Remembering Johnny Thompson
Thinking about Johnny Thompson today, the Great Tomsoni, on the anniversary of his death, and sharing a photo of the Tomsoni button given out at his memorial service.
There doesn't seem to be much going on here within the Conjuror's Corner, but knowing those who practice the magical arts, it's hard to imagine fellows of this subforum not appreciating taking a moment to remember Johnny. He was one of the those men you would call a true gentleman, one who made you feel like you were better just by being around him (unless of course, you were focusing solely on magic, in which case, you might have felt like a better person, but maybe not as good of a magician as you would wish to have been in light of his brilliance). He was warm, and funny, and focused on you when you were with him. He was a gem.
Though I'm not a magician, he was my fellow Aristocrat, and when we would see each other through the years, we would always share a laugh about the night we met - the night he filmed his Aristocrats piece. I wish that I had stories to share of his care for the craft, at his eye for the art, but that wasn't how our friendship was; I was a fan of the man but not a student of his specialty, and therefore without the deep appreciative admiration of a fellow practitioner. I thought though, that perhaps here could be a place for anyone who loves magic to share their memories of him, his act, and his influence. Perhaps? Please do, if you can.