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Dave V
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This just in from Ring 2100:

One of the greatest treasures in magic died last night

Message from Norm and Lupe Nielsen

CHANNING POLLOCK, age 79 died of cancer. He was one of the most
influential magicians of our time. When he walked out on stage his
charisma electrified the audience. Handsome and with his technical
perfection, he began the trend of dove magic as we know it today.

He became a movie star in Europe and later retired in California where he
mentored some of our best magicians, like Shimada and James Dimmare. He
was a strong influence on Johnny Thompson, Lance Burton and so many
others. He was above all a great friend to all those who were close to him
and an outstanding human being. We will all miss him. He is survived by
his wife, Joann and his son, Russell.

More details regarding where to send condolences, memorial and funeral
arrangements will follow.
No trees were killed in the making of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.
Dave Scribner
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Our prayers and well wishes go out to Channing's family. He was a true legend and role model not only to dove workers but to the entire magic community. We've suffered a tremendous loss.
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Bob Sanders
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Thank you for the information Dave. Please keep us posted.

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Harry Murphy
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This is a shocking loss to our small community! Channing Pollock influenced more of us than we can ever know!
The artist formally known as Mumblepeas!
Bill Palmer
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I met Channing Pollock only once. That was at Magic Live!!! in Las Vegas. He was a very nice man. I don't think I even need to mention how great a performer he was, because that has already been done. But he was as nice as he was great.
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George Ledo
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Back when I was a teenager, Channing was the inspiration and the model for my cards-and-doves act. In fact, the reason I developed my own persona and style was that I knew I wasn't him and could not be him -- which was great, because it taught me the difference between inpiration and copying. I still use that in my day-to-day work.

I ran into him at the 1988 or '89 Desert Magic Seminar, and he came across like a genuinely nice person. Knowing what I know nowadays, I'm really sorry I didn't give myself a chance to know him personally. Hindsight is always perfect.

My sincerest condolences to the family.
That's our departed buddy Burt, aka The Great Burtini, doing his famous Cups and Mice routine

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Mexico will miss mr pollock thanks for all the magic that you gave us
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