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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?
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Jimmy Talksalot is pretty good friends with him. I'll bet he'd know.
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I like your avatar, by the way, looks like a very stylized Al Flosso. I love that style of cartooning.
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Thank you! I drew it to how what I will look like as an old man magician. I love stylized and retro cartooning.
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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.
(NÖ!,.. HE is not living in my barn!,.. snowden.)

keeping an ear to the ground,
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Stick to smashing watermelons, your story telling can use some work!
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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 Smile
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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
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We're going to need an address Gallagher.
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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.

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Maybe a magic magazine has an article about Sonny in it.
Anybody know about this and can state the magazine issue etc.
The presentation makes the magic.
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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.
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I saw him just yesterday performing at the head of Rittenhouse Square. He said that he was coming off of a three month break.
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Thanks for the update!
The presentation makes the magic.
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Radical!
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Hey all,

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

Is he still around performing?


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I think he got himself into some trouble......
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On May 19, 2019, Kozmo wrote:
I think he got himself into some trouble......


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/......8963002/
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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.
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