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Alex L. Molina
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Hello All Smile

Happy Holidays...

Just wanted to post a Remembrance this Holiday Season for two of my good friends (surely good friends of many of you here too) who passed-way in recent years - way too soon

Carl "POLARIS" Mellish

Chappy Brazil

RIP, Guys - you may not be able to "fool" the Angels - lol - but I'm sure you're Entertaining them Smile
"YOU Are The MAGIC"

Peace, Love, & Success
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BTW, for those of us who didn't have the pleasure of knowing them...

POLARIS was one of the top Buskers in NYC & traveled the USA performing his Street Act, part of which he credits Jeff McBride with allowing him to utilize a similar "mask" routine Jeff is of course famously known for & giving him performance tips/pointers;

CHAPPY was also one of the top Buskers in NYC/USA & also Abroad, most likely most known for his Watch Steal & the instructional video on the subject he produced with the equally talented Charles Bach.

Both Polaris/Chappy were also very generous Magicians always eager to share their vast knowledge/techniques/routines with fellow Magicians.
"YOU Are The MAGIC"

Peace, Love, & Success
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I had the pleasure and honor working with Polaris at a few festivals in Atlanta,GA, He knew how to draw a crown and turn the "tip". He's missed.
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Hey charliemartin Smile

he's missed indeed - yes he was one of the best "crowd-keepers" & "hat-passers" I've witnessed - thanks for sharing your Remembrance of him, Bro Smile
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Polaris, was the reason I got into magic,he was working at Webster Hall and I saw him performing once... he fried me and the rest of my friends that were watching,after he finished performing we talked about magic etc, and the next days I went to tannen's,he was working there and suggested some books which I bought and then after he finished work we went to a macdonald on 23rd street,i believe tannen's was on 25th street back then on the late 90s, and he gave me a 2hrs private lesson , after that we became friends and I started going to webster hall more often to hang out with him.

Such a great and humble guy. I certainly missing a lot and I will always remember him, he died around my birthday.

RIP Brother.
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I too experienced Carl at Tannens, was a blast. He was also on an early IMS DVD and did a smooth rising card which coincidently enough, I saw him do at Tannens too.
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I just saw this. I knew Polaris in the mid-90s. Great guy. Wonderful laugh. I hung with him many a night at Webster Hall. I used to marvel at the risk he took when doing a floating bill. It was so chancy but he got away with it night after night.

Great guy and will be missed.

Greg
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Carl is the reason I do what I do today. I'd seen magicians at computer trade shows, and figured I wanted to do some of what they do as well. So I bought gaffed decks...lots of them. And I could do 17 effects, but I had to carry 17 decks with me. One day, I was in Tannen's, and a fellow asked me, "do you have a *regular* deck?" I did, and I gave him my deck. He asked me to stop on a card, which I did. He noted that my card wasn't on top of the deck, or on the bottom, then asked the tap the deck. I did. "Turn over the top card," he said. I did. It was my card.

I was stunned. That was MY deck, and he'd performed a miracle. I decided at that moment that if I was going to do anything in magic, it had better be with a regular deck, and it had better be performed to the best of my ability. That day, I bought several VHS tapes from a fellow I'd seen perform at one of those trade shows....Michael Ammar. And I haven't looked back.

I've been fortunate enough to perform at the Magic Castle. I've attended several 4Fs. I'm just back from London's Magic Circle. And I would have done none of this, none of it at all, if Polaris hadn't fooled the daylights out of me that one New York day, and challenged me to do better.

Thanks, Carl. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Cheers,
Steve

"A trick does not fool the eyes, but fools the brain." -- John Mulholland
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