Mr. Gillis was always so kind and supportive of the Magic Arts and Inside Magic. He was the consummate performer and could hold a room better than anyone we ever saw. He was famous for his performances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and among magicians for his high-energy work at The Magic Castle. His two-person telepathy act with his partner Sisuepahn was not only baffling but so entertaining, we wanted it to continue all night.
One of our greatest honors was being asked by Mr. Gillis if he could squeeze in to perform ahead of our spot in the cellar of The Magic Castle. We could not stop smiling and nodding as we took a position to the side of the room and watched how magic should be done. He was simply amazing.
Our prayers are with Mr. Gillis and Sisuepahn and all who have lost so much in his passing.
The Magic Castle’s Founder, Milt Larsen, has written a special tribute to Mr. Gillis here.