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Topic: RIP Dick Oslund
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Dec 3, 2019 05:37PM)
Word on Facebook from Dick Oslund's nephew is that Dick passed away earlier today.
Message: Posted by: Julie (Dec 3, 2019 06:09PM)
Dick was such a wonderful person and a true lover of Magic and magicians. He will be remembered fondly and with respect.

Bless you my friend.

Julie
Message: Posted by: Dr. O (Dec 3, 2019 06:09PM)
Oh no. Sad news indeed.
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Dec 3, 2019 08:41PM)
He will really be missed. He was very generous in sharing his wisdom from his decades of performing.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Dec 3, 2019 10:59PM)
So much energy and excitement in his posts here, hard to believe he's now gone.

He shared his knowledge so unselfishly, and was a blessing to the membership here. Of course, this is to say nothing of his long career.

RIP, Mr. Oslund.
Message: Posted by: Kanawati (Dec 3, 2019 11:03PM)
I'll always be grateful to him for his generosity and helpfulness. I will miss him.
Message: Posted by: Rook (Dec 4, 2019 12:28AM)
He will certainly be sorely missed. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Message: Posted by: jakeg (Dec 4, 2019 06:07AM)
So very sorry.
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Dec 4, 2019 10:49AM)
May we find comfort in knowing that he is now with other friends that have passed before him, those he spoke highly of and shared their wisdom with us.
My prayers and condolences are with his family and close friends.
Message: Posted by: imgic (Dec 4, 2019 12:32PM)
Wow..so very saddened to hear this news. I only knew him through the Café, but always saw him as my magical Grandfather...always telling stories and always with great insight. He will be missed.
Message: Posted by: gallagher (Dec 4, 2019 01:35PM)
So sad.
Thanks for the smiles,..and 'the laugh' Dick.
May your next 'lot',..Pitch,...Assembly,..be a good one.
Don't forget your warm boots.
You're missed.
Gallagher
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 4, 2019 08:06PM)
Sad to hear this. His book, [i]Road Scholar[/i] was a unique document of a magician who made his living traveling the "knowledge circuit" hundreds of miles a day in small town America. And his DVD, which showed him working the gyms and libraries of said schools are a master class in working with school children.
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Dec 4, 2019 08:49PM)
See ya' back on the lot, Dick.
Message: Posted by: drhackenbush (Dec 6, 2019 09:38PM)
I bought "Road Scholar" at Denny Haney's recommendation, and the next time I saw Denny told him Dick's book belonged up there with Tarbell, and he smiled his knowing smile and agreed. Soon after, I corresponded with Dick for awhile and he was an absolute pleasure to know, always encouraging and free with his knowledge. He was someone who had really "been there and done that", and we are better for him having been among us and also diminished by his loss,

Thank you Dick for being a friend and mentor, and you'll be missed.

Charley
Message: Posted by: Pete Legend (Dec 7, 2019 07:24AM)
An absolute gentleman.
Message: Posted by: Rainboguy (Dec 10, 2019 05:51AM)
Please see my Post about Dick Oslund here:

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=704880&forum=36
Message: Posted by: Signet (Dec 11, 2019 03:10PM)
I just found out about Dick's passing. It hit me like a ton of bricks. He truly was a friend to all the newbies on here struggling to learn. He would watch what you posted and when he knew you were serious about study, there was no end to his help. I will miss you buddy.
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Dec 17, 2019 05:59AM)
He was a great man! He will be missed!
Message: Posted by: FrankFindley (Dec 21, 2019 01:35PM)
He was such a kind person. He really cared about helping other magicians improve. He will be missed.
Message: Posted by: Sealegs (Dec 28, 2019 05:32PM)
I didn't know Dick Oslund other than through interaction with him here on the Café where he was an active and regular contributor. He obviously had a huge amount of real world experience from performing magic and touring with his show. His contributions here were full of enthusiasm not just for magic but for the sharing of his entire wealth of experience with others, Noticeable too was that despite being 'of a certain age' he always seemed full of the joy of life.

We exchanged a few PMs and he was incredibly generous with both his time and his compliments. He was also very generous with the material that had severed him so well throughout his career. It was a pleasure to know him, even as little I did, and I am sure I missed out on not knowing him better.

So long old friend.
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Jan 13, 2020 01:28PM)
I just saw this. Really sad to hear as Dick and I were good friends. He helped me a lot over the years giving me advice, sending me notes.

I'll miss him tremendously.

Down the road Dick!
Message: Posted by: Kong (Jan 14, 2020 07:23PM)
I've only just now happened across this thread by chance and learnt of Dick's passing. How terribly, terribly sad.

Dick was one of the first people to engage with me on this forum. He was very helpful and kind to me and he even sent me a letter containing a photocopied excerpt from his book, detailing his excellent Card To Pocket routine. He flatly refused any payment, even to cover postage, because in his words "it's a small price to pay for people to say nice things about me!". The letter, in its original envelope complete with "rabbit out of a hat" postage stamp and "Dick Oslund, Magician" rubber stamp, has stood proudly on display on my magic shelf since I received it. I shall now treasure it even more.

I didn't know you for very long, Dick, but thanks. You made a big impression on me and I'll never forget you.

Bon Voyage, friend.

RIP.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Jan 22, 2020 08:18PM)
[quote] [b]On Mar 25th, 2019, Dick Oslund wrote: [/b]
Hi ,Thanks for your good thoughts! I picked up that "handling" of the pull, from a Circus sideshow magician in 1945. I've fooled many magicians with it since, and sold hundreds of pulls at $5, too!

Yup! It has been a wonderfilled life!

O[/quote]

[quote][b]On Mar 25th, 2019, Mb217 wrote: [/b]
I always wanted to join the circus. :) That you learned a wonderful use for the "pull" from a magician there is just right in line with all the magical things that life has shown you. It takes great and lasting courage to go through life so forthrightly, but only if you do it just that way does it reveal its greatest secrets...That's the magic of it all. :) That reminds me again of something Cyrano De Bergerac said upon being accosted by some pompous musketeer as to his large nose, wrinkled clothes and low rank...

[I]“I carry my adornments on my soul,” responded Cyrano. “I do not dress up like a popinjay; but inwardly, I keep my daintiness. I do not bear with me, by any chance, an insult not yet washed away—a conscience yellow with unpurged bile—an honor frayed to rags, a set of scruples badly worn. I go caparisoned in gems unseen—no figure of a man, but a soul clothed in shining armor, hung with deeds for decorations....And swinging at my side, Courage!”[/I]

-Mb
[/quote]

I am just hearing this but just as saddened as if I had heard it earlier here. 😔 Dick was a treasured Café friend here over the years, and we would communicate often. Always enjoyed hearing of his great times in magic. He knew everyone and mastered all sorts of magic. I was humbled that he enjoyed my magic, I certainly enjoyed his. Just to hear him tell stories of his times on the road, I was mesmerized. He was around magic and contributed to it in a big way. He was no-nonsense and was a real practitioner that didn't ascribe to over-thinking this stuff or getting caught up too much in the weeds. He was much more a doer and quite well-respected for it. I certainly had great respect for him and knew to listen rather than talk too much when he was laying down the history of this & that as he had lived and experienced it.

In our last communication in August he spoke happily of remission. This PM above and my response is one of the last ones I have from him, but for a few more over the months to come then. He was going through some stuff but in good spirits as he was always looking forward to getting better. My response back to him as to Cyrano was really about a "life well lived" and "courage" as to this part of his journey. And what a life he lived. Glad he shared some special moments with me here, sometimes short, sometimes long, but I appreciated every conversation, tutelage and critique on this & that as to magic and life. I certainly will miss him, as I miss another wonderful magician, creator and friend, Steve Dusheck. So happy these gentlemen saw something enough in me to share some of their time with me for years & years, moments at a time. 🎩

Good journey onward to you my friend, you old [b]SNEAKY, UNDERHANDED, DEVIOUS,& SURREPTITIOUS ITINERANT MOUNTEBANK[/b]. 😊 You were more than just a member of the Inner Circle here, you were the Inner Circle. Thank you always for coming my way sir...for coming our way here. 🙏🏽
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Mar 6, 2020 07:24AM)
Dick was always sending me stuff from his huge collection of magic. He mostly sent me items he knew I'd love (mostly ephemera, and books from the early 1900's).
In his last several months, he had sent me several different boxes of random magic items. He asked me to try and sell whatever I could, and we would split the profits. After I made a few sales, I asked where he wanted me to send his cut. He kept putting it off, saying to "Wait until we get to 'X' amount before you worry about sending anything." He told me that whenever I tried to send his share.

I sincerely believe Dick knew his time here was almost up, and this was just another situation where he put forth the time, effort, and love to help a friend (or "protege", as he jokingly and lovingly called me) in their time of need.



I was going through one of the boxes a few hours ago (the last one he ever shipped me). I was taking my time, and going over each item meticulously.
While going through a book from the 1910's, an index card fell out. On one side were the details, and on the other side were his little notes and comments.

My eyes followed as the index card landed in my lap. His unmistakable handwriting looking back at me. I couldn't help it. I just started bawling.

So here I am, my eyes still sore and red, my heart still broken, and the one person who can answer my questions is the one I'll never get to speak to again.


I just miss him so *** much.

If it wasn't for Dick, I would've never found my passion.
I'd have never known a lot of things had it not been for Dick.

I know I'm not the only person who Dick invested his time and effort in. But he sure knew how to make it feel like I was his favorite. He always knew how to help me. Be it with magic, or my personal life. He was always there, with the right thing to say.


I'll never go a day without missing you, Dick! I'll forever cherish all you taught me, and I'll tell anyone about you who will listen.

I love you, brother.
If there's another life, I'll see you there.

Your good friend.
Message: Posted by: Julie (Mar 6, 2020 12:30PM)
Hello Race

F.Y.I.> There's a very interesting cover article (Dick's smiling face is on the cover. I used to refer to this as his "big goofy grin") in the October 1980 issue of M.U.M. magazine.

He certainly is missed.

Julie
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Mar 6, 2020 11:49PM)
[quote]On Mar 6, 2020, Julie wrote:
Hello Race

F.Y.I.> There's a very interesting cover article (Dick's smiling face is on the cover. I used to refer to this as his "big goofy grin") in the October 1980 issue of M.U.M. magazine.

He certainly is missed.

Julie [/quote]


Thank you, I'll have to hunt that one down.

And yes he is. There hasn't been a day since his passing that I haven't sat and talked about him with my mother. She always loved that Dick and I were close, and she loved that Dick always asked me how she was doing with her health and whatnot. He was always concerned for the well being of others, which is why he was such a great teacher as well as a great person.

I've had his old performance flyers and the cover of his old lecture notes framed on my bedroom wall for years, but now it's nice to be able to see them and see him still wearing a smile.
Message: Posted by: FrankFindley (Mar 7, 2020 09:49AM)
Dick has some wonderful articles written about him all the way from his first days performing in the Navy through publication of his book and DVD. Does anyone know if the various publications release copyright restrictions for broken wands? If so, I will post them. Here are a few snippets:

[img]http://libertyassociate.com/TheMagicCafe/DickOslund6.jpg[/img]
[img]http://libertyassociate.com/TheMagicCafe/DickOslund2.jpg[/img]
[img]http://libertyassociate.com/TheMagicCafe/DickOslund5.jpg[/img]
[img]http://libertyassociate.com/TheMagicCafe/DickOslund1.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: The Mysterious One (Mar 17, 2020 10:40PM)
I have been away from the Café for the last few months. Just ran into this thread. So sorry to hear about the passing of Dick Oslund. He was and will always be a Café treasure! I enjoyed his stories, his zest for life that came across in his posts, and his timeless advice that came from years of hard earned experience. RIP Mr. Oslund.
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Mar 20, 2020 05:31AM)
I can't stress the following enough:
If Dick influenced anyone of your lives, hobbies, or careers, I beg you to find his book online and get yourself a copy, before it's OOP and unavailable.
I, myself, am searching for the hardcover edition I recently heard about. Dick never mentioned it to me, so I bought the large paperback edition with the accompanying DVD.

His book is a very fun read about his life, how he found magic as a kid, and his life on the road, performing for children at schools across the country (including my school in Kingsburg, CA in the 80's, which he actually still remembered).

When people use cliches like "they broke the mold when they made him", or "He's one of a kind/one in a million", they're usually using a bit of hyperbole.
But when speaking of Dick Oslund, to say "he was one of a kind" or "There'll never be another one like him" is almost an understatement.
I can't stress how full of love he was. He was never anything with me but helpful, concerned, respectful, and most of all he was very loving. He treated me like family, and I could feel that he meant it.

I feel lucky to have known him for the years I did, but of course I still wish we all had more time with him.
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Mar 23, 2020 06:38PM)
Race, hardcover for sale https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=710603&forum=78
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Apr 12, 2020 07:09PM)
I knew Dick for so many years and such a good friend. I am glad that he managed to get his book written though I still cringe at the numerous typos and proofing mistakes. Dick and I talked about me proofing a revised edition but it never was meant to be. The one really glaring example was the misidentification of my mentor, Horace Marshall, in the book.

Race, you were lucky to have had the chance to learn from Dick and still be young enough to make it happen for you. Remember as Dick always said.."It is show business with the emphasis on business". Remember that and you will be fine.
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Apr 17, 2020 02:52AM)
[quote]On Apr 12, 2020, hugmagic wrote:
I knew Dick for so many years and such a good friend. I am glad that he managed to get his book written though I still cringe at the numerous typos and proofing mistakes. Dick and I talked about me proofing a revised edition but it never was meant to be. The one really glaring example was the misidentification of my mentor, Horace Marshall, in the book.

Race, you were lucky to have had the chance to learn from Dick and still be young enough to make it happen for you. Remember as Dick always said.."It is show business with the emphasis on business". Remember that and you will be fine. [/quote]

Thank you! And yeah, I would go as far as to count myself one of the luckiest guys in the world. Not only did I get to become friends with someone I really looked up to, but he showed me the same love and respect that one would have for their immediate family.
The last ten years of my life have been fraught with health problems, and other things I don't like to talk about. But Dick was there for me when I had no one. He helped me get through a cloud of darkness and to the other side. I made sure I told him how important he was to me, often. But it doesn't make it any easier when he pops into my head and I wish I could talk to him again.
Though, I am nearly 40, and I feel that is the perfect age to get my act together (literally) and start doing some shows, keeping in mind everything Dick taught me.
Message: Posted by: funsway (May 4, 2020 06:19AM)
Last September Dick sent me a "special secret" in response to a discussion. I worked it into a new routine and sent him a copy,
but never got a response. SIgh!

But, I guess I can publish the routine now ...
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (May 5, 2020 10:59AM)
[quote]On May 4, 2020, funsway wrote:
Last September Dick sent me a "special secret" in response to a discussion. I worked it into a new routine and sent him a copy,
but never got a response. SIgh!

But, I guess I can publish the routine now ... [/quote]

If I remember correctly, this was when he was having issues with his computer crashing, and having it repaired took a little longer than expected.
He hated that "infernal peckenclacker", as he called it.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 4, 2020 04:25PM)
[quote]On Apr 12, 2020, hugmagic wrote:
I knew Dick for so many years and such a good friend. I am glad that he managed to get his book written though I still cringe at the numerous typos and proofing mistakes. Dick and I talked about me proofing a revised edition but it never was meant to be. The one really glaring example was the misidentification of my mentor, Horace Marshall, in the book.

[/quote]

Richard, I was astounded by the level of detail in the book, in terms of where Dick performed and when and who he met. What kind of resources was he working from? It seems like he must have saved every receipt and every program from every performance he ever did!
Message: Posted by: Russo (Jul 12, 2020 02:46PM)
Dick and I knew many of the same people - but we never met. Did talk looong times on the phone. He sent me a copy of his book, "The Road Scholar"-where I found we new so many of the same people. The book was a mail box surprise. Great guy. Miss his posts and calls.
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Jul 13, 2020 07:55PM)
Dick had a very sharp memory to the end. That is where the book details came from.