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Eric Jones
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My friend and mentor Woody Landers was struck by a car on Tuesday. The following e-mail came in from Elmer Deffenbaugh describing the situation:


You probably have heard by now - but in case you did not - - -

Woody Landers was hit by a car two days ago and is in a coma in the Neuroscience ICU at MCV.

I spoke with his sister Mary just a few minutes ago. She indicated many injuries on his left side - broken ankle, broken leg, broken ribs,clavicle etc.

He also has a blood clot on the left side of his brain and another on his right side but she did not know the extent of this damage.

Although comatose yesterday and today, he did respond briefly today.

Visitors are not warranted or permitted at this point - only family members and only those who have a code assigned to enter by the hospital.

Woody is loved and held in high esteem by us all..The best thing we can do is say a prayer every day for his full recovery, God willing.

I am sending this to you for selected distribution as you deem appropriate.

Donna at the shop may also be looking for some fill in magic demonstators to volunteer while Woody is out - Check with her.

Woody's sister Mary indicated she will keep me updated - and I will pass the information on as it is available.
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Bobby Forbes
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I only met him briefly at your lecture Eric, and he's one hell of a nice guy. I wish him and his family the best.
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Eric,
I got the message from Lou Dean. I passed it along to The Second Deal and Conjure Nation boards where Woody is a familiar name. Keep me posted if you can.
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Thanks Eric for the info..this is terrible...Woody is such a great guy...my prayers are with him and his family ..
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My best to the to him and his! Let's all think good thoughts! My prays go with him!
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Eric Jones
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For those who don't already know,

Woody Landers passed away at 3pm this afternoon.

He will be missed my many and remembered by even more.

He was an amazing magician and I was proud to call him my friend.
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This is very, very sad news. Woody was a close friend of the late Horace Bennett and one of the most knowledgeable and skilled close up magicians in magic. He was well known in the East but did not travel extensively which prevented him from being as well known in the rest of the country. He was a giving and warm person and mentored some of our finest close up workers. I will miss his smile and his magic. He was one of the good ones. May peace be with you, Woody.

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Woody was such a warm and caring guy...he showed me so much magic in such a short time..He will be missed..
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I just met Woody at the Shoot Ogawa lecture in Richmond. Eric and I got to the shop early to meet Woody and other local magicians. Having just moved to Virginia I was looking forward to having a few sessions with this personable man. I will be praying for his family.
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Woody was more than a friend and inspiration to me...he was like family. I learned very much of my coin magic because of Woody...I don't know if that is a curse or a blessing, but I can never thank him enough for it! Rest in Peace my brother, and say hi to the gang upstairs for all of us!!!

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I hope that Woody's magic, kindness, and finesse will live on forever.

He was a cool cat.

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This is a terrible tragedy, and a huge loss for Magic. Woody was a tremendous encouragement to me and helped me and many, many others grow as a performer. I will miss his humor, his subtle skills, his love of coins and most of all his genuine kindness.
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This is from Betty Rexine in Laurel, Maryland:

"Woody Landers was a World Class Magician, one of ten I have known. Magic was his life!

"He was a small man with a BIG heart and a HUGE talent. He was a patient teacher and a mentor to the young and young-at-heart.

"Woody and I went to so many magic conventions together that we became good friends. He was my escort at the big IBM and SAM conventions and always looked out for me. A real Southern gentleman.

"When my husband Jim visited a magic conference I could always find him - you could hear him and Woody laughing together a block away!

"His favorite times at conventions were in the evenings after hours, when he would hold court in the hotel bar, amazing all with his talent and skill.

"Merrill Snyder and I would get a big table in the hotel restaurant into the wee hours, and afterwards Paul Cummins would get Woody safely to his room. That's the real draw of the conventions; the time to socialize, see old friends and make new ones. (where are you, Dr. Ed from EERIE?) We would scandalize the formal dinners because we laughed until we cried!

"That's how I will remember Woody Landers, and his legacy is that everyone who knew him will remember him. I loved him and I will miss him terribly, and so will all who knew him." - Betty Rexine
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For those of you who were fortunate enough to have known Woody, the following is his obituary which will appear in the Richmond papers tomorrow:

Roger "Woody" Landers passed away tragically Monday, May 14th, 2007. He is survived by two brothers, Thomas M. Landers, Richard N. Landers and wife Anne Marie Landers; one sister, Mary L. Taylor and husband Robert P. Taylor; three children, Mindy L. Sawyer and husband Seldon, Wade C. Landers and wife Edwina, Tami S. Landers and husband Kevin White; three grandchildren, Sydni, Averi, Megan, and one great-grandchild, Kylie and a host of nieces and a nephew. He is pre-deceased by his mother and father, Maurice and Ursula Landers and his twin brother George Cauley Landers.
Woody was a master magician and for many years was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He had an enthusiastic fascination with magic for which he served for over 50 years. He was a charter member of the Society of American Magicians Williamsburg Assembly. His specialty was eye-popping sleight of hand, and Woody lectured at many magicians' societies, clubs and conventions. Amateurs and technically-skilled alike sought him out for advice and intructions. If you sincerely loved the art of magic, you became Woody's friend. The magical fingers are now still, but the man and his wonderful talents will never be forgotten.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 18th, 2007 at Mount Calvary Cemetery, 1400 S. Randolph St., Richmond, VA, 23220.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to one's favorite charity.
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For those of you who didn't know Woody, you missed one of the best. Woody was a true magician's magician. He could take most any close up trick and perform it better than the person who invented it. He made the difficult look easy and he had a good time doing it.
More than his incredible skill at magic, he was a truly fun and sharing person. The number of magicians that Woody shared secrets and techniques with is huge. He was always willing to help and teach and share his vast knowledge and skill.
I had a lot of fun times with Woody over the years and will greatly miss him. Woody's passing is a sad loss for the world of magic.
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On 2007-05-17 21:42, Roger Sherman wrote:
For those of you who didn't know Woody, you missed one of the best.


Sounds like he was a wonderful, warm, and generous man. I wasn't lucky enough to have made his acquaintance. Very best wishes to all who knew him. Take care.

Laurie
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A couple of Woody Landers anecdotes: At one of the many East Coast magic conventions that Woody attended, Del Ray watched as Woody held a deck of cards a few inches above the table. The cards dribbled down onto the table top, and suddenly an ace shot out from the falling cards. The remaining three aces appeared the same way. Del shook his head in disbelief and said, "Woody, you'll have to teach me that!"

As Roger Sherman noted in his post, Woody could often do a trick better than its creator. I never saw Alex Elmsley perform, but on several occasions I saw Woody present Fate's Datebook and _every time_ the selected card was the one written on the spectator's birthday in a pocket calendar.

But without doubt Woody's signature effect was the legendary Incredihands. Nothing anyone ever did or ever will do could surpass Woody's Incredihands.
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Woody was my favorite convention goer.
I never went to a convention that he was not at,
and I never failed to learn something from him
everytime I was with him. I have known him since
1973. I always told him how much I dug him and what a
treasure he was.

Always tell those who help you how much you appreciate them.

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I NEVER MET WOODY , BUT I WISH I HAD SORRY TO HEAR OF THIS BAND NEWS

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He was a great guy. He will be missed.
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