2016 has not been a good year for artists. So far, we’ve lost Allan Rickman, David Bowie, George Kennedy and many more.
The magic world has been similarly hit recently by the death of Tom Mullica – one of the greatest magicians that you’ve probably never heard of.
Though I didn’t know Tom at all, he has been, and probably always will be, my favourite magician of all time. He’s the image I hold in my head of how I would like to be remembered when I’m performing.
For me, he’s the standard bearer.
And it’s not about the tricks. It’s not about the sleights.
It’s just about the man.
In this article, I mentioned a famous quote by Maya Angelou. It’s probably the one thing I bear in mind most when performing and Tom was a classic example of that.
Watching him perform was amazing.
Genuinely hilarious, genuinely magical and genuinely someone you were glad to spend time with.
If I’d have got a phone call asking if I wanted to watch Tom Mullica perform 300 miles away, I’d have gone.
If I’d have got a phone call asking me to go and watch Tom Mullica clean out his gutters, I’d have gone.
I wouldn’t care what he was doing. Just to be around the man would’ve been phenomenal.
It’s not about the magic, it’s not about the tricks. It’s all about the person you are and the feelings you can give people.
RIP Tom Mullica – my favourite magician.
Here’s a clip of Tom performing probably his most famous trick on the TV show “Stuff the White Rabbit”.