by Wouldn't you like to know?
I know I’m extremely late to this, but I needed some time to flesh out what I wanted to say.
We’ve lost two monster names in the magic world last week; Robert (Bob) Cassidy and Daryl Martinez AKA Daryl Easton.
I never knew or spoke with Bob, but seeing the sheer breadth of his knowledge, influence and exposure in both the mentalism and magic in general, he has been nothing but highly spoken of in the group of people I look to for their opinions, advice and thoughts. My sincerest condolences to his family, friends and students around the world.
For Daryl, I remember first seeing a friend perform some of his work and spending months and hundred of dollars, hoarding basically every book, manuscript and DVD he’s ever done, even buying the reprints of his first books recently redone by Vanishing Inc. I spoke with him a few times via email, and cannot say anything but good things for how he spoke to me, and his enthusiasm about magic; not his own magic, but magic in general
He was among the first guys in the 80’s/90’s to collate the best effects, methods and techniques, along with people like Michael Ammar, to the mainstream market in a format that wasn’t written.
Some will say videos will never be as valuable as a magic book, but all it really did was complement the written word and make it accessible to so many more people; not just for what Daryl created himself, but the ideas, techniques, effect/routine structure and tips that he had painstakingly spent his life searching out, learning and using. It brought the magic scene into the new world. We all still know and use something we’ve learned from Daryl, even if it wasn’t his, that would have otherwise never been known if it weren’t for him. And for that, I say, thank you.
For Daryl’s unexpected passing, the below message has been shared around on Facebook from some big names in support for his family in this time of grieving:
PLEASE DONATE TO THE DARYL EASTON FAMILY FUND
The office at the Magic Castle has received calls from members and magicians around the world, asking how one can offer support and donations to the Daryl Easton family.
The Academy of Magical Arts has now established a fund to receive donations for Alison Easton, Daryl’s wife, and their two daughters. You can also send bereavement cards for Alison to the AMA offices as well, who will forward them to the family.
If you would like to make a donation to the family, please send a check payable to “The Academy of Magical Arts, Easton Family Fund” to:
The Academy of Magical Arts
ATT: Daryl Easton Family Fund
7001 Franklin Ave
Hollywood CA 90028
If you would like to donate via credit card, please call
Trish Alaskey at 323-851-3313 ext. 301.
The Academy will work with Alison and the family, and pick a date in the future to hold a memorial for Daryl.
If you have any questions, please email the General Manager, Joe Furlow, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As time goes on, the people we grew up with, looked up to and idolised will become fewer and fewer. Be good to one another, don’t be a cunt to each other (I’m looking at you, Joe Monti, you complete fuckwad) and share your ideas.