Bob Read (UK) Has Just Died
from Todd Karr
sad to be the bearer of bad news. Bob Read died today of a
heart attack while vacationing in California with his wife
Tuesday, I had the pleasure of driving he and Pauline around
LA, visiting John Gaughan, Max Maven, and Carl Ballantine.
He had a marvelous time and was looking forward to continuing
his visit in the US.
was a superb performer, a master of misdirection, an achingly
funny humorist, a great writer, and the world's top authority
on the history of the Cups and Balls as depicted in prints
had the honor of collaborating with Bob on The Annals of Conjuring
in 2001. His humorous essays on the mysterious magic historian
Arthur Watson and magic items in The Spectator were brilliant
scholarship and fine humor mixed together.
had just lectured at the LA Conference on Magic History and
all attendees are, I'm sure, grateful to have had a few last
moments with this extraordinary man.
and best wishes to Pauline, his partner of three decades.
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