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Topic: Saddened by the loss of Nick Tomei
Message: Posted by: Tim Hannig (Oct 14, 2005 11:40AM)
I just got news that Nick Tomei passed away yesterday. I know that I am one of MANY who admired this amazing man.

I got to know Nick about 10 years ago when I did a story on his life and career when I was the newsletter editor for SAM #148 in the Chicago Suburbs.

In recent years, I would call Nick whenever I had a school assembly in his area, and he would often come out and watch the show.

He was extremely kind to me, and always looked as sharp as a tack.

That's one of the great things about magic...that Nick and I developed a friendship even though we were 60 years apart. I am thankful to have known him.
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Oct 14, 2005 02:18PM)
Feel so terrible as I had gotten the address to send him a card after his back injury and had not gotten it done.

I only knew Nick in passing but you could tell how special he was. He loved magic all types.

Message: Posted by: Mark Holstein (Oct 14, 2005 04:13PM)
The magic community has suffered a great loss. Tim is so right on every count. Nick was a perfect gentleman. He inspired me too. A few years ago, Sue nand I appeared on a show with Nick (Nick was 91)and Jay Marshall (Jay was 82). There were other acts too, but with thise two guys, who cared. They stole the show.

Services will be Sunday at:

Wenban Funeral Home Limited
320 Vine Avenue, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-0022
Message: Posted by: Marshall Thornside (Oct 14, 2005 06:41PM)
I just received this from Paul:

III Sheeter Obituary

It is with sadness that I report the passing of long time member, Nick Tomei. Nick was not only a great friend, but also a great magician. He was known as “Mr. Fun”. Visitation will be at the Wenban Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 PM to 7 PM. Their number is 847-234-0022. It is located at 320 E. Vine Avenue in Lake Forest, Illinois. The Funeral will be held Monday October 17 starting at 10 AM at The Church of St. Mary located in Lake Forest at 175 E. Illinois Road. The burial entombment will be at the All Saints Cemetery.


I was on the benefit show with him for his nephew, Adrian, this past March, who isn't doing so well either. And was sitting with him at the table at Alton Sharpes memorial in August.

He was a good friend.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Oct 15, 2005 01:49AM)
Good grief! This has not been a good year for Chicago. Our sincere condolences to his family and legions of friends.

Lee Darrow & Nanci Ponne
Message: Posted by: Julie (Oct 19, 2005 09:53PM)
Nick was always a happy guy and enthusiastic about Magic and everything else he touched. I remember when he first retired from the grocery business. He was so delighted to be able to devote his time to the Magic that he loved. If asked, he would also spend considerable time telling you the "secret" for a happy retirement is to provide for it years in advance of the actual event by wisely managing a portion of your financial resources on a regular basis and never deviating from this course.

All-in-all, one pretty smart cookie! God bless you, Nick.