The Magic Graveyard (2019 Edition): The stories and secrets of the magicians resting in a small-town cemetery… and why they’re buried there!

by Al The Only

Lakeside Cemetery, just outside the village of Colon, Michigan — The Magic Capitol of the World, has the distinction of having the most magicians buried in one place, anywhere in the world.

Stories, anecdotes, historical facts and lighthearted commentary make The Magic Graveyard a fun read. This 400-page coffee table book with over 270 photos and illustrations, tells the stories of 39 fascinating magicians.

Take a tour of a magic graveyard.

Why would magicians, whose careers spanned the globe, want to be laid to rest in a tiny cemetery in a small farming town in southwest Michigan?

A clown, a pickpocket and an automotive magazine editor show up in a cemetery… They were dying to get there! (add rim shot)

The Magic Graveyard reveals the stories and buried secrets of the entertainers who have chosen this resting place to perform their final vanishing act.

Magician Al The Only shows you the bare bones to a self-guided tour of Lakeside Cemetery. It has the most magicians interred in one place anywhere in the world. Read the stories buried in these pages of their colorful careers. From the year 1942 to the present experience the histories engraved in stone. This book has lots of plots portraying their illustrious lives.

These people have something in common! A Vaudevillian, a Playbill Poster Posterer, a Metal Worker, a Magician, a Steel Worker, a Blind Man, a Juggler, a Sales Rep, a Farm Boy, an Orchestra Leader (Big Band Leader), a Banjo Player, a Factory Owner, a Milkman, a Photographer, an Automotive Magazine Editor, a Collector, a Newsman, a Clown, Military Veterans (of World War I, World War II, and Vietnam), a TV Personality, a Pickpocket, a Barber Beauty Supply Salesman, a Minister, an Eagle Scout, a Circus Performer, a Bolt Manufacturer, a Recluse, a Drummer, a photo journalist, a magic consultant, a Red Skelton tribute performer, a magic shop owner, a court reporter, a lobbyist, and an Advertising Executive ALL did magic as a hobby, a sideline or as a profession; and their stories can be found in the pages of The Magic Graveyard.

The stories come to life; each chapter is a brief biography; read about Skippy LaMore, Ted Banks (Edward Coppin), Jesse Thornton, Harry Blackstone Sr., Peter Bouton, Jack Gwynne, Duke Stern, Fred Merrill, Bill Baird, Recil Bordner, Monk Watson, Inez Blackstone Kitchen, Glenn Babbs, Vince Fabek, Little Johnny Jones, Bob Lund, Harry Blackstone Jr., Karrell Fox, Don Alan, Ricki Dunn, Jack Rench, Marx Straw, John Booth, Jack Barrows, Roy Huston, Jerry Conklin, Hank Moorehouse, David Bendix, Phil Willmarth, Tom Mullica, Charles Windley, David Linsell, David Odette, Bill Watson, Denny Haney, and Johnny Thompson. There’s even a chapter on where Percy Abbott may be buried.

Learn why stones and coins are left on gravestones. Discover the history of Lakeside Cemetery and why people make a yearly pilgrimage to there. Included are poems by Karrell Fox “The Heavenly Magic Show” and Jack Barrows’ “If You Believe” and a cartoon by Tom Cheney.

Author: Al The Only
Editors: Lori Ulman, John Sherwood and Steve Zieman
Foreword by Gay Blackstone
Epilogue by Tom Mullica
Contributors: Johnny Thompson, Norm Nielsen and Gabe Fajuri
Cover art by graphic artist Colton Ames and magicians Chris Blackmore and John Shyrock

Voila! A 20-minute documentary about a small town annually taken over by magicians

"The Verge" visits the Magic Capitol of the World. Segments with visits to the cemetery are at time marks 7:31 and 12:57, but watch the entire video and enjoy a peek into a very special place on earth.

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