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Topic: Martin Nash has passed away
Message: Posted by: JasonEngland (Jul 20, 2009 11:34PM)
He was a great guy and a world-class card handler.

He'll be missed.

Message: Posted by: pepka (Jul 20, 2009 11:38PM)
So sad. I got to meet him my first trip to Vegas. A total class guy. One of my prized posessions is a photo of me standing with him and Channing Pollock. Truly a thorn between 2 roses.

He will be missed greatly.
Message: Posted by: MickeyPainless (Jul 21, 2009 12:09AM)
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends!

RIP Mr Nash!
Message: Posted by: Joe S. (Jul 21, 2009 12:15AM)
He will indeed, Jason.

I'm glad I got to see him perform live.
Message: Posted by: Ruben Padilla (Jul 21, 2009 12:20AM)
I loved Martin. His Castle act was one of my favorite acts in all of magic. I'll miss him.
Message: Posted by: Kjellstrom (Jul 21, 2009 12:35AM)
Martin´s card magic was outstanding.
Grand persona.
"See you in heaven."
Message: Posted by: TomasB (Jul 21, 2009 01:40AM)
That is really sad news, Jason.

Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (Jul 21, 2009 02:10AM)
Rest in peace. The infinity priniciple will always in my mind, always.
Message: Posted by: tommy ng (Jul 21, 2009 02:17AM)
Message: Posted by: Cain (Jul 21, 2009 03:10AM)
Message: Posted by: lou serrano (Jul 21, 2009 04:28AM)
Martin was definitely a class act. I had the chance to see him many times at the Magic Castle, and had the great pleasure of working the Close-up Gallery with him many years ago. He had some fascinating stories to share, and I love the fact that he traveled the world with a deck of cards.

He will be missed.
Message: Posted by: Adam1975 (Jul 21, 2009 04:37AM)
Yes another of the few remaining old schoolers has "shuffled off". RIP
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Jul 21, 2009 06:13AM)
Sorry to hear this sad news Martin was one of the best of all times.
Message: Posted by: John Carey (Jul 21, 2009 06:52AM)
Rest in peace Mr Nash.

Message: Posted by: Sixten (Jul 21, 2009 08:00AM)
Our deepest condolences to his family.
May he 'Rest in Peace'.

Sixten & family
Message: Posted by: abc (Jul 21, 2009 08:36AM)
That is quite sad indeed. He was able to do some special things with a deck of cards.
Message: Posted by: Robert M (Jul 21, 2009 08:43AM)
Very sad news.

Message: Posted by: DomKabala (Jul 21, 2009 08:46AM)
May the memory of "The Charming Cheat" live on. Rest in Peace...

Dom :(
Message: Posted by: PASCAL (Jul 21, 2009 08:47AM)
A great name and great cardman who "dissapear" ....
It's the life ....
PASCAL from France
Message: Posted by: Gerald (Jul 21, 2009 09:45AM)
“A man’s dying is more the survivor’s affair than his own.” Thomas Mann

Martin left us with great memories, writings and videos of “The Charming Cheat.” One hopes the hands that perform Martin’s great card magic are worthy hands.

Farewell, Martin.

With warm regards,
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jul 21, 2009 09:45AM)
This is sad news indeed. I very much enjoyed talking with him last year.

Condolences to the Nash family.

Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Jul 21, 2009 09:51AM)
Oh. I didn't know. Martin was a close friend - for oh, so many, years. I loved him. Oh, gosh... HL.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jul 21, 2009 10:11AM)
Sorry to hear this sad news. He leaves a wide wake with his passing.

Message: Posted by: joseph (Jul 21, 2009 10:28AM)
Indeed, he will be missed...
Message: Posted by: MueCard (Jul 21, 2009 11:02AM)
Sorry, too, to hear that sad news....
Message: Posted by: dpe666 (Jul 21, 2009 11:37AM)
Message: Posted by: splice (Jul 21, 2009 11:41AM)
Real sorry to hear that. He will be missed.
Message: Posted by: milesg (Jul 21, 2009 12:17PM)
I hope that his final days were peaceful. I remember thinking in my early magic career, that I could finally perform some really good, strong magic after I had learned his infinity principal. Great stuff that I still use to this day.

He will indeed be missed.
Message: Posted by: Riku_Pajari (Jul 21, 2009 12:34PM)
I saw some videos of him in youtube just like two weeks ago and fell in love to his style, its sad to hear this. RIP.
Message: Posted by: Whit Haydn (Jul 21, 2009 02:18PM)
It is a great loss. I will miss him.
Message: Posted by: aldiamo (Jul 21, 2009 02:44PM)
Message: Posted by: wsduncan (Jul 21, 2009 02:44PM)
Heard about his last eveing. I still can't find words.

Three minutes of Martin for those who didn't know him:
Message: Posted by: nonvpro (Jul 21, 2009 03:10PM)
Message: Posted by: tenchu (Jul 21, 2009 03:23PM)

Rest In Peace. :(
Message: Posted by: Mihai Iacob (Jul 21, 2009 03:48PM)
This was a shock for me, RIP :(.
Message: Posted by: Kent Wong (Jul 21, 2009 05:19PM)
Martin's last official lecture was here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This was about one year after his terrible car accident. You could tell he was still suffering from some of the effects of the accident, but he still put on a terrific show. His charisma and charm won over the room within seconds and the time just flew by.

For the last several years, I have been privileged to call Martin one of my closest friends in magic (which some may find strange since I'm not a card man). I've literally spent days at a time with Martin as he regaled me with stories from his past. I think that's what I'll miss the most.

Last summer, when I became a member of the Magic Castle, Martin met up with me in L.A. We spent 3 days together as he enthusiastically showed me where he used to live, the airfield where he used to fly his RC planes, and the magic shop on Hollywood Blvd.

I still remember when we approached Hollywood Magic, Martin turned to me and said, "You know, I used to spend a lot of time in this shop. In fact, I spent so much time here the guys gave me my own stool with my name engraved in it. That was a long time ago." Well, as we approached the shop, you could tell it was a Saturday afternoon. The place was packed and magicians behind the counter were busily showing there wares. Then, one of the guys looked up and saw us. Everything stopped. Suddenly one of them yelled out, "It's Martin Nash!". He immediately sprung into action, ran in the back room and re-emerged with a tall wooden stool containing a little gold plaque. It simply read, "Martin A. Nash - The Charming Cheat".

After several hours in Hollywood Magic, we worked our way up to the Magic Castle where I was treated to a personal tour by the M.A.N. himself. Martin knew every nook and cranny of the Grand Old House and he seemed to get younger with every step he took. Martin may have lived in Parksville, B.C., but he CAME ALIVE at the Magic Castle.

These are experiences that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Martin, you will be missed. Thank you so much for your friendship and for the memories we shared together.

Message: Posted by: edh (Jul 21, 2009 05:40PM)
Great story Kent.

RIP Martin.
Message: Posted by: The Burnaby Kid (Jul 21, 2009 05:54PM)
A bad year for magic just got worse. A big loss...
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Jul 21, 2009 05:59PM)
I learned the tabled faro from him.
He is a big loss, but his filmed work will keep in alive in our hearts.
Message: Posted by: Medifro (Jul 21, 2009 06:16PM)
O_O ....

Meeting the man was one of my life's goals ..

~ Feras
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jul 21, 2009 07:28PM)
Respect to one of the best may he rest in peace.
Message: Posted by: motown (Jul 21, 2009 08:03PM)
The Greats keep leaving us.

Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Jul 21, 2009 08:19PM)
I had the opportunity to spend some time with him a couple of times. He was a gentle, soft-spoken, TRULY charming man, in life as well as in magic. I will miss him, but remember my time with him fondly for the rest of my life! He was truly one of the good guys in magic.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Jul 21, 2009 08:21PM)