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Condolences to you. I recently lost my mentor, Jack Evans. All we can do is remember the joy they gave us.
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Thanks Ben for the kind words about Tom.

Tom was a good friend and mentor. I met him in 1994 and got together with him often. He moved to the other side of Canada around 2015 and although I haven't seen him since 2017, we regularly stayed in touch right up until the end.

He had a profound love and respect for the art, could do the work, and had a breadth and depth of knowledge. He put some of his knowledge in books and they are all worth taking a look at. I helped with the editing and sometimes photos for his books and so he always sent me digital copies. I just went through my ebooks and counted 8 books/manuscripts by Tom. This does not include all of the other material he published elsewhere (The Trapdoor, Antimony, etc.). He put out a lot of work. I always told him to put everything he's put out into a 'Collected Works'. Unfortunately it didn't happen.

In addition to writing he could perform. Stage, close up, mentalism, you name it. If you read "A Card Merely Thought of...." understand that he could do those techniques consistently and flawlessly. He was a master at 'thought of' card effects. He consulted as a magician to both stage and film. He produced a great 1 hr television show in Canada back in the 90's called, coincidently, the Magic of Canada and its on-line if you want to take a look. Again, he did a lot of great work.

All this to say that we lost someone very kind, humble, special, and yes classy.

I miss him very much. Condolences to Wenda and his family. RIP Tom.
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I got to see "A Dianoetic Rage" in person!
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I never met him, but I am grateful to Tom for doing the Open Prediction project. It brought together for a while those of us frequenting this branch of the Magic Café. Or at least I felt that it did.

I wish I could have seen A Dianoetic Rage. I have to express admiration that Tom could keep a secret to himself, unlike so many of us.

RIP Tom.
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Magic of Canada television show:
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THANK YOU, Mr. Darko! Smile
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WOW -- I haven't been on this site for some time now ... and this is the first thing that I read. I am so sorry to hear this. He was such a wonderful person; he will be sorely missed.

Please relay my condolences to his family and of course to all his friends
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Tom and I got to be good friends. We had many conversations on many of his effects that he was working on. He was the advisor for the documentary (Grand Illusions) for the entire series. Tom recommended me for that special.
A fabulous performer and every effect he did was a miracle.
A very kind, generous and giving person, always offering help to anyone in the business.
Another great one is gone. You will be missed.
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When I got started in Magic, Tom was the first Magician I saw Lecture. His Magic and Ideas were amazing to me. He was always open to sharing advice to me.
He also helped me a great deal and I remember him asking me to perform a Card routine I learned from him.
He was always pleasant and easy going and I am very glad I met him.
When he lectured at the Hat and Rabbit Club in Toronto, I had not see him in a long time. He spotted me in the audience and right away walked straight up to me and shook my hand.
I consider myself lucky to have met him and will always remember his kindness and Wonderful Magic.
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