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Another great one has passed away... 

John Mendoza has died (it was announced today but it seems it happened earlier in the week). In his FB page someone mentioned cancer... 

Probably some members here don't know who he was, since he wasn't well known outside his close friends or people who bought his books, notes and effects starting in the 70s. Just recently I was planning to take out his DVD set I have and learn an effect by him. Now I must do it to honor him. I never met him and I liked his magic.

RIP John...

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I am saddened to hear this news. I spent a lot of time with John and consider myself a fan of his. I hadn't seen him in years and lost touch with what he was even doing. Last I heard he was selling rare or sought-after effects.

Thanks Luigimar, for letting us know.
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Here is what one of his many friends said on Facebook... 

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Sad. Condolences to those who feel the loss.
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John was a creative force. He'll be missed.

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I got to appear with him, Paul R. Wilson, Jason England and Suzanne in a close-up set at a magic convention.  RIP, John.


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I wish I could have met him. I've watched his cups and balls video dozens of times. What a master. RIP.
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Oh man, that is really sad!

He toured through Germany in the ´80 and left quite an impression here and my favourite dealer got the rights to translate his book so it was possible for me to learn from them (had no touch with the English language at that time...was quite young...) and he belongs to the three or four authors and performers that open the doors for me to modern magic! I frequently do some of his routines (just got my hands on a Interlude II Set and looking for the somewhat "extra" to be able to perform his routine)
...great thinker with a great hand for routining!

He will be greatly missed! Condolences to his family and friends!

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John had a heavy influence on close-up magic in the 70's. The Book of John contains routines that are still good today. His cup and ball routine for the chop set is still the standard. I will never forget watching his coins thru the table and then him pulling out that giant drill bit from the coin purse. 
John - you will be missed. RIP
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For those that didn't know John but have only seen videos of him, you missed out on the "real" John.  Back in the day, when new effects or books were released there was little available to base your purchase on except for the ad copy.  Usually the items were described in glowing terms as the latest, greatest, etc.  John was a pioneer of sorts in the category of independent reviews.  He didn't have a dog in the fight except a desire to be honest.  John realized that some books contained a lot of "pipe dreams", tricks that read great but suffered in performance.  Many weren't "audience tested" or fully fleshed out.  In the process, John created some enemies, but that didn't dissuade him from continuing to honestly and objectively describe the things he reviewed.

John was proud of his books.  His 'The Book of John' was among my first "serious" books on magic.  I mean hardcore stuff.  It, along with some of Alton Sharpe's books, helped for my foundation in card magic.  It was where I first was exposed to Ed Marlo's works.  Every trick in John's first book was a "worker" and all had been done in public for countless audiences.  To John, that was the acid test.  Could it pass muster in front of a paying audience and both fool and entertain.

One funny conversation I had with John came back when he had taken over 'The Magic Den' from Gene DeVoe.  it was a Saturday, probably late morning and Chris Kenner and I were both at the shop.  Chris and John at that time were inseparable.  Anyway, they were laughing about something and I asked what was so funny.  Turns out John had written a school paper for Chris and the teacher gave it a 'C'.  That peeved John, because he had written several books by that time and he thought the paper should have garnered an 'A' for Chris.  John didn't suffer kids all that well and because about half of the shop was novelties and such, kids would stop in after school to "window shop" and it drove John crazy.  I'm not sure how long the shop remained open, but it eventually shuttered for good.  

I consider John a mentor.  He wasn't an extrovert by any means, but when you got to know him, he was a lot of fun.  He had a passion for good magic and wasn't afraid to call out the pretenders.

May he rest in peace.
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I had the pleasure of seeing John lecture and perform a few times. He was a real inspiration to me. His magic was excellent and John was very approachable. May he R.I.P. Magic will miss him as I will.
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"Magicking," one of the members of Genii Forum, let us know about a touching tribute for Mr. Mendoza by Kenton Knepper on Facebook.
I was delighted to read it, as I didn't know much about Mr. Mendoza.
Please, have a look:

 https://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=52829

 

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Thanks for sharing that Paco. I enjoyed it very much!
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Ray, you're always a very grateful person : - )
All my pleasure!

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