I Haven’t Been Everywhere (man) or Meeting Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash was quite the man. Born way before my time and passing away on my birthday, in September 2003 at the age of 71, he was an American Icon.  I became a Cash fan in the later stage of his life.  (During what some call the “American Recordings” era). I DID have the opportunity to meet him in the fall of 1991.  A friend was a roadie for David Copperfield.  I was waiting backstage

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Egyptian Hall: The First Time

The First Time I was on a preview visit to the University I was hoping to attend in Nashville, Tennessee. Somehow—not sure how—I’d heard that there was a museum of magic history in a suburb, of Nashville, called Brentwood. I had a great Uncle that lived in Brentwood so my parents were familiar with this upscale community. Perhaps that helped me as I convinced my mom and dad to take me there when we finished

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What My Granny Taught Me About Integrity

  When my maternal grandmother—Leda Mabry Flatt– passed away in May of 2006, and since I inherited the Flatt family gift of gab, my mother asked me to speak at the service. I was struck with, “What can I say at my granny’s funeral?” Each of my family members would have different memories that we could share of “Granny Flatt.” (She was “Granny,” not “Grandmother,” or “Nana” or any other term to us four grandchildren

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Carter Beat The Devil & I Found Wonder

You can see the poster image on this post of Carter the Great playing poker with the Devil himself. It’s a marvelous piece of art and a remembrance of the time when the Art of Magic had a public fascination with the fallen beings of the supernatural realm. (That’s another forthcoming post.) So of course, I, was thrilled when in August of 2001 mystery writer, Glen David Gold wove the exciting real-life magician Charles Carter

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