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Topic: Fred 'the Great Scott' Donaldson
Message: Posted by: rikbrooks (Jan 24, 2005 10:11PM)
Judy Donaldson asked that the following notice be distributed to those in the magic

Fred "The Great Scott" Donaldson died peacefully Monday, January 24, 2005,
at 3:00 pm, at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, where he was being treated
for congestive heart failure.

The family prefers-in keeping with Fred's wishes--not to have a funeral or
other formal ceremony. Those who want to do something tangible can make a
donation in his name to the Travis Audubon Society, PO Box 40787, Austin,
Texas 78704.

Fred was truly the Grand Old Wizard of Central Texas, inspiring countless
people with his knowledge of and respect for the art of magic.
On a personal note Fred was my mentor. He gave me confidence. I was telling him that I got applause when I performed Lite Flite and he told me, "Now you are a magician. That's all the diploma you need. When you get spontaneous applause after you do a trick you are forever more a magician. YOU are a p*ss-poor magician, but you have the rest of your life to become a good one."

Then he sold me an Invisible Deck.

I'll miss him.