We just posted our article congratulating Hank Moorehouse on his well-deserved Melbourne Christopher Lifetime Achievement Award and seconds later received word Mr. Moorehouse has passed away.
The news came from Alan Watson:
“Just heard from Wayne Roger and the Society of American Magicians that Past National President Hank Moorehouse passed away last night while touring in China.”
We are stunned and deeply saddened. As we note in our previous article, Mr. Moorehouse was so involved in Magic and such a positive force for magicians in Michigan, it will be hard to imagine things without him.
He had perfect timing and knew his audiences well. Mr. Moorehouse was inventive, creative, practical and commercial. He knew good magic when he saw it and that eye gave his recommendations enormous credibility.
We will publish additional information about Mr. Moorehouse’s passing when we receive it. Our prayers are with the Moorehouse family and all those who are no doubt grieving this shocking news.
While enjoying the society and sorcery here in Dallas, we look forward to the next big convention on our dance card, The Society of American Magicians (“SAM”) Convention set for July 13 – 16 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Hank Moorehouse is beloved in Michigan (home of this very magic news website) and, it seems, the rest of the world outside The Great Lakes State.
Mr. Moorehouse will receive the Milbourne Christopher Foundation Lifetime Achievement award on the final day of the convention.
Mr. Moorehouse served magic and the SAM well over the years. He served as Executive Show producer for 16 years as well as the Society’s National President from 1981 – 1982. He clearly knows good magic when he sees it. As a booker, he engaged more than 500 performers from around the world and brought more than 35 foreign acts to the U.S. for the first time. He was Artistic Director for the joint IBM-SAM Convention in 2008 as well as 2009 FISM Championships in Beijing, China.
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