 19, 2017 05:11PM)
What a tragedy. :( Walking through the castle the days after was surreal.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Apr 20, 2017 08:11AM)
[quote]On Apr 19, 2017, RowB wrote:
What a tragedy. :( Walking through the castle the days after was surreal. [/quote]

To be sure, RowB. Another tragic thing is, this [i]will always[/i] be a part of The Castle's legacy. That Parlour will always be know as "where Daryl died". Drat. I'm wiping tears as I type. Daryl...one of the TRUE greats. And the thought of him visiting room to room before it happened...silently saying goodbye to everyone...God! If they only [i]knew![/i]

I kinda gave up Spooky Magic for now. The deaths of Daryl, Gary Kosnitzky and Bob Cassidy hit me HARD. Death ain't fun or funny.

Doug
Message: Posted by: jdport (Apr 28, 2017 01:32PM)
I still miss Daryl. I first met him when he was Daryl Martinez, working his way through college in the Bay Area in the mid 1970s. He was a regular performer in Earthquake McGoon's Magic Cellar in San Francisco. I still have his business card somewhere in storage, "Daryl Martinez, Glittering deceptions to amaze and amuse".
Message: Posted by: Dapperdan (Jun 25, 2018 12:07PM)
A quick post to keep this tribute thread alive!...

This probably repeating a post earlier in this thread, but although I never met Daryl, I learned Ambitious Card, Cups and Balls, Ropes, and many other things from him!
Let me just add that in the download I have of Daryl's Rope Routine, he looks like he is just having the time of his life! I still chuckle every time I watch it! THAT is the Daryl that I will remember!
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jun 25, 2018 05:18PM)
I first met Daryl when we were both working the Castle, in the early '70s. We enjoyed visiting when we weren't working. He was sooo talented for his age! It was a delightful week. Forty years later, we had a "reunion" at the Houdini Club wk'end convention in Appleton. I had been following him on his dvds. Those years between meetings had made him even more talented. I do miss him.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jul 12, 2018 05:17PM)
Never met Daryl in person, but have to say I have leaned SO MUCH from this talented man over the years. Sure is a sad loss to the world of magic that he is not here.
Message: Posted by: ventman (Dec 29, 2018 06:20PM)
I had the pleasure of meeting Daryl at his lecture in Tulsa nearly 18 years ago. He continues to be a huge influence to my magic.
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (Dec 30, 2018 09:47PM)
Met the late Daryl once when he lecture in Hong Kong just less than a year before tragedy took place. The way I remember Daryl simply everytime I put a selected / signed card into the deck and the card came to the top. Then I know he will be smiling and looking from another dimension.

If David Blaine 'Street Magic' got me interest into close up magic, obviously the Late Daryl 'The Ambitious Card' got me start to learn close up magic a little more than 17 years ago.

The late Daryl will be sorely missed.
Message: Posted by: sumedik (Jan 1, 2019 03:01PM)
RIP Daryl.