Dan Turcotte Passes

It is with great sadness we report the news of Dan Turcotte’s passing. We
learned of Mr. Turcotte’s passing from Chet in his request that we announce a
show to be dedicated to this great man and outstanding magician.

You can read Chet’s very moving essay on Mr. Turcotte’s passing here: http://chetmysteries.blogspot.com/

Mr. Turcotte was one of our craft’s true gentlemen, a fantastic magician,
honest businessman, creative and imaginative performer, and outstanding teacher.

We have dedicated much space on Inside Magic to his outstanding web site, You
Do Magic. We suggested a couple of years ago that to visit his site is to risk
losing much of your free-time and available spending money. Over the years, this
young man dedicated himself to the task of taping, editing, and offering lessons
teaching some of the best magic effects.

Unlike some sites purporting to teach magic or allow the visitor to discover
secrets, Mr. Turcotte’s inventory of video lessons needed no deceiving hype. His
lessons were clear, the methods were very often unique and innovative, and were
audience-tested.

Mr. Turcotte was a supporter of Inside Magic back when we had few visitors
and even fewer readers. His constant emails of support and exchange of ideas
kept us going when we were convinced there was no one reading; and encouraged us
to put out the best product possible regardless of our anticipated audience. We
fell short constantly in meeting the high-quality he insisted upon for his own
publications and in-person work but we were always inspired by him.

In December, we informed
readers Mr. Turcotte’s
cancer had come out of remission and he was to begin
immediate chemo-therapy. We asked for prayers for him and his family.

Rick Carruth the mastermind behind the blog Magic Bullets and the
outstanding newsletter Magic
Roadshow
, has an interview with Mr. Turcotte from last year.

Read Mr. Carruth’s interview with Mr. Turcotte here: http://www.streetmagic.info/eMagic12.html

Mr. Turcotte’s family did not ask us to write the following but we urge you
to visit You Do Magic at http://www.youdomagic.com to see the great material Mr.
Turcotte produced. We highly recommend you purchase — while they are still
available — the two DVD and one CD set of close-up magic titled Anywhere-Anytime. Without a doubt,
this is one of the best values in magic and filled with material you will use in
real-world shows.

Read the reviews of this great magic resource:

Chet on Magic Cafe: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=92689&forum=111&0

The review on MagicBunny: http://www.magicbunny.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=16089

Finally,
read Mr….

It is with great sadness we report the news of Dan Turcotte’s passing. We
learned of Mr. Turcotte’s passing from Chet in his request that we announce a
show to be dedicated to this great man and outstanding magician.

You can read Chet’s very moving essay on Mr. Turcotte’s passing here: http://chetmysteries.blogspot.com/

Mr. Turcotte was one of our craft’s true gentlemen, a fantastic magician,
honest businessman, creative and imaginative performer, and outstanding teacher.

We have dedicated much space on Inside Magic to his outstanding web site, You
Do Magic. We suggested a couple of years ago that to visit his site is to risk
losing much of your free-time and available spending money. Over the years, this
young man dedicated himself to the task of taping, editing, and offering lessons
teaching some of the best magic effects.

Unlike some sites purporting to teach magic or allow the visitor to discover
secrets, Mr. Turcotte’s inventory of video lessons needed no deceiving hype. His
lessons were clear, the methods were very often unique and innovative, and were
audience-tested.

Mr. Turcotte was a supporter of Inside Magic back when we had few visitors
and even fewer readers. His constant emails of support and exchange of ideas
kept us going when we were convinced there was no one reading; and encouraged us
to put out the best product possible regardless of our anticipated audience. We
fell short constantly in meeting the high-quality he insisted upon for his own
publications and in-person work but we were always inspired by him.

In December, we informed
readers Mr. Turcotte’s
cancer had come out of remission and he was to begin
immediate chemo-therapy. We asked for prayers for him and his family.

Rick Carruth the mastermind behind the blog Magic Bullets and the
outstanding newsletter Magic
Roadshow
, has an interview with Mr. Turcotte from last year.

Read Mr. Carruth’s interview with Mr. Turcotte here: http://www.streetmagic.info/eMagic12.html

Mr. Turcotte’s family did not ask us to write the following but we urge you
to visit You Do Magic at http://www.youdomagic.com to see the great material Mr.
Turcotte produced. We highly recommend you purchase — while they are still
available — the two DVD and one CD set of close-up magic titled Anywhere-Anytime. Without a doubt,
this is one of the best values in magic and filled with material you will use in
real-world shows.

Read the reviews of this great magic resource:

Chet on Magic Cafe: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=92689&forum=111&0

The review on MagicBunny: http://www.magicbunny.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=16089

Finally,
read Mr. Carruth’s review here: http://www.streetmagic.info/eMagic15.html

The site provided important financial support for Mr. Turcotte’s family and
your purchases now would be even more appreciated.

Magic has lost a wonderful person and outstanding contributor. Our prayers
are with Mr. Turcotte’s family and those who cared for him.


Good Ol’ Chet to Present Mind-Reading Show Dedicated to
Dan Turcotte

Chet writes:

A short li’l mentalism show, nothing extravagant, will be taped on 24
September at 2 pm, at the Be Amazing Magic store’s theatre.

Chet (aka “the Adequate Chet” and “Good Ol’ Chet”) will present mind-reading
and psychic entertainment for fun and grins.

Chet wishes to dedicate this show to his good friend Dan Turcotte, who died
last Sunday morning. Dan taught Chet so much about audience direction and
appreciation, and was one of the great close-up magicians.

Chet hopes to keep Dan in the public eye and encourage them to buy Dan’s DVDs
so that everyone in the world can see this marvelous, magical guy enchant
grown-ups and children alike.

Further information may be obtained by calling Chet at 614-414-1000, suite
124. You could call Be Amazing Magic, but that would just tie up Larry’s time
and I’d have to look up the number.

Thank you, Chet.


www.youdomagic.com — Be Careful!

[The following is a reprint of an article we wrote about Mr. Turcotte from
August 6th, 2003]

By Tim Quinlan Wed, 6 Aug 2003, 01:17:00

“Hello, I’m Tim, and I have a problem.”

I waited for the obligatory response.

It came.

“Hi, Tim!” the crowd was responsive and full.

This was my first time before the Magic Anonymous. I’d heard about it, sure,
we all have. We never thought we needed it though. We could stop at any time. Or
so we thought. Sure, we could drive right by a magic shop ? if we wanted to. We
could not buy something we’ll never use at a magic convention ? but there are
things we need.

“I’m a magicholic,” I admitted. If it wasn’t for the microphone in front of
my sweating face, I doubt the crowd would have heard it but they did. I knew
this was the right thing to do.

There was silence. They knew that I had the same problem as them ? why else
would I be there? Sure, there were the multi-addicted folks in the crowd: the
magic/juggling/clowning/ventriloquist folks but they all shared my problem; our
problem.

I started my tale of woe. There were nods from some of the members. They’d
been where I was. They’d lived the hell that I’d lived: buying fanning cards
even though they’d never done a fan act ever; purchasing the blueprints and
plans for tricks they’d never build. And of course, the tell-tale sign of Magic
Addiction: buying thousands of decks of cards (both trick and normal) to the
point where they could no longer tell which decks were gimmicked and which were
normal.

I stopped and looked at the crowd. If I was doing a Six-Card-Repeat or a Torn
and Restored Newspaper, I’d know that I had the climax just sitting in the
wings. But my climax here was something they wouldn’t expect. I cleared my
throat and looked down.

“I have logged onto www.youdomagic.com.”

I waited for the reaction and I didn’t have to wait long.

“Oh, My Gosh!” I heard one poor juggler wail as she dropped her clubs to the
floor.

Two vent figures shook their heads ? not in disgust but in sympathetic
angst.

I started to defend myself, “I couldn’t help it. Someone showed me the site
and then . . .”

I couldn’t finish. I was choked up. A young female assistant offered me a
silk fountain to wipe my tears. I thanked her and handed back ? involuntarily ?
my empty bird load.

The rest of the confession was filled with chokes and tears. It was hard but
I got through it. When I was done, I was greeted by my fellow magicholics. Over
drinks at the back of the room, some admitted to me that they had seen the
site.

One poor woman told me she worked for a XXX-Rated web site and got in trouble
because her bosses found out she was secretly downloading lessons from
youdomagic.com.

I wanted to be compassionate for her but I reminded her that stealing web
time was just like stealing office supplies and that she should turn herself
into the police. She thought I was joking but I wasn’t.

Why is youdomagic.com so addicting?

Well, first of all, the format is perfect for us. It gives you the impression
that there are thousands of things to see. Your eyes go crazy, your mind
races.

But it is not just eye-candy. It is also substance. It’s like the gambler
finding a sure thing that really is a sure thing.

Dan Turcotte is a man of substance. We’ll have a Celebrity Interview with him
later this week. He cares about magic and does it well. It takes a ton of
ability and a ton and a half of confidence to do what he has done. He is giving
his routines for some of the classics of magic for you to learn.

Want to learn how to do card to pocket? Crazy Man’s Handcuffs? The Best
Invisible Deck Routine?

You need to click on to www.youdomagic.com.

I promise that you will be impressed by the variety and the detail of the
routines he provides. Dan has been there and is still there. He does magic and
he entertains. In many of the routines, you get to see his performance pieces as
well as his instruction.

Can I be honest?

There are many out there in the web that would take your money and give you
nothing. I still have not been able to stop my receding hair line with the
mixture of bee pollen and musk oil and I haven’t had a date in years ? that
could be more because my wife would frown on it. (I have, however, been
attracted to musk and flowers).

This site, however, is different. It delivers. Check it out and then meet me
in the basement at the church down at Main and 4th ? by the Amoco Station ? and
confess that you too are like us.


Final Notes

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ideas, send it along to tim@insidemagic.com. If you have an upcoming event,
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Thank you again for all of the feedback and support!

tim

? 2005 Inside Magic Daily News

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