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I just saw this. Really sad to hear as Dick and I were good friends. He helped me a lot over the years giving me advice, sending me notes.

I'll miss him tremendously.

Down the road Dick!
Magic is the bacon in the breakfast of life.


God bless you and have a magical day
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I've only just now happened across this thread by chance and learnt of Dick's passing. How terribly, terribly sad.

Dick was one of the first people to engage with me on this forum. He was very helpful and kind to me and he even sent me a letter containing a photocopied excerpt from his book, detailing his excellent Card To Pocket routine. He flatly refused any payment, even to cover postage, because in his words "it's a small price to pay for people to say nice things about me!". The letter, in its original envelope complete with "rabbit out of a hat" postage stamp and "Dick Oslund, Magician" rubber stamp, has stood proudly on display on my magic shelf since I received it. I shall now treasure it even more.

I didn't know you for very long, Dick, but thanks. You made a big impression on me and I'll never forget you.

Bon Voyage, friend.

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On Mar 25th, 2019, Dick Oslund wrote:
Hi ,Thanks for your good thoughts! I picked up that "handling" of the pull, from a Circus sideshow magician in 1945. I've fooled many magicians with it since, and sold hundreds of pulls at $5, too!

Yup! It has been a wonderfilled life!


On Mar 25th, 2019, Mb217 wrote:
I always wanted to join the circus. Smile That you learned a wonderful use for the "pull" from a magician there is just right in line with all the magical things that life has shown you. It takes great and lasting courage to go through life so forthrightly, but only if you do it just that way does it reveal its greatest secrets...That's the magic of it all. Smile That reminds me again of something Cyrano De Bergerac said upon being accosted by some pompous musketeer as to his large nose, wrinkled clothes and low rank...

“I carry my adornments on my soul,” responded Cyrano. “I do not dress up like a popinjay; but inwardly, I keep my daintiness. I do not bear with me, by any chance, an insult not yet washed away—a conscience yellow with unpurged bile—an honor frayed to rags, a set of scruples badly worn. I go caparisoned in gems unseen—no figure of a man, but a soul clothed in shining armor, hung with deeds for decorations....And swinging at my side, Courage!”


I am just hearing this but just as saddened as if I had heard it earlier here. 😔 Dick was a treasured Café friend here over the years, and we would communicate often. Always enjoyed hearing of his great times in magic. He knew everyone and mastered all sorts of magic. I was humbled that he enjoyed my magic, I certainly enjoyed his. Just to hear him tell stories of his times on the road, I was mesmerized. He was around magic and contributed to it in a big way. He was no-nonsense and was a real practitioner that didn't ascribe to over-thinking this stuff or getting caught up too much in the weeds. He was much more a doer and quite well-respected for it. I certainly had great respect for him and knew to listen rather than talk too much when he was laying down the history of this & that as he had lived and experienced it.

In our last communication in August he spoke happily of remission. This PM above and my response is one of the last ones I have from him, but for a few more over the months to come then. He was going through some stuff but in good spirits as he was always looking forward to getting better. My response back to him as to Cyrano was really about a "life well lived" and "courage" as to this part of his journey. And what a life he lived. Glad he shared some special moments with me here, sometimes short, sometimes long, but I appreciated every conversation, tutelage and critique on this & that as to magic and life. I certainly will miss him, as I miss another wonderful magician, creator and friend, Steve Dusheck. So happy these gentlemen saw something enough in me to share some of their time with me for years & years, moments at a time. 🎩

Good journey onward to you my friend, you old SNEAKY, UNDERHANDED, DEVIOUS,& SURREPTITIOUS ITINERANT MOUNTEBANK. 😊 You were more than just a member of the Inner Circle here, you were the Inner Circle. Thank you always for coming my way sir...for coming our way here. 🙏🏽
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