“A Tribute to Mr. Magic, Dick Williams” was a celebration of Mr. Magic’s show, Magicland. There were two shows: 8/29/09 and 8/30/09, at the Germantown Performing Art Center.
Magicland photos and clips were shown. There was touching video scrapbook showing Dick and Virginia during their early years together, photos of the family after their daughter Sherry was born, and photos through the next couple decades.
David Copperfield called in during both shows to say how Dick had encouraged him over the years, especially when he was just starting out in magic. Jerry "The King" Lawler was at the Sat. show and said how both Dick and his wife, Virginia, (deceased) were always genuine people. Lance Burton, who performs in Vegas, wrote Dick a letter that was presented to him, framed. Mike Blumenthal did a wonderful job entertaining in the lobby, with balloon sculptures.
Tony Brent emceed the tribute and performed throughout. Tony grew up watching Magicland and now has the Outta Control Magic Show (voted the "#1 Dinner Show" and the "Funniest Show in Orlando"). Tony has performed over 5000 shows in Orlando since 2000.
Michael Clayton performed the Zig Zag and later made a real rabbit appear. Rocky Clements performed the Light Cabinet (lightbulbs through a lady). Other performers: Steve Thomas, Mike Speros, and Doug Sparkman. Special thanks to Tim Rappel, who coordinated this tribute for Mr. Magic!
Mr. Magic attended both performances and met with fans afterwards. The tribute shows were full of great magic and memories!
Special thanks to Stacey's Bakery.com, of Olive Branch, MS for making a special cake for Mr. Magic with the two images, above, on the cake.