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Topic: RIP Dick Oslund
Message: Posted by: bkmeyer (Dec 3, 2019 08:53PM)
Sadly, according to Dick Oslund's nephew and other relatives, Dick passed away today (via Facebook). Dick was a mentor to so many, both formally and informally.

Bruce Meyer
Message: Posted by: Gerry Walkowski (Dec 4, 2019 04:45AM)
So sorry to hear that.

I was a huge fan.

Gerry
Message: Posted by: Jef Eaton (Dec 4, 2019 07:09AM)
DIck used to come and see us every year at the fair we did in Centerville IL along with Jerry Conklin. He was a wealth of knowledge and just a good guy that would share with any magician. He will be missed in the magic world.
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Dec 4, 2019 07:38AM)
So sad to hear this. Dick was a great guy who was a fellow road warrior and top pro in the school and family market for decades. He would often share his wealth of knowledge and experience to almost anyone serious in their intent just for the asking. I know he's regularly and often direct people to me for their business advice with the strongest recommendation which I always appreciated. I know he'd been battling health issues lately, but this is still such sad news. The community has lost one of the greats!
Message: Posted by: TomBoleware (Dec 4, 2019 08:37AM)
That is sad news. I really liked Dick. A good man for sure.

Tom
Message: Posted by: MichaelCGM (Dec 4, 2019 01:59PM)
RIP Dick.
Message: Posted by: Andy Gemini (Dec 4, 2019 02:55PM)
I did not know Dick but I messaged him once for some advice - he had the grace to reply, for which I was (and remain) very grateful.
R.I.P. Dick.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 4, 2019 06:37PM)
Thanks for letting us know. Dick was a true professional, especially knowledgeable about the school show business, and he shared that knowledge very graciously. RIP Dick.
Message: Posted by: danfreed (Dec 4, 2019 07:35PM)
I didn't know him personally, but he seemed like a good guy and he was helpful to the magic community.
Message: Posted by: TrickyRicky (Dec 4, 2019 07:52PM)
Sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was one of a kind --a very giving person. Always willing to share his knowledge with his fellow magicians.
My condolences to his family. He will be missed. A big loss to the magic art.
Tricky Ricky
Message: Posted by: Al Kazam the Magic Man (Dec 5, 2019 02:48AM)
RIP Dick. He was a great man and always generous with his knowledge. Sad day for magic.
Message: Posted by: Gerry Walkowski (Dec 5, 2019 04:14AM)
I enjoyed his book, Road Scholar, so much that I re-read it about four times. I can't say that about many magic publications.

Over the years I met Dick numerous times and always enjoyed our great conversations. He truly was a walking magic enclyopedia.

Gerry
Message: Posted by: Tim Snyder (Dec 5, 2019 11:37PM)
I regret never getting to me Dick in person. He was truly a very generous person who offered me much encouragement and instruction. He will be missed.
Message: Posted by: longdeademperor (Dec 8, 2019 12:28AM)
RIP Dick. Thanks for reaching out to me online and so generously sharing your knowledge. I will treasure your book and your advice. He even kindly sent me some zinc stearate so that my wooden drawer box would operate more smoothly! A class act.
Message: Posted by: Russo (Dec 8, 2019 12:50PM)
OOOHHHH - I only corresponded & met, with Dick through the 'Cafe', a couple letters and a long phone call - we were so much alike, close age, experience (though his longer as a Pro)- knowing many of the same people - he also sent me a copy of his 'Dick Oslund' the Road Scholar - We'll miss his looooong messages. Ralph (russo) Rousseau -Bye Friend
Message: Posted by: bowers (Dec 9, 2019 09:02PM)
So sorry to hear this news.
A very good man indeed and a wealth of knowledge
and experience.He shared several things with me.
Todd
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Dec 10, 2019 09:37AM)
I met Dick in the mid eighties when I worked in a brick and mortar. I was demonstrating a coin trick which used a French drop. After the customer left, Dick asked me to show him my French drop, he then took the coin and said, 'Nobody holds a coin like this, but they do hold them like this,' as he held the coin and did the vanish. He worked a few moments with me and I have used his handling since.
Message: Posted by: mtstic44 (Dec 19, 2019 03:41PM)
I am sorry to hear about Dick. I only knew him on the Café. I loved stories and all the greats he knew. He will be missed R.I.P.
Allen
Message: Posted by: Goldfield (Dec 24, 2019 05:15AM)
Rest peacefully brother..
Message: Posted by: Regan (Jan 6, 2020 11:13PM)
I am sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was always offering to help, and gave advice to me many times here at the Magic Café.

R.I.P. Dick
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jan 7, 2020 09:36PM)
R.I.P.
Message: Posted by: the fritz (Feb 5, 2020 06:58PM)
This is incredibly sad. I never met him personally but we emailed back and forth a few times. He sent me samples of rope he had with examples of different types of knots along with some instructions for a few effects he did with rope. I never asked him for this. It just showed up in my mailbox one day! What a generous gift and what a generous man he was to share all of his knowledge and experience with every person here. All they had to do was ask. I didn't know him well but I will certainly miss him. He used to love to let everyone know the type of rope he used was called "kernmantle." I won't soon forget that silly word because it will always remind me of a very generous man. I bought his book... twice (I had a softback and wanted the hardback). It is full of typos and has absolutely no table of contents which drives me crazy. How do you not put in a table of contents?! But you know what? That book is one of the most read books in my library. It is a book I will treasure for the rest of my life, simply because it was lovingly and generously offered so the rest of us could be better. Rest in peace, dear friend.
Message: Posted by: Gerry Walkowski (Feb 6, 2020 02:49AM)
The Fritz,

Like you, Dick Oslund sent me countless things throughout the years. If he came across something that he knew was of interest to me, he just mailed it with a note and never once asked to be reimbursed.

As I may have mentioned before, I read his book (the signed, hardback edition) numerous times and in fact, I'll probably read it again. That's how much I enjoyed reading about a real working magician and his interesting life.

Gerry
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Feb 6, 2020 11:41AM)
R.I.P. Dick,
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Feb 17, 2020 11:45PM)
I just saw this and am bawling my eyes out. Dick and I made friends several years ago and he instantly became my mentor. We spoke regularly until I started having health problems last year, and he started having issues with his computer.
He recently sent me some items to list on Ebay for him, and a few books he insisted I read.
We had gone a few months without speaking before, so I didn't start to worry until a few days ago, and when I looked for him on here and saw this my heart dropped.

I loved him like a father. He was always so concerned with me and my mother's health, even when he was fighting cancer.

I just don't know what to say. I loved him so much and I will miss him for the rest of my life. He was always so good to me. From our very first message, he treated me like family.


RIP dear friend. I love you.


For anyone who wants to see how amazing he was with the schoolkids he performed for across the country, here is a very small sample.

https://youtu.be/Ekuy7amAiL8
Message: Posted by: ThomasJ (Feb 18, 2020 11:19PM)
Dick’s posts always put a smile on my face. Wish I could have met him. Rest easy.