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StevePR104

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Folks, as some of you know, Howie Schwarzman is now living in assisted living in Baltimore. Physically, he's fine and he's in good spirits, but his memory has declined dramatically.

I have purchased Howie's collection. It's going to be auctioned off by Haversat and Ewing, with the net proceeds going to establish a scholarship for young magicians in Howie's honor.

My thinking is simple: Howie didn't publish a lot of things during his active years, so younger magicians may not understand the high regard in which he was held. It's my hope that the scholarship will last for at least 20 years, which will prolong the awareness of just how darned good he was.

The online auction will be held the week after this year's 4F. Please keep this one on your calendar. There's an incredible amount of really cool stuff to be had.

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That's a great memorial to Howie - thanks for setting it up Steve.
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Robin, it's my honour.  (BTW, he's still alive!)
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Such a lovely way to honor him! His magic was never appreciated as it should have been...mostly because he is far too humble!
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Um, Howie has been many things throughout his life.  "Humble" is not one of them.  [smile]
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Ive met Howie a bunch of times.  Brilliant, sometimes a little intimidating.  But no, not humble.  
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I've met Howie a number of times and he was a great guy.  Lots of great stories.  Steve, wasn't Howie a cohort of Thompson?  I thought he had all the notebooks and they burned in a fire? Could have that all wrong.  At an early Hank Lee convention, Howie flew up in his twin engine.  Early Saturday morning, I was with a couple of people talking to Tom Mullica, when he announced that Howie was going to give him a ride.  Having spent years around airports, when I looked out the
window and saw a heavy wind blowing up, I mentioned to Tom, might not be the best day to go up, but he said Howie knew what he was doing.  A while later, Tom shows back up, a little white, and tells me I should have tackled him and not let him go.  I guess it was a very bumpy flight, with a scary landing...
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Howie knew Frank very well, but the "keeper of the flame" for Frank is a fellow named Peter Galinskas, who's an underground guy.  As for the fire, I can't speak to that.

As for Howie's plane, it was said that if you flew with Howie, you were automatically inducted into the "Order of the Soiled Diaper."  However, Howie took his piloting very very very seriously, more seriously than he may have taken anything else.  I've been told by more than one person that when he was going through his pre-flight checklist, he told his passenger to shut up so that he could concentrate on making sure everything was precisely correct.
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Used to love Howie demo his items at a convention TomG and I used to go to. He used to have items for sale no one else had. Along with Al Cohen I could watch them demo items all day.
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Used to love Howie demo his items at a convention TomG and I used to go to. He used to have items for sale no one else had. Along with Al Cohen I could watch them demo items all day.


Aw man, I don't want to sidetrack this thread, but I lived in Alexandria, Virginia for a year and visited Al's shop as often as possible. Both he and Mike Hummer were excellent demonstrators, but I'm with you, I could watch Al for hours without losing interest. 

Ran into Mike at a convention a few months back. He said Al was hanging in there. That was good to hear.

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Sorry to hear about your friends health issues...  I am glad he has you guys to help and support him (and others!)

BTW he looks like he could play the part of a grand wizard and master magi to the T! He sounds like quite the character!

On a side note...

My step dad was a airplane mechanic and he'd take me up and neglect to tell me it was on planes he was "testing".  I thought about bailing more then once!
After I barfed in his hat he stopped taking me up. True story... He once crash landed at a paramedics picnic!  LOL

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Met Howie at 4F. Great guy very talented and creative. Broke out playing piano when he saw it in the lobby. Never forget.
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Howie was a real raconteur, a Renaissance man. He was a pilot, an excellent piano player and a very talented sleight of hand magician. His classic pass is legendary. I've seen Howie in his prime. He was great.

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