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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. :)
This book is unique for three reasons. First, the author, Al the Only, a top-flite magician himself, knew many of the individuals cited in the book and shares his inside insights that few would know. Second, he has transformed niche oral history into a permanent document, ensuring that hard-to-find information will not be lost over time. Third, this well written book is of interest not only to magic affectionados, but equally to those who enjoy touring cemetery circuits to discover hidden secrets of what lies below. A valuable contribution to this field of literature!
This was a recent pick at the American Museum of Magic's Book Club (Marshall, MI). As the Director of the museum, I only wish I had read it when I first started! Such a great introduction to the many wonderful magician's that helped inspire others and make Colon the magic capital of the world. I recommend it highly to all those interested in magic, Michigan history, and to all future employees of our museum.
This book explores another world. A small town frozen in time with a history that continues to grow.
The towns cemetery holds stories, history, love and friendship. Mr. Only, not only shares articles and stories on the lives of the magical and vaudevillians buried in the cemetery, he tells us of his personal experiences with some of these people of history.
This book is an easy and fun read for those interested in small town lore and the history of the early years of entertainment.
Once a year, Al conducts a guided tour of the Magic Graveyard in Colon Michigan. This book is the next best thing to actually being on the live tour. A lot of fantastic information about some of the great Magicians that have chosen to be laid to rest just outside of this sleepy little town, that is the Mecca of Magic. I hope you enjoy the book. I know I did. Thanks Al! Bob Brizendine
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 know quite a few people in The Magic Graveyard. Also, my grandparents and daughter are there. Al has done a great job in keeping the memory (as well as some great stories) of magicians buried there alive for all the future generations.