I opened my computer to my blog spot and the above title appeared. Indeed 2015 can arguably be known as (at least one of) my best years … Successful stints California, the UK, Amsterdam and back to California.Travels with my son were challenging and rewarding.
Then 2016 charged out of the gate with a vengeance and turned into a real rollercoaster with lots of ups and downs.
Mortality or the awareness of it, has become a constant companion since January. When people who were born in the same year as me start to fall, it gives one pause. Early in January it started. Alan Rickman and David Bowie died with in the week of each other… they were both born in 1947. ding!.
That broke things loose and then it seemed several times a week someone else would be ‘leaving the party’.
I know people die every day .. lots of them… but I don’t know their names…
I know too many of their names this year.
A dozen magic icons, pals from around the world have also died too soon. Couple those names with some well known dear local friends and it made me paranoid to pick up the newspaper for fear someone else I knew died.
Then Alison, the mother of my kids, went in for a colonoscopy on the 10th of March and died from a number of contributing factors on the 30th! Her passing was not totally unexpected but it was sudden and merciful for all. She passed through the veils to the sounds of our old pal John Denver singing two of our favorite songs.
Reflecting on life, family, grandkids, magic and legacy seems to be taking up most of my time these days.
Thanks for looking in. Feel free to pass this site and blog around to other folks who know me and are interested in what I am up to.
Since the Tower shut down in April 2004, I have been writing a book about the Tower and my thoughts about Magic Bar and life. This is an introduction to this book. I am spot lighting several sections of the book here.
Your comments are more than welcome, they are encouraged.
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I thought I posted this last spring.. apparently not. Better late than never.
One of the favorite posters we had hanging in the house as the kids grew up was a poster that listed the names of groups of things… A flock of geese, a clowder of cats, a murder of crows. We delighted over the phrases.. some of the better ones, a business of ferrets.. a waddle of penguins. pandemonium of parrots, lounge of lizards and my favorite, a flamboyance of flamingos.
Another one of my favorites is ‘an embarrassment of riches’.
I was working for a good pal and we always enjoyed our time after the show or event. We would relax and talk about kids, life and other pertinent things. At one point in our conversation he said something that stopped me. He said, “Doc, you have a ‘wealth of friends'”. I hadn’t ever thought of a collective noun for such a thing. But I thought at that moment what an apt description. If wealth is measured by dollars… well, I don’t stack up very well. But if it’s about friends then I am indeed a rich man.
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All of my kids have given me so many gifts! But not gifts in the traditional 'unwrap objects' gifts.
I have always loved summers. My birthday is smack dab in the middle of summer. 22 July.. Cusp of Cancer and Leo. Vacations to the ocean or my dad’s home town. Summers are great.
This summer was fabulous. It marked many milestones in my life. The most important one was my oldest child, Mack, was married. Though a civil ceremony in Santa Barbara was the ‘official’ wedding, they planned a reception in Mindy’s home town of Rochester NY. with Mindy’s family and network of lifelong friends. Through a wonderful chain of events I was able to be there for the occasion.
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Ya know when you are young? You can’t wait to be 16 because you can get a driver’s license.
18, you can vote.
21, now! you can drink (legally). Wow..
then for a long time there are no ‘milestone’ birthdays,
except for the depressing 30,
or a startling 40,
the big five-oh,
the ‘let’s not make too big a deal, ok?” 60.
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Dateline Early April Basalt Colorado
This is the Press Release from the latest wonderful thing that happened..
Doc Eason was just named Best Closeup Magician in a Reader’s Choice poll awards at about.com.
The Readers’ Choice Awards highlights the best products, features, and services across a wide variety of topics. This year the Readers’ Choice Awards showcases the best in hundreds of categories across most of About.com’s channels, from technology to hobbies to sports. It is an international internet based site.
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Just before the Tower shut its doors for good on April 10 2004, I had a crew come in and film one last performance. This footage came from a a regular night at the Tower. We had 2 cameras, and talented operators. That is a big part of the formula for video. I was feeling pretty good that night, another part of the equation. The ‘wild card’ to this whole video thing is the audience. Without hiring professional actors, we didn’t have much control of how lively they’ll be.
This night…a random night in the winter…I was blessed by having a STELLAR and stunning trio of beautiful women in the front row. Of the three beauties, only Mia is a local, who I see now and then. But the other two, cute and perky Sandy and the ravishingly beautiful Alicia with her beguiling eyes…. just happened to be there.
Here is the strange thing though, I had never seen them -ever -before. I never saw them again that week nor have I seen them since! That’s kind of bizzare.
They added a lot of vitality to the group…I couldn’t have hired a better audience.
Maybe the stars were in alignment…maybe I just got lucky… who knows… but this piece comes as close to capturing the vibe of the Tower as any piece of video. It is also a lovely look back at the legendary place. Those were the days, my friends, those were the days…
click on this link… I can’t figure out how to make the YouTUbe thing appear here without having to click on it…
Angels in the front row.