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StevePR104

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Roy Walton has passed at age 87.

Let's be sad because we have lost a giant.  Let's smile because we had the chance to know and learn from him.

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Amen!
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Sad day for magic... RIP Roy Walton!



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A giant. No hyperbole. A giant. RIP Roy Walton.

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Believe it or not, ten seconds before finding this thread I was thinking that I have to look in his books again because I had much fun with some of his tricks in the past and want to relearn them!
Man, what a loss, I am really sad, he accompanied my whole magic life!

Thank you for giving so much and R.I.P.

And thank you Steve for posting this charming photo!

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And in one of the recent threads I just mentioned his Oil and Queens. I hope he knew he was admired all around the world...
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He knew.  But he was an ultimately modest man, and genuinely appreciated the interest people took in him and his work.
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Sad to hear. I was relating a story to my wife about how a friend, decades ago, searched out his books in the UK and brought them back to me in the states. What a wonderful mind he had.
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Smiling Mule, of course, but also the less known The Inconsistent Liar, An Illogical Conclusion, Smokescreen and Kings Go Forth made my military time much easier...

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Wow! I have a similar story! About 25 years ago a friend went to the UK for her first time and I asked her to buy me magic books and she brought me the first edition of Roy's books. I just told her the news and I showed her Roy's picture to see if she remembered him but she doesn't. She doesn't even remember where she bought them. From what I remember I think she bought them directly from Roy. About 3 years ago another friend bought me volume 3 when he went to Magic Live.

I will be practicing Card Warp and Oil and Queens and will perform them in Roy's honor.

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Oh, and I also learned a stay stack effect from his books... I will be performing that as well.
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Sad news and a significant loss. As Anthony said, the man is a giant in the magic world.



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I have always loved the idea of Smiling Mule, but have never been able to get beyond the placement of those passes at the worst possible moments.

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I have always loved the idea of Smiling Mule, but have never been able to get beyond the placement of those passes at the worst possible moments.

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the first pass is the tough one...the second happens when everyone assumes that the bad joke was the payoff to the effect.  And if you gesture toward the spectator when asking him or her to name their favorite card, you focus the attention on them, rather than you for the first one.
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Sad news. One of the greatest magicians ever. A genius. 
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Sad. I'm glad I have his books -- lots of gold there, and will live forever as his legacy.
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One of my favourite card tricks, "Oil and Queens," will keep you immortalised in my mind, Mr. Walton.
Thank you for so great contribution to the Art of Card Magic!
My condolences to his family and friends.

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You are spot on, Steve. Roy has left us, but he has left behind a wonderful legacy of pure art.
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Speaking of his legacy ... this is a bit of an eye-opener for anyone not familiar with Mr. Walton's oeuvre:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Walton
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Maybe it's just me, but I didn't see Mr. Walton's first offering, "The Devil's Playthings," listed.
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My guess is because it was grouped together in The Complete Walton.
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Wow! That's a body of work right there. 

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