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procy
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Hi,

I am currently researching for a show magicians who died whilst performing their art and who have an interesting story to tell...

So far I have the obvious ones The Great Lafayette and Chung Ling Soo...

Any other suggestions would be greatly welcomed.

Many thanks,

Simon
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Tommy Cooper.
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Thankyou John, Yes sorry forgot to add that name to the list already! How can I forget Tommy Cooper Smile

Definately that was all on my current list!!
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I forgot to add that there was this guy who did escapes, a long time ago, about 28 years or so.

He had someone dig a hole, (like a grave), and he was placed into a clear plastic coffin.

They dumped concrete in on top of him and of course the coffin caved in and it crushed and suffocated him.

Not a smart thing to do.
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Great thanks Jim, will look Arturo Ascanio up, the name is familiar.

Yes remember reading once about the guy and the concrete, really not the best thing to do!!! Will do some searching for the name.

Thanks

Simon
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This will give you several just on the one trick...

http://www.qualitymagicbooks.com/allmagi......y-white/
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Thanks Michael, that looks like a great book, going to look out for a copy.

Simon Smile
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Washington Irving Bishop was a mentalist who collapsed while performing on May 12, 1889 and died shortly afterward:

http://geniimagazine.com/wiki/index.php?......g_Bishop

The circumstances surrounding his death were controversial. Bishop was given an autopsy shortly after his collapse since he appeared dead. His mother insisted that he had merely fallen into a deep catalepsy as had happened on previous occasions. There was supposed to be a note in his pocket explaining this but it was never found.
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Fantastic thanks Leo, never heard of this guy and his story sounds fascinating. Will get researching and thanks for the link Smile
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Dr. Jacob Daley died not during a performance but shortly after having finished his set. Quote from Magicpedia: "He died suddenly following a luncheon show before the Art Directors Club, in New York where he had just finished performing a version of Vernon's The Travelers and his Cavorting Aces."
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Duke Stern dropped dead at a magic convention.
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Karrell Fox, also.
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I never knew magic conventions could be so dangerous!!

Thanks Uli I didn't realise Dr Daley died after a performance, great thanks ks Smile
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Pop Haydn mentions something in his Penguin magic lecture about a magician who performed at the magic castle and passed away immediately afterwards, sitting in an audience chair I think.......

I'm going to watch the lecture agin so if I find out more I'll let you know.

Pretty sure that's where I heard the story.
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In this months issue of Genii, John Gaughan, in his Chamber of Secrets column discusses a a rising card effect from the massive magic collection of Swiss magician Adolph Blinde. Blinde died of a heart attack while performing a charity function in 1925.
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On Aug 3, 2016, DaleTrueman wrote:
Pop Haydn mentions something in his Penguin magic lecture about a magician who performed at the magic castle and passed away immediately afterwards, sitting in an audience chair I think.......

I'm going to watch the lecture agin so if I find out more I'll let you know.

Pretty sure that's where I heard the story.


That would be Chris Michaels who passed away in the Parlor.
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On Jun 5, 2016, Jim Oliver wrote:
I forgot to add that there was this guy who did escapes, a long time ago, about 28 years or so.

He had someone dig a hole, (like a grave), and he was placed into a clear plastic coffin.

They dumped concrete in on top of him and of course the coffin caved in and it crushed and suffocated him.

Not a smart thing to do.


This was a friend of a friend of mine. Joseph Burrus.

http://articles.latimes.com/1990-11-01/e......t-cement

They still won't let magicians perform at the Blackbeards I hear, and it actually set back magicians in Fresno for some time according to those that were working at the time.
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Speaking of The Great Lafayette...Have any of you seen the glittering photograph of him in bed next to his canine companion, Beauty? It's in Jim Steinmeyer's fun read in depth book, "The Glorious Deception - The Double Life of William Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo the Marvelous Chinese Conjurer". In it is a chapter about Lafayette the magician. The swagged and bejeweled bedroom photo appears a chapter or two later.
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