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Topic: George Sands is gone.
Message: Posted by: Julie (May 17, 2006 10:35AM)
Hello fellow Magicians

'Just received word that Master Magician George Sands passed away yesterday of natural causes at his home in Janesveill, Wisconsin. A Broken Wand Ceremony will be conducted as a portion of a Celebration of his Life to be held Sunday, May 21.

As the author/originator of so many time-tested effects (Ropesational, Sandsational and a myriad of mental, mathematical and card gems) and a truly "nice" man, George will be missed.

He passed Tuesday, May 16 at 9:15 A.M. at home.

Julie, A Friend of George
Message: Posted by: Marvello (May 17, 2006 10:49AM)
Very sad news indeed. I never had the good fortune to meet him, but I learned the "triple deal" from a book that he wrote. He will be missed. My thoughts are with his friends and family.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (May 17, 2006 02:08PM)
Never really met him, but saw his lecture many moons ago... his name will always live in magic through his wonderful contribution to rope magic.
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (May 17, 2006 02:54PM)
Sorry to hear that. Where is the Broken Wand ceremony and Celebration of his Life going to be held?
Message: Posted by: Julie (May 17, 2006 03:59PM)
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On 2006-05-17 15:54, Vandy Grift wrote:
Sorry to hear that. Where is the Broken Wand ceremony and Celebration of his Life going to be held?
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The Services will be held in Janesville (sorry for the initial mistake in spelling), Wisconsin. I'll post more specific info asap.

Julie
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (May 17, 2006 04:12PM)
I had an opportunity to see him lecture back around 1978(ish). I was only about 12 years old and was easily the youngest attendee, but when I met him during the break, while purchasing his lecture notes and a copy of Sandslide, he shook my hand firmly and spoke to me like he would have to any one of the adults in the room. He had a smile on his face throughout the day and took a great deal of time ensuring that all questions asked were sufficiently answered before moving on to the next topic. He took the time and made every effort to be a teacher that day, and the audience was clearly appreciative.

I was sorry to see his name listed a couple of months ago in the "Sick & Convelescent" pages of The Linking Ring. I'm glad to know that a great deal of his material is still available in print so that those who have not had an opportunity to discover his work yet may still have a chance to do so. Rest well, George.
Message: Posted by: Julie (May 17, 2006 04:28PM)
The Broken Wand Ceremony etc. will be held Sunday, May 21 at 2 P.M. at this same address.

Cards etc. may be sent to:

2001 Wesley Av #109
Janesville, Wisconsin 53545
Message: Posted by: Jeffrey Cowan (May 18, 2006 08:29PM)
I saw George lecture in Washington DC in the late 1970s or early 1980s. He was a very nice and rediculously clever guy who had some ingenious methods. It's remarkable how much of his rope material remains foundational for many of today's rope routines.