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Bill Wilson
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Two or three weeks ago I found an item which I could use in my platform act which is from a manufacturer in Chicago who does not cater to the magic community. This firm makes and sells fake food, drink and things related. Anyway after speaking to the order clerk for a time I had a question she was unsure of so she passed me on to her boss. Her boss was also the manager and probably the owner.

I mentioned as I was speaking to her I was a magician. She said, `she had a soft spot for magicians, as her grandfather was also a magician`. I didn`t think much of it, until she told me her granddad was none other then Senator Clarke Crandall. I almost fell off my chair. There are eleven million people in the U.S., what are the chances. She asked if I had ever heard of him. Being the age I am, well of course I`ve heard of him. I say this, because, sometime before this she had spoken to another magician, who she estimated to be around thirty years old and the fella had never heard of him.

Anyway we spoke for some time about magic and her grandfather. She was very nice and wanted to know more about him. I mentioned that he was on the cover of a rather popular magic magaizine called Genii. She did not know of the magazine but she wasn`t surprised as she was well aware of her grandfather`s notoriety.

Anyway I emailed her with attachments of the seven pages (including their covers) I had from the two different issues of Genii from the early seventies. She appreciated all of this very much. She also asked me to forward anything else I could come up with.

Anyway, I have nothing more I can forward on to her. If anyone else has something of interest I am sure she would love it. The company name is Barnard Ltd. out of Chicago. Her personal email address (I am sure she would not mind) is june@barnardltd.com
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Just reread what I had typed, I guess there might be more then eleven million people in the U.S.
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About 300 million.
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Theres a inscribed photo of him coming up next week in the latest Potter auction.
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Crandal wrote a series of hilarious columns in the Tops Magazine.
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He certainly did!

I also occasionally perform a version of his one-handed six card repeat - "The Passing of Six Cards Through a Solid Silver Salver Into a Beautiful Burnished Bowl!"

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The Senator was truly one of a kind, never to be duplicated. I loved watching him work and reading his columns in the old TOPS. Sure miss him.
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Have heard and read about him but never gotten to see him perform, untill I received the Don Alan Magic Ranch
dvd`s last week.He was a guest on the show and performed the one trick I had read about in Tarbell course & wished I could have seen him perform it; the six card repeat. What a thrill!
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I'm sure that most here know that Clarke Crandall was not actually a senator of any kind. Can anyone tell me how he got the nickname?

I do know the answer to this one.
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Centaur.

Best,

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Yep. One of the ladies told him he was a regular Centaur, but evidently mispronounced it.
"The Swatter"

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And that tail is not hay, eh?
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He looked like an old time Senator from the South. I think he used to say "I'm a Senator and you can kiss my congress."
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Reminds me of antoher coincedence. Mike Caldwell flew from L.A. to NYC and hailed a taxi. He chatted with the driver and mentioned he was in town to do his magic act on a TV show.

The driver then said, "My brother lives in L.A. and he's a magician. Ever hear of him? His name is Albert Goshman."
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Wow, sure seems like a small world sometimes.
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