Not a good month for skepticism.
Early reports on the Genii (magic magazine) forums that Jerry Andrus has died (and now also on his web site). Jerry has long been a staple at The Amaz!ng Meeting in Las Vegas, which is where I first met him. He was a longtime friend of James Randi and a true genius in the magic world, as demonstrated by his wonderful optical illusions.
At TAM5 there was talk of a bio in the works on Jerry’s life. I’ll certainly be grabbing that as soon as it debuts.
This video, linked from the Genii boards, is worth a watch for those who hadn't heard of him:
YouTube has a bunch of other videos as well:
I used to volunteer at Boston's Museum of Science, which had several of Jerry's illusions on display. — should still be there. — 2nd Floor if anyone visits.
I met him for the first time though at TAM 5.
he will be missed.
Damn! I really liked him. His moving dragon head thingy got me fascinated in his work. This HAS been a pretty crappy month!
Wow, I hadn't realized the Paper Dragon was one of his…that has to be one of the most persistent illusions I've ever seen. Pity I'm only finding out about the man behind it now that he's died. So it goes…
Damn. That sucks. His displays always made the breaks during TAM so much more entertaining :?
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