Magician or Mortician?

 

Patrick Hubble

This morning’s edition of the Lynchberg News and Advance asks the musical question, Magician or Mortician.

The paper comments on the similarity in costume between the two professions as modeled by “dignified funeral home director” and magician, Patrick Hubble.

Mr. Hubble is a member of the Society of American Magicians with a keen interest in magic in most of its forms.

Mr. Hubble has loved magic since he was just a young boy, through his years in the Navy, and while he studied mortuary science at L.A.’s Cypress College.

His hands are agile and skillful. Apparently those qualities make for a great mortician as well as a great magician. Mr. Hubble told reporters, “I had the disposition for it, to be able to handle being around death,” he explained. The amateur magician enjoyed his hobby and profession for similar reasons. “I like working with my hands and the restorative art came naturally to me. There’s a quirky, eccentric side to a lot of undertakers, too … I guess I’ve got a little of that kookiness in me as well to deal in an industry like this.”

The job of a full-time mortician is “challenging and stressful,” but “rewarding. After you’ve had to pick up deceased loved ones, when someone comes up and gives you a hug and thanks you, to know that you’re helping to give closure and are part of the healing process is a reward.”

“Patrick the Practicing Magician” works at local nursing homes to provide balance in his life. Makes sense: “I have a job that deals with death, so I gravitate toward something happy. Everybody enjoys magic and I like to give back to the community.”

Mr. Hubble receives accolades from his peers in magic shops and funeral homes. He believes compassion makes a difference in dealing with people as a magician or mortician.

 

Patrick Hubble

This morning’s edition of the Lynchberg News and Advance asks the musical question, Magician or Mortician.

The paper comments on the similarity in costume between the two professions as modeled by “dignified funeral home director” and magician, Patrick Hubble.

Mr. Hubble is a member of the Society of American Magicians with a keen interest in magic in most of its forms.

Mr. Hubble has loved magic since he was just a young boy, through his years in the Navy, and while he studied mortuary science at L.A.’s Cypress College.

His hands are agile and skillful. Apparently those qualities make for a great mortician as well as a great magician. Mr. Hubble told reporters, “I had the disposition for it, to be able to handle being around death,” he explained. The amateur magician enjoyed his hobby and profession for similar reasons. “I like working with my hands and the restorative art came naturally to me. There’s a quirky, eccentric side to a lot of undertakers, too … I guess I’ve got a little of that kookiness in me as well to deal in an industry like this.”

The job of a full-time mortician is “challenging and stressful,” but “rewarding. After you’ve had to pick up deceased loved ones, when someone comes up and gives you a hug and thanks you, to know that you’re helping to give closure and are part of the healing process is a reward.”

“Patrick the Practicing Magician” works at local nursing homes to provide balance in his life. Makes sense: “I have a job that deals with death, so I gravitate toward something happy. Everybody enjoys magic and I like to give back to the community.”

Mr. Hubble receives accolades from his peers in magic shops and funeral homes. He believes compassion makes a difference in dealing with people as a magician or mortician.

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