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Topic: Jerry Andrus Is Terminally Ill
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Feb 4, 2007 03:02PM)
Hi Everyone,
Last evening at the meeting of the Portland Society of Magicians, Jerry Andrus announced to all of us that he has advanced prostate cancer. This hit everyone in the room very hard. Jerry is very dear to many people around the world. Please keep him in your prayers.

Once a month we hold our meeting here in Portland. Jerry always attends and performs his amazing magic. Last night Jerry didn't perform. It seemed odd, we were all expecting something great as usual. Instead he walked to the front, with seemingly great discomfort in his body and made the announcement. He read us a letter that he had written 9 years ago on his 80th birthday. In what I can remember from his letter, it was about his acceptance with his life and the coming time when he may leave us. A few of us felt it is his way of letting us know that he is ready and saying goodbye.

We are going to try and do something very special for him in the next few days / weeks.

Please hold him in your thoughts and prayers.

Brian Proctor
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Feb 4, 2007 11:17PM)
That is very sad news Brian. I will definately give Jerry a call and see if I can cheer him up some. :)
I didn't want to let the cat out of the bag, but Jerry is scheduled to be our very special [i]GUEST OF HONOR[/i] on the Café in [b]March 1st thru 7th[/b]. While discussing this with him he made no mention of this illness. I will keep him in my prayers. :nod:

[i]UPDATE[/i]: Just got off the phone with Jerry and though he is not feeling himself, he's determined to be here alive and well come March. I for one am looking forward to it. :)
Message: Posted by: Bill Hallahan (Feb 5, 2007 07:55AM)
I only know Jerry Andrus from reading about him and his magic. I know he is a man of great integrity.

I'll keep in my my prayers too. I wish him the best.
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Feb 5, 2007 08:56AM)
This is terrible news. I've been an Andrus fan for as long as I can remember. I hope he still decides to attend Kramien's this year. I am very much looking forward to finally meeting him and shaking his hand.
Message: Posted by: airship (Feb 5, 2007 12:28PM)
My prayers and best wishes to Jerry and his family.
Message: Posted by: Mona Morrison (Feb 5, 2007 06:35PM)
My prayers and healing thoughts go out to Jerry. He has always been a wonderful, sharing person and an amazing magician.
Message: Posted by: Payne (Feb 5, 2007 07:04PM)
Sad news indeed.

He has had a long and exceptional life and will live on in our memories.
Message: Posted by: Rimbaud (Feb 6, 2007 10:44AM)
This is terrible news.

I saw Jerry at a couple of lectures in the very early 80's and both times he was extremely cordial and helpful. I told him I was performing his "Miser's Miracle" while table hopping, and he offered several tips.

A couple of months after the last lecture, I ran into him in the lobby of the Chase Hotel during registration for the Midwest Magic Jubilee. He remembered me and said "Here's something new" and began talking about holistic medicine and accupressure, and suddenly a three inch, four or five pound solid steel ball bearing dropped out of nowhere into my hand and literally, and I do mean literally, buckled my knees. (And I was pretty jaded at that point.)

Later that weekend, I was lucky enough to eavesdrop on a long and riveting conversation he had with someone else about god, the universe and whether or not there was any such thing as "random."

I love the way this man's mind works. I love Jerry Andrus' work. He struck me as being a very kind, fascinating, and brilliantly creative man.

I am very sorry to hear that he is not well.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Feb 6, 2007 12:12PM)
On 2007-02-05 21:51, SethKotkin wrote:
He lives on now. Let's send all positive energy to this interesting and wonderful person. [/quote]

Agreed, this is probably a good time to remind him how much we enjoy his magic, illusions and his positive and wholesome attitude.

Message: Posted by: Autumn Morning Star (Feb 7, 2007 05:13AM)
Our warmest thoughts and deepest prayers are with you, Jerry.
Message: Posted by: DStachowiak (Feb 7, 2007 09:21AM)
This is very sad news.
I only had the great good fortune to meet Jerry Andrus once, back in the 70's, but I remember being bowled over,both by his boundless creativity, and his friendliness. Over the years I have been repeatedly amazed by one original idea after another from this wonderful guy.
All positive thoughts to you, Jerry.
Message: Posted by: Jim Davis (Feb 7, 2007 03:09PM)
I can't think of anyone more deserving of our prayers...

God please care for Jerry. Help take away his pain, and help him find solace.

Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Feb 7, 2007 03:59PM)
I wish I could shake his hand and give him my wishes in person. Bless you, Jerry.

Message: Posted by: David Charvet (Feb 10, 2007 07:16AM)
Here's Jerry's address, if you would like to send him a card or note:
Jerry Andrus
1638 East First Avenue
Albany, Oregon 97321

The Portland Society of Magicians is planning an evening tribute to Jerry on Saturday, March 3, 2007. It will be held at 7:00pm at the Oregon Stamp Society Building, 4828 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97211. (Note: Do not send cards or mail to this address.)

If you would like to send a note or card to Jerry as a surprise to be given to him at the tribute, please mail them c/o: Ken Magee, 1220 SW 3rd Ave. #1525, Portland, OR 97204. Ken will see that Jerry gets them on March 3.

Regards -
Message: Posted by: David Charvet (Feb 10, 2007 07:19AM)
Also, here's Jerry's e-mail:


- David
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Feb 12, 2007 09:01PM)
Thanks for putting out this contact info. I know there are a lot of us out there who can't make the trip to Albany, OR. but would like to send some love and respect to a man who has given so much to the art.

Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Mar 3, 2007 03:52AM)
Just a reminder that Jerry's get together is tonight at the Oregon Stamp Club building. Address is stated above. Please take the time tonight and come see Jerry and express your care and gratitude for a man who has made a difference in the world of Magic.

See you there!

Message: Posted by: bcookmagic (Mar 4, 2007 11:58AM)
Hi there everyone, I made the trip down to Oregon from Seattle to attend. I was warmly greated by Brian when we got down there and he drove us over to the event. Jerry was very surprised at what was going on...I don't think he knew that he was getting honored before he got there. Jerry looked in good and was able to get up and talk to everyone for a bit. I enjoyed watching him take the time to talk to everyone after and take lots of pictures to aanyone that wanted one. Jerry Andrus is truly a great man and I was glad to have the oppurtunity to hang out with him for a night. Thanks to all the guys in Portland for putting this together. Brian
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Mar 4, 2007 03:19PM)
Brian, it was great to see you again last night. I had a blast and will never forget the night that was all about Jerry and Dwight. There were so many people packed into one room. I didn't count them all, but it seemed like 80 or more in what would normally be a room of about 15 for monthly meetings. The turn out was incredible, the show of support and respect for Jerry was AMAZING!
The highlight for me was seeing the huge smiles on Jerry and Dwight's faces when Reed McClintock did his special command performance for these two kings of magic at the Voleur restaraunt. This was a night that many people will never ever forget. It will live on in the hearts and minds of all who were there.
Message: Posted by: tommy ng (Mar 4, 2007 11:10PM)
Yes,Is great to see Two Brian again!
yesterday is unforgettable. is a sad news to hear about Jerry health problem, but I saw a lot the great support yesterday,a lot the poeple drive from long way to support Jerry,Jerry is a great man, I am so lucky I can meet him by person and learn a lot for him.
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Mar 6, 2007 09:28PM)
I spoke with George Olson yesterday, and with Jerry's permission, as you may have read on the Genii board, we also would like to pass on the terrible news that cancer has spread to his bones. This is a sad time in magic.

As you have read above, the oldest continually opperating club, the Portland Society of Magicians held a surprise presentation and show for Jerry honoring his life and legacy in magic on March 3rd 2007.

If you would like to post your thoughts, prayers, and wishes to Jerry, please feel free to post them here. You may also contact George Olson directly to make sure that Jerry gets to read the kind messages. His email address is poof.magic@comcast.net

Message: Posted by: Hart Keene (May 11, 2007 08:27PM)
I just posted this in another area...

I was honored to have Jerry come and watch me perform last night at one of the restaurants. I know he is in a great deal of pain so I was very surprised to see him.

I have known Jerry ever since I started in magic and I will never forget the time he took to help me along the way. He is full of wonderfull theory, stories of old times, and of course, magic and illusion!. He was a good friend of The Professor and countless other legends of our art. Needless to say his magic was truly one of a kind and will never be duplicated.

It will be a sad day in Magicdom when we lose this great man.

Jerry Andrus, the guy who you could fool with his own magic(I saw it happen a few times!)

Jerry Andrus, a living legend....

I will miss you Jerry. We love you and will never forget you. Thank you for everything old friend...
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (May 11, 2007 10:46PM)
Disturbing news, but the final curtain hasn't rung down yet. Here's hopping Jerry has one more great trick in him.
Message: Posted by: bcookmagic (May 15, 2007 08:55PM)
This is true....I was hoping to see him at Kramiens...I may have to make another trip south to visit the master. B
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (May 24, 2007 06:50PM)
Sometimes magic and miracles do happen. Let us pray for that.
Message: Posted by: Swifty34 (May 26, 2007 08:07PM)
Let's hope he gets better...
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (May 31, 2007 10:23AM)
Hang in there Jerry! You are truly an inspiration to me and I an honored to perform a couple of your routines. Thanks for your help and patience. You are in my prayers...

Justin Style
Message: Posted by: magicpro212 (Jun 3, 2007 02:11AM)
We all have to Dissapear some time...