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Topic: Broken Wand :: Tim Conover
Message: Posted by: magicnewswire (Feb 2, 2011 09:38PM)
I am very sad to report on the loss of yet another amazing performer, Tim Conover. According to those that have contacted me, Tim died at his own hand. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends: http://bit.ly/dHijZ2
Message: Posted by: PaulPacific (Feb 2, 2011 09:48PM)
Rest peacefully, Tim.. You were an inspiration!
Message: Posted by: JohnWells (Feb 2, 2011 09:48PM)
How unfortunate.
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Feb 2, 2011 10:00PM)
This is terrible news. Tim was one of the best in the business.

Sympathies to his family and loved ones.

RIP, Tim

Bob Cassidy
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Feb 2, 2011 10:03PM)
I'm in shock!
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Feb 2, 2011 10:31PM)
This is beyond sad.
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Feb 2, 2011 10:50PM)
So sad. We'll miss you Tim.
Message: Posted by: Bill Brunelle (Feb 2, 2011 11:02PM)
This is horrible news.
Message: Posted by: A.G. (Feb 2, 2011 11:11PM)
OMG This is tragic... RIP Tim.
Message: Posted by: pete (Feb 3, 2011 12:11AM)
So sad... R.I.P Tim.
Message: Posted by: Paul Carnazzo (Feb 3, 2011 12:13AM)
Terrible! RIP Tim!
Message: Posted by: RileyG (Feb 3, 2011 01:17AM)

RIP my Brother...
Message: Posted by: r1z08 (Feb 3, 2011 01:33AM)
You will be missed, Tim. Rest now.

Message: Posted by: David Numen (Feb 3, 2011 01:55AM)
Really sorry to hear that - I saw a brief performance clip of his some time ago and was really impressed. Tragic that he's gone.
Message: Posted by: parmenion (Feb 3, 2011 02:44AM)
So sad!
Message: Posted by: manofcards (Feb 3, 2011 02:59AM)
What an excellent performer. RIP
Message: Posted by: Looch (Feb 3, 2011 04:41AM)
Wow this is shocking...RIP

Thoughts go out to his family
Message: Posted by: Dick Christian (Feb 3, 2011 06:32AM)
I've known Tim since he was a teenager, consider him a close friend and had the pleasure of booking him for my clients on several occasions. He was truly one of the very best -- both as a person and as a performer. The news of his death is not only personally shocking, but a tragic loss to our art.
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Feb 3, 2011 06:51AM)
I am so sorry to hear this. It is utterly tragic.
Message: Posted by: Giacomo (Feb 3, 2011 07:56AM)
This is a very sad news
He was also a very great fantastic coinman, and his versions of Ramsay's "Cylinder & Coins", are wonderful... doubtless some of the best.
Message: Posted by: entity (Feb 3, 2011 08:33AM)
Tim was one of a handful of performers that I truly admired, both as an artist and as a person. He was a brilliant creator of Mentalism, a wonderfully successful performer and a very decent man.

The world is a smaller, dimmer place without him.

T. Baxter
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Feb 3, 2011 08:57AM)
I did not know Tim, but my prayers go out for the blessed peace of his soul and for the solace of his family and friends.

Message: Posted by: mysticz (Feb 3, 2011 09:20AM)
Tim was a good fellow, an accomplished magician, and an excellent mentalist. He was always working on new ideas and had great enthusiasm for the craft. He was a wonderful colleague, a good friend, and his passing is a great loss to the mystery community.

Joe Z.
Message: Posted by: Lior (Feb 3, 2011 10:01AM)
Tim was a good friend and was in Israel many years ago to advice me for my first TV show.
The best 12 days of mentalism from 9am to 9pm everyday and we built 14 shows

I will miss Tim.
One of the best persons I have ever meat.

Message: Posted by: Mick Ayres (Feb 3, 2011 10:03AM)
I can't believe this terrible news. My condolences and prayers to Tim's family and loved ones.

Mick Ayres
Message: Posted by: Rebecca_Harris (Feb 3, 2011 10:21AM)
Really sad news, my thoughts go out to his friends and family
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Feb 3, 2011 10:51AM)
Rest in peace, Tim.

Message: Posted by: Tony Razzano (Feb 3, 2011 11:20AM)
I am in shock! Rest in peace, Tim. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tim's family and friends.
Message: Posted by: Rocketeer (Feb 3, 2011 11:42AM)
So very sad. I watched the clip that was posted earlier. He showed such energy, talent and charisma. We are all a little poorer for his passing.

Message: Posted by: Mind Guerrilla (Feb 3, 2011 11:52AM)
I did not know Mr. Conover but, judging by the video clip, he clearly earned his money by displaying a lot of energy and presenting mentalism in a fun and entertaining way.

This is clearly a great loss to the world of mentalism.
Message: Posted by: Mike Ince (Feb 3, 2011 12:18PM)
It's clear so many people loved him. I never met him, but this is sad enough to make anyone cry. I admired him for his enthusiasm and energetic performance. Loving condolences to his family and to his many, many friends.
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Feb 3, 2011 12:21PM)
It is very sad - he was clearly a well respected and kind man. Suicide... depression is a horrific thing.
Message: Posted by: MagiCaleb (Feb 3, 2011 01:44PM)
I am friends with his sister. He came and did a personal show for my family. Heard about it from her husband today. He was an amazing performer. It's sad he had to die this way.
Message: Posted by: Jim Magus (Feb 3, 2011 03:07PM)
How terribly sad. I remember Tim's performance at one of the Invocationals. While I had seen him perform before, the people that booked him at Invo were not familiar with his lightning fast pace, so he performed early on the mentalist matinee program, and almost could not be followed. He was one of the best I've ever seen. Some mentalists are creators, some are performers. Tim was both. He was brilliant at devising impossible to penetrate methods. And a nice guy. How terribly sad. . .
Message: Posted by: Colin (Feb 3, 2011 03:26PM)
Very sad news :( Tim was incredible!!

Message: Posted by: The Paranormalist (Feb 3, 2011 03:52PM)
No words can express how sad this is...

May his dear soul rest in peace.
Message: Posted by: Mick Ayres (Feb 3, 2011 03:52PM)
Here is an example of Tim's unbelievable expertise at working a crowd as a mentalist.

Message: Posted by: yachanin (Feb 3, 2011 04:34PM)
My sympathies to his family.

Regards, Steve
Message: Posted by: magicnewswire (Feb 3, 2011 04:38PM)
I love his crystal ball routine and that's why I posted it in connection to the story which you can find here: http://bit.ly/dHijZ2

I've received word from his family and we'll have more info on funeral arrangements as soon as they are completed.
Message: Posted by: thementalist814 (Feb 3, 2011 04:56PM)
So, so sad and a tragic loss to everyone. I was hoping to one day learn his Newspaper prediction effect, but unfortunately, he took the secret to the grave with him. My sincerest condolences to his entire family because I bet he was a terrific family man. We'll miss ya Tim. You won't be forgotten!
Message: Posted by: rbattle (Feb 3, 2011 07:56PM)
One of the few that I could sit and watch and not care what he was doing, just that I was there and having a great time.

Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Feb 4, 2011 01:50AM)
An extraordinary loss, almost too much for words. The world is lees one wonderful man today but he lives on through the effects he had one us all.
Message: Posted by: Piers (Feb 4, 2011 03:49AM)
Very sad.

I hope he finds the peace of mind 'up there', that perhaps he didn't find 'down here'.

Message: Posted by: Withnail (Feb 4, 2011 04:04AM)
Any man's death diminishes me. For I am part of mankind.

Rest in peace, with thoughts to those left behind.
Message: Posted by: MagiCaleb (Feb 4, 2011 10:31AM)
He's now free of any issues now. He told me he was writing a book (this was 7 years ago) about one of his tricks. I forget it, though. The trick had to do with half dollars. Either they were transporting from one cylinder to another, "magically", or it was one where you choose a half dollar, take note of the year, put the lot of half dollars in a transparent cup, shakes them around, and it has bent. It was truly amazing.
Message: Posted by: mental4u (Feb 4, 2011 02:03PM)
We booked him several times at the TAOM over the last several years. He did his hour long close up show and he also did his 45 minute corporate mentalism act. He was an expert in both. He is the finest mentalist that I have ever seen, by far. I have attended all of the MINDVENTIONS, except for the first. Know one held a candle to him.

His act was fun, and it looked real. This was the way mentalism should look. His excitement and enthusiasm for entertaining was second to none.

God bless him and his family.

Gregg Lancaster
Mental Masterpieces
College Station, Texas
Message: Posted by: magicnewswire (Feb 6, 2011 10:14AM)
The Memorial Service celebrating Tim's life will be held on Friday, February 18th at 6:00 pm
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
2397 Newstead Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

The following message was posted in the comments thread of my report on Tim's passing ( http://bit.ly/dHijZ2 ), But I thought that I'd share it here for those that do not read comments to insure that more see it.

In addition, you can read a touching memorial to Tim from a friend here: http://bit.ly/fv1r2f

[i]Timothy Gene Conover was born at 1:25 AM on April 1, 1959. He has been our pride and joy from that day forward. The nurses in the hospital where he was born insisted that he would be famous one day. It has taken days for me to write my feelings, and only now do I realize there are no words to express the pain of losing our Tim. God Bless my dear child.
Message: Posted by: Bill Brunelle (Feb 6, 2011 11:37AM)
Thanks for posting that lengthy piece, Dodd. It's really great.
Anyone interested in knowing more about Tim will really enjoy it.
The link Dodd posted above is http://bit.ly/fv1r2f
Deeply affecting.
Message: Posted by: Larry Davidson (Feb 7, 2011 12:54PM)
Tim's passing is a real tragedy.

I've known Tim for about 35 years, ever since he started out in magic as a teenager. I watched him develop into a world class coin worker, then into a top card worker, and lastly into a mentalist without peer.

Everything that Tim touched turned to gold. He came as close to perfection as I've ever seen in every single aspect of magic and mentalism, which is saying a lot given the number of performers that I've known and seen in the 48 years that I've been into magic. Tim was unusually talented in every single area -- sleight of hand, choreography, misdirection, psychology, creativity, routining, energy, acting, connecting with an audience, etc. Itís quite an achievement for someone to excel in any one of these areas. Itís remarkable that Tim excelled in all of them.

I remember watching a stage magician with Tim, and after the performance, I mentioned to Tim that I was impressed with the strong audience reaction. Who could ask for more? Tim could. His response to me was that the audience wouldn't remember the magician a week after the performance. Tim wasnít being mean, he was just being honest, and he was absolutely right. Audiences not only reacted strongly to Tim's performances, they remembered him. If you ask some of the world's most famous magicians and mentalists to name the best that they have ever seen, many would say that Tim was not only among the best, he was THE best. And besides being talented, he was a sincere, kind, and sharing man.

Genius frequently comes at a cost, and sadly Tim paid the ultimate price. Itís a d*** shame, and heíll be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Tim.

Sorry for rambling, I just wanted to share some initial thoughts.

Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Feb 7, 2011 01:08PM)
Your sharing memories means quite a bit. It helps make his life more real to those of us who never met him.

There's a keen grief at his passing. It is quite touching to read.

Message: Posted by: Sean Macfarlane (Feb 14, 2011 11:20AM)
I am saddened to hear this! I have always wanted to meet him and watch him work. R.I.P Tim.