The Magic Graveyard Book
Why would magicians, whose careers spanned the globe, want to be laid to rest in a tiny cemetery in a small farming town in southwest Michigan?
A clown, a pickpocket and an automotive magazine editor show up in a cemetery…They were dying to get there! (add rim shot)
The Magic Graveyard reveals the stories and buried secrets of the entertainers who have chosen this resting place to perform their final vanishing act.
Magician Al The Only shows you the bare bones to a self-guided tour of Lakeside Cemetery. It has the most magicians interred in one place anywhere in the world. Read the stories buried in these pages of their colorful careers. From the year 1942 to the present experience the histories engraved in stone. This book has lots of plots portraying their illustrious lives.
These people have something in common! A Vaudevillian, a Playbill Poster Posterer, a Metal Worker, a Magician, a Steel Worker, a Blind Man, a Juggler, a Sales Rep, a Farm Boy, an Orchestra Leader (Big Band Leader), a Banjo Player, a Factory Owner, a Milkman, a Photographer, an Automotive Magazine Editor, a Collector, a Newsman, a Clown, Military Veterans (of World War I, World War II, and Vietnam), a TV Personality, a Pickpocket, a Barber Beauty Supply Salesman, a Minister, an Eagle Scout, a Circus Performer, a Bolt Manufacturer, a Recluse, a Drummer and an Advertising Executive ALL did magic as a hobby, a sideline or as a profession; and their stories can be found in the pages of The Magic Graveyard.
The stories come to life; each chapter is a brief biography; read about Skippy LaMore, Ted Banks (Edward Coppin), Jesse Thornton, Harry Blackstone, Sr., Peter Bouton, Jack Gwynne, Duke Stern, Fred Merrill, Bill Baird, Recil Bordner, Monk Watson, Inez Blackstone Kitchen, Glenn Babbs, Vince Fabek, Little Johnny Jones, Bob Lund, Harry Blackstone, Jr., Karrell Fox, Don Alan, Ricki Dunn, Jack Rench, Marx Straw, John Booth, Jack Barrows, Roy Huston, Jerry Conklin, Hank Moorehouse, David Bendix and Phil Willmarth. There’s even a chapter on where Percy Abbott may be buried.
Learn why stones and coins are left on gravestones. Discover the history of Lakeside Cemetery and why people make a yearly pilgrimage to there.
Included are poems by Karrell Fox “The Heavenly Magic Show” and Jack Barrows’ “If You Believe.”
The 2nd Edition of The Magic Graveyard is now available. This 260-page coffee table book with over 100 photos, tells the stories of 29 fascinating magicians. Stories, anecdotes, historical facts and lighthearted commentary make The Magic Graveyard a fun read.
Authored by Al The Only
Edited by Lori Ulman and Steve Zieman
Foreword by Gay Blackstone
Epilogue by Tom Mullica
Featured articles by Johnny Thompson, Norm Nielsen and Gabe Fajuri
Cover art by graphic artist Colton Ames and magicians Chris Blackmore and John Shyrock
Welcome to The Magic Graveyard.