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Topic: Don Driver....?
Message: Posted by: cbguy (Feb 20, 2017 06:48PM)
I just heard Don has passed away.

He's the one guy who can probably sell a Svengali Deck to Jesus : )

Don will be missed.
Message: Posted by: Riley (Feb 21, 2017 04:25AM)
RIP Don. Thanks for all your help.
Message: Posted by: silksock (Feb 21, 2017 07:25AM)
Sad news...Don was a great guy helped a lot of people in the pitching business.
Message: Posted by: Frosty (Feb 21, 2017 08:06AM)
I'm so sad...! Another legendary pitchman passes away...
This one really hurts!

You will be missed Don...!
Message: Posted by: Phil Ainsworth (Feb 21, 2017 11:05AM)
Very sad to hear, I didn't know Don well as I'm still a newcomer to pitching, but that didn't stop Don kindly offering me advice and tips on pitching which has helped me no end.
Don's legacy is a whole new wave of Svengali pitchmen, continuing the line.
RIP Don, legend of the pitch
Message: Posted by: Charles Gaff (Feb 21, 2017 01:40PM)
RIP Don, thanks for showing me how to build the tip!
Message: Posted by: LeoH (Feb 22, 2017 05:11AM)
Don was a great guy. Anytime I needed an answer to a question, he was right there with the answer. RIP, Don.
Message: Posted by: Bill Thompson (Feb 22, 2017 01:53PM)
I had a phone conversation with Don a few years ago. After some stupid post of mine, Don contacted me and told me to give him a call. That call lasted a couple of hours and he taught me about pitching and what to pitch and what not to. It was enlightening. I will never forget it.

Don not only taught the pitch but he gave you real secrets... how to make money, where to buy from. He will be missed.
Message: Posted by: isaacfawlkes (Feb 23, 2017 01:00AM)
Don was not only a great pitchman but he was a wonderful Human Being. I met him many years ago when he introduced himself to me at the Tennessee Renaissance fair. He came every year and we became friend. I will never forget when he and I visited Tabby at his home in Tn. We spent the entire afternoon there. He showed us his shop and studio. and spent the time talking about all of our experiences. I was not only a great time but but was a lesson in the art and business in magic. I spent an afternoon with Don at a flea market as he pitched I learned. Truly a great and wonderful man that I was lucky enough to be able to call my friend.
Message: Posted by: sethb (Feb 24, 2017 04:40PM)
What a shame. Don was a great guy, a real prince. His posts here were always generous and helpful to all, with plenty of hard-to-come-by information. As I discovered in more than one instance, you ignored his advice at your own peril!

He will be missed, but he also left a great legacy. RIP, Don. I'm sure he's teaching St. Peter a great DL! SETH
Message: Posted by: JasonK (Feb 25, 2017 03:52PM)
Didn't know Don personally, but he did offer a lot of great advice. RIP, Don.
Message: Posted by: itsmagic (Mar 21, 2017 03:20PM)
Just started reading up on pitching Svens and see a lot of good advice from Don. Just bought his dvd from lybrary. RIP.
Message: Posted by: Frosty (Mar 28, 2017 10:49AM)
Hello itsmagic! Welcome to this corner of the Café! Im glad you posted here...!

Sad to see that many here in the Café seem to not care much of a great man passing away, but yet you barely read about him and give your condolences...! A man that gave so much advice and help.... Yes, he had a strong character but gave so much here with his knowledge yet hold nothing back..!

I believe LeoH posted of his passing on the "Believe it or Not" part of this Café where many knew him yet seems no one cares! NOT ONE RESPONSE! Sad indeed!

Sorry for my criticism... but I get the feeling we live in a very selfish world!

I'm still bummed of his passing (and I was barely getting to know him) but am glad of those who did give their respects here....

Maybe a simple RIP would suffice whether you liked him or not!

Or Maybe it's just me as I really looked up to him.... Don't know..!
Message: Posted by: rossmacrae (Apr 2, 2017 10:46PM)
NO ONE? Not so - though it's a small gesture I am repeating his "Ballycast" interview and telling the listeners why - scheduling it soon.
Message: Posted by: LeoH (Apr 3, 2017 04:44AM)
Thanks, Ross. Although most remember him as one of the kings of the Svengali pitch, he was also a very decent magician. The Ballycast interview with Don is worth the time.
Message: Posted by: Frosty (Apr 3, 2017 11:39AM)
That's great news Rossmacrae!

Don Drivers Ballycast is great..!

Also David Walkers (this one is a must listen to) and the other episodes there are all worth listening to as well...

By the way, I always thought you have the perfect voice for a pitchman or carnival barker! LOL!

Thanks Ross and have a good one!
Message: Posted by: rossmacrae (May 17, 2017 04:43AM)
BALLYCAST #101 - DON DRIVER (repeat)

Episode now online.

Message: Posted by: Paul Budd (Aug 30, 2017 11:14AM)
I never met Don, but he certainly was a master of the pitch!
Message: Posted by: Adamarmstrong1 (Mar 29, 2018 06:47PM)
Hi everyone, you won't recognise my name (new account) I've been away from magic for a few years. Just saw this and made an account to post my condolences.

RIP Don, you were always on this board freely giving a lifetime's worth of knowledge and experience. I'm sure there are many people making money today that owe all their successes to you. RIP
Message: Posted by: Brent McLeod (Jan 27, 2019 06:08PM)
I only just found out recently Don had passed away...I had many years of conversations on here with Don and used much of his advice to use my own pitch for many years at tradeshows selling Svengali decks by the thousand. Have had a break from pitching for a couple of years but recently been approached to return to only specific events.. sorry Don wont be around to pass on his knowledge and friendly advice..RIP my friend..
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Feb 2, 2020 08:24AM)
Wow, wow, wow very said to learn of this news, I feel like I just crawled out from under a brick.
Don was very helpful and supportive to me.
We had quite a few chats over the years and he was a real gent.
He will be missed.
Message: Posted by: Guardian452 (Aug 6, 2020 11:28AM)
Don Driver was my best friend and mentor. He was the kindest person I ever known. He messaged me when I was in middle school just beginning of my teenage years. Don Driver sent me a message about a tabletop I had built for busking and the rest was a best friendship that last the course of almsot 2 decades.

I miss the late night phone calls, I miss the video chats. I miss his advice and non stop support. Every single person should try to live up to Don Driver's standard. He sent me the left side of a straitjacket for my birthday and the right side for christmas...all together in one package. It changed my life. Don Driver changed my life, who I am as a person and as a performer. He always gave me advice, always told me how proud he was of me.

I miss this man so very much. He is a legend. He is my best friend. And I miss him oh so very much. I can't put into words the countless hours we would spend talking on the phone together.

rest in peace my best friend
Message: Posted by: dave_matkin (Nov 21, 2020 04:27AM)
Don was such I nice man. As others have said he was very kinds and supportive. I bought his Sven Pitch DVD second hand and it did not have the script. I contacted him to try and buy the scripts. No such luck..... he would not take a penny off me for it - not even the postage to the UK! So very kind of him.

RIP Don.
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Nov 28, 2020 05:03PM)
Shame, he was a nice guy.