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mormonyoyoman
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'Til we meet again.

Dan Turcotte ended his battle with cancer two days ago on Sunday morning, September 18.

I wish there was another section this post could go, because the "Looking Out for Our Own" forum isn't exactly correct - there's no further needs that Dan has. On the other hand, Andrea is going to be going through some very rough times, especially after the initial shock wears off. Widow's grief really tends to hit three to four weeks after the funeral, when all the friends had relatives have scattered back to their own lives and the loneliness sets in. I ask that those who know her, do not forget her.

In this life, Dan loved entertaining more than anything other than his wife and his daughter. When he lost the use of his left side last December, when they found the tumors in his brain, he still worked to get his DVDs distributed -- not solely to make a living for his wife and daughter, but because he wanted - even if only digitally - to continue entertaining people.

He loved teaching and he loved working with children. Most of us find working with children just a little bit frightening, because they are the toughest of audiences. But when one wins them over, they're the most appreciative. Dan always won them over.

The visitation is at 3 pm today; the memorial service is at 4 pm, and the memorial service is to be a celebration the way Dan wanted. His life was magical and he loved bringing magic into the lives of his audiences, and he absolutely delighted in doing so right under their noses. Though he succeeded on stage, he remained fondest of close-up work and encouraged that in me. He ended up teaching me most of what I know when it comes to audience direction, and he taught me to find the best workers and to seek wisdome from them.

I have absolutely no doubt that Dan is learning more about life and hope now, and that he carries with him the joy and fun of magic. I have no doubt that he will continue to entertain grown-ups and children - especially children - through the eternities. And I have no doubt that he prepares for his loved ones, and hopes they continue to remember him well.

And that he's seeking out the best teachers of the past, because Dan was - in this life - ever-learning. I see no reason to doubt that he continues to learn and to grow. And maybe - just maybe - he's a little less stubborn.

For instance, I think he'd urge anyone who currently smokes to stop now, and give their families a few more years of their lives. And if one hasn't started, to never start. We might have had Dan quite a few more years.

One of my greatest regrets is that I'm in Ohio and can't make it to the service in time. I'd love to tell Andrea, face to face, how much Dan meant to me.

This Saturday at 2 pm, I'll be doing a show at Be Amazing Magic's theatre, and that show will be dedicated to Dan -- for all that he taught me, encouraged me, and befriended me.

Our loss is great. Andrea's is greater. But Dan has an inconquerable spirit, and he won't be leaving her completely alone.

*jeep!
--Chet, who misses his friend
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I Pray That His Family Receives Some Comfort During Their Time Of Grief And That

His Memory And Good Deeds Live On Forever.

Sincerely,

Vincent
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Dan was an influnece on me (through the miracle of the internet.) He'll be missed. My prayers are with his family.

Jack
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I benefited from Dan's downloadable magic instruction and followed the bits and pieces of news about his health (here in the Café and in his newsletter) with the uneasy mixture of hope and apprehension that attends a serious illness. Sounds like he and his family had quite a struggle, with,at last, some relief along with the loss and sorrow.
Wishing his family healing and comfort in the months ahead.
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May God bring peace and clarity to Dan's family .


Dan , through the magic of email and video , taught me many effects but more importantly than that, he taught how to interact with your spectators.

Godspeed ,Dan, Godspeed you to your well deserved rest.
Have a Magical Day!
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My sincere condolences and prayers for God's Grace and mercy to strengthen dan's family in this time of loss.

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I purchased his complete dvd set back in July, and was very impressed with him.

We exchanged several emails, and I was so impressed with his genuine curiosity about what I do, and also that he didn't complain in spite of his condition.

From all that I've heard, I'm sorry that I didn't have the chance to know him better.
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Is there an update on how his family is doing ?
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I spoke to his mother on the phone two nights ago, and she's doing as well as can be expected. Though everyone knew this was inevitable and were prepared, it's still been a great shock to her.

Andrea, his wife, is holding up admirably, and trying to keep very busy - you know how work can help you through grieving. She's finally moved into the home that she and Dan had been building for the past year, and she's working to keep his memory alive. Dan's legacy to her was magic and more than magic. She'll continue to handle the sales of the DVDs unless someday the sales become more than one person can handle. That way, more and more people will get the opportunity to learn from Dan and to see what a wonderful entertainer he was in this life.

*jeep!
--Chet
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