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To "echo" a post about another great one no longer with us, I post this, to remember him as well. Taken from Wikipedia: 

Bob Cassidy
Born Robert Cassidy
June 23, 1949 (age 68)
Kearny, NJ, USA
Died 24 February 2017
Cause of death lung cancer and kidney cancer
Nationality American
Alma mater Montclair State University
Occupation Mentalist, Speaker, Author

Bob Cassidy (b. 1949, Kearny, New Jersey - 24 February 2017) was an American mentalist, speaker and author of several books widely regarded as classics in the field, including The Art of Mentalism (1983), The Principia Mentalia (1994), and The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy (2004). In 1978 Cassidy, and fellow mentalists Tony Raven, Scott Gordon, Mary Lynn, and Dian Buehlmeier, founded the Psychic Entertainers Association, which has since become mentalism's primary international professional society.

His death was "overshadowed" by Daryl's death a year ago... 

RIP Bob...


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Thanks for that reminder, Luigimar.  I never met Bob, but used to enjoy his online comments and insights on mentalism.  Once he and I started a PM discussion on the green forum regarding a routine idea he had which would integrate music.  It was a fascinating and intriguing concept, based on a premise from an old black and white movie he referred me to.  Unfortunately, as we all know, Bob left us, and thus that potential effect will never see fruition.


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I just wished he didn't post at the green slime pit as much as he did. Other than that I loved Dr. Bob's  views on mentalism.. His book The Artful Mentalism Of Bob Cassidy was a big turn around for me, as far as being a mentalist, and even being a performer.

We shared a lot of viewpoints in content and theory, and it's one book I would never sell.

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I mentioned this date some days ago as an aside on another thread and, Louis, I really appreciated that you started this thread!

His two big books are really insightful and they really breath thoughts of a working pro, and I, too, would never sell them. Always a pleasure to pick them up and just to open and to read.

If I need to be cheered up there two (or maybe three) scenarios from magic videos that I recall and instantly have to smile...one is Cassidy´s performance of, I don´t know for sure, Chronologue, his dairy effect on Mental Miracles. It is about coincidences. It´s a live performance for real audience. He has someone to name any date...she says April 20th...someone from the other side shouts: That´s my birthday...Cassidy: "It´s your birthday? Really?! What a marvellous coincidence! Isn´t that amazing? Shut up!"...Smiles and proceeds with his performance....I really like that.

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Haha!  Love that story, Axel.  Thanks for sharing it.

 I don’t know if you guys know this, but Bob was a competent guitarist and violinist.  He and I talked many times online about our musical tastes, often sharing videos of our favorite jazz or rock recordings, and discussing concerts we had attended.  I’m proud to say he admitted he was a big fan of my music.

 Bob and I also had a lengthy back-and-forth PM discussion about me putting together a lecture on the use of music for mentalists and bizarre magic presentations.  He was happy to give me advice, and thought I would do well with such a lecture at Mindvention.  

 We also shared a love of film music, in particular the fabulous musical scores Bernard Herrmann wrote for many of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movies.

 Bob also gave me legal advice on more than one occasion.

 Altogether a very nice man (who unfortunately drank too much), with a tremendously creative brain and a generous spirit.



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Axel,

I love Chronologue! I use a Negative Question to find out if the date is odd or even. I look up and say.." It's not an odd date is it ? If no I say.." That's what I thought..". If it's yes, I say " that's what I was thinking ". I got that line from The Dance book by Brad Henderson..you cant lose lol.

Plus, you get to tell the spectator how a deck of cards is in a way like a calender, with is always interesting.

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