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This is a wonderful book that is truly filled with great stories of magicians past. If you have never been to Colon, MI but have always wanted to go on the Graveyard Tour this book will help fulfill that quest. The write has done his due diligence in getting the facts correct. I highly recommend this book to anyone. This book is not just for magicians it is for the public as well. In the book you will get acquainted with the Magic Capital of the World. The tiny town of Colon, Michigan.
I am an 72 year old magician. This book brought back many memories as I remember and have met many of these men and women. The book is well written and has a picture of each grave and the person who lies there.
Given as a gift to my best friend who is a professional magician, I was really happy that he knew of this graveyard, and had fellow magician's buried there, and found it really interesting to read! It was a great gift!
What a wonderful book for those into magic history. I've been going to the Abbott Magic Get Together for many years and I've also been to the local cemetery many times. This is where many of the greats of magic and entertainment are buried. In the past few years I've had the honor of taking Al's guided tour of this magic graveyard. When I heard Al wrote a book about the cemetery, I knew I had to get one. There are so many funny and interesting stories behind the many characters that are buried there packed into this book. Even if you've taken Al's tour before, you need this book. I'd highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in a fun read about a magical place in the lower Colon area. :)
Loved this book very much very well written and as that I lived in Colon Mi off and on all my life as well as family members some still there it took me back seeing the street names and peoples names that I heard my Grandparents speak of so often...Fond memories indeed and the next time I go to Colon I will visit the graveyard again....We were not allowed as children to go down on Blackstone Island and there was never a problem as we were all scared to death of it.....Such a great book I did not know there were so many magicians there.
Imagine this: There's a graveyard at the edge of a small town in Southwestern Michigan where many of the worlds finest magicians are buried. Well, it's true. How did this come to be? Who were these people? These are the intriguing stories told in The Magic Graveyard. It's a carefully and respectfully researched tribute to these entertainers that serves to bring their stories back to life for us to learn about and enjoy. In life, these were people who brought joy and amazement to audiences throughout the world. The Magic Graveyard tells us who these people were beyond the names we now see etched in stone. Magician Al The Only (who has here re-defined the term "ghost writer") has written this book from the heart, carefully documenting and adding to what began as oral tradition handed down from magician to magician. By reading The Magic Graveyard, you get a rare and fascinating insight into the lives of an uncommon group of celebrated people.
I love this book. It provides a link to some truly remarkable characters from magic's past. Regardless if you've ever attended an Abbott's Magic Get Together or not, you'll be drawn into their world and learn just how strong a bond is formed by magic and magicians. A bond so strong that it compels magical friends to be together in death as they were in life. If you are not able to take a trip to Colon, Michigan to tour the Lakeside Cemetery in person, reading "The Magic Graveyard" is the next best thing. And if you are able to visit the "magician's graveyard" in person you will absolutely need this book to fully appreciate what you are seeing. Al the Only has provided a wonderful resource not only for magicians and history buffs, but for anyone that enjoys looking inside the human condition.