The following are the obituaries which have been reported to the I.B.M. Headquarters since October 1, 2010. This list, with some photos, will appear in the November issue of The Linking Ring. It will be available to view in digital form or to download, on November first. We provide this list early as a service to the relatives and friends of these magicians, who brought joy and laughter to so many people during their lifetimes.
Here is the Broken Wand, as of September 20, 2010. It will be published in the October issue of The Linking Ring.
JC Wagner's battle with
cancer comes to an end
By Bobby Warren
Nearly nine months after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor, J.C. Wagner's battle with colon cancer ended. The beloved bar magician died Aug. 15, 2010.
A simple announcement about Wagner's death was posted on a page on the magician's website designed to keep friends updated about his health. It read, "We are sad to announce that JC Wagner died peacefully this evening at 7:11 PM with his family in attenance."
Magicians were visting Wagner's website before his death and leaving him messages in his online guestbook. Among them was Michael Finney. About 16 hours before Wagner died, Finney wrote his old friend, "Dear JC, What would I have done without you at Magic Island, Man we had some great times, When ever you were around, everybody had a good time, I love you J C Wagner. Thanks for everything!"
News about Wagner's death spread quickly over the Internet and Facebook.
Please help us to post deaths in a timely manner.
The Broken Wand section of the IBM Portal and The Linking Ring is: (1) to pay tribute to magicians who have died, (2) to notify friends of the deaths, and (3) to archive those obituaries for historical purposes. People honored do not need to be I.B.M. members.
Illusionist Jerry Conklin dies at 82
The Sturgis Journal reports Jerry Conklin, 82, a longtime illusionist in Colon, Mich., died Monday, March 29. He had been a resident of the Magic Capital since 1966.
Conklin, his wife, Shirley, and their children, Mike and Cindy, traveled throughout the United States and Canada performing a show of illusions.