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Richard Kaufman
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With a heavy heart I report that my friend Geoff Latta, known around the world as one of the finest close-up card and coin workers, died Tuesday morning at the age of 51 from the effects of alcoholism.

He leaves behind a lot of friends who wished they could have done more to help, but realize that sometimes it's impossible and things just have to play out in their own way.

He also leaves behind a 6 year old daughter, whom he described as the light of his life.

A memorial service will be held this coming Monday, August 25th, at the Greenwich Village (aka Crestwood) Funeral Home located at 199 Bleecker Street in New York City. The service will last from 7 pm to 9 pm. ALL are welcome. His mother would appreciate it if any and all magicians who knew Geoff, or simply admired his work, would come.

The website of the funeral home is here:
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Very sad news.

Richard, thanks for letting us know.
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the saddest are, "It might have been"

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Geoff was one of the founding members of our group New York Coin Magic. He was a brilliant performer and thinker, who I have known for over twenty years. Many people have asked why Geoff left the group, but we felt Geoff's problems should not become magician gossip so we never discussed them. Geoff had been battling his demons for a very long time, and after nearly dying a year ago, we had hoped that his prior health scares would push him to find the way. Unfortunately, they did not. He has given the magic world some incredible magic, and we are proud that at least some of his thinking and brilliant and innovative ideas have been recorded both on DVD and in the literature. Steve Minch was going to put out a book on his work, I am sure that it will be well received. Life takes strange turns sometimes. Geoff had all the ability, and he will be missed.
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I am sadedened to hear about this.
His work was amazing and I looked up to him as a performer.

Safe journey Geoff,
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I am so sorry to hear of this teribble news . I can't believe this has happened/
Jeff was taken away so young.
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I am so sorry to hear that. I was just thinking of him today, while explaining my usage of term and sleight, "The Downs Pop," which was named for the combining of two moves, T. Nelson Downs' "Downs Palm" and Geoff Latta's "French Pop."

Latta was an amazing magician and coin man. I enjoyed watching his technique and brilliance. He will be missed greatly. My deepest respect and condolences to his family and to his NY Coin Guys.

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Sorry to hear about this news. I didn't know Geoff personally, but I will try to be there on Monday.

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Much sympathies to his family and friends.
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Only got to meet him a few times, but from what little I saw, he was a treasure to magic. He will be missed by all.
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Wow I am shocked, the world has lost one of the greatest performers ever to hit the earth.
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This is just so sad. I met Geoff only once in NYC at the first coin seminar; it was such a small group that it allowed for really great, personal instruction. He was very patient and took the time to work with me for a bit. It is a memory I haven't forgotten. Thanks to Dr.Mike I have a great picture of Geoff fooling me badly. Such a loss - my sincere condolences to his family and friends.
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Hi All,

I am saddened by Geoff's passing. I had the good fortune to meet Geoff many years ago and got to see him work in his "prime". His was the story of the tortured artist. He couldn't perform for larger groups...he would just shake so much. But put him at a table with a half a dozen people and there was no better sleight of hand artist in the world. I continually told people for years that he was the best technician I ever saw. Cards or coins, it didn't matter. His pass was legendary. his coin work, sublime.
He went undegorund for quite a while.I kept trying to get him out to do a lecture, but he demured. I guess Roth and Rubinstein were far more tenacious and they got him to join the NYCS. Now a whole new generation would find out what the buzz was all about. Yes, he still shook when performing for a large group, but he got up and did it. And he did some brilliant material. I was lucky enough to have him at our home for two of the NYCS events and the filming of the DVD's. At least we have a tangible memory of his work for future generations. Geoff had his problems and they eventually did him in, but at his core he loved magic and cared about magic. Tonight, I will toast his memory. I will miss him and the world of magic is poorer for his passing. Sleep well Geoff.

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I am sadden by this news, as someone who has recently(3 days ago) a family member I know how hard this can be, however the memories I have of Geoff are fantastic and what I have learned from him over the years through reading and watching his material has had a huge impact on my work.

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He was an amazing magician, I'm deeply saddened by this news.
He died way too early. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Rest in peace Geoff.
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I so sorry to hear this heart-breaking news. May he rest in peace!

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It's extremely sad news.
Peace to Geoff and his family.
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R.I.P Mr. Latta.
"Get a life dude." -some guy in a magic forum
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He was a great technician.

R.I.P. Mr. Latta.
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Horrible news, this is truly saddening. The man's work was brilliant and his ideas were always a breath of fresh air. Magic is truly worse off as a whole today.

R.I.P. Geoff

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Very sad news indeed. My thoughts go out to his family. It's always tragic when someone with so much to offer can't see it for themselves.

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