Ron Mandrake was the son of famed magician Leon Mandrake and although he died young I had the chance to call him friend for many years. He was one of those people that believed in me when I was living in the basement of a house in East Vancouver, with twenty people living upstairs. He always knew I was going to be a great magician, like his Dad. I don’t think I have achieved that kind of success yet, but every time I doubt myself I can hear him telling me how I can do it.
Ron never made it as a full time magician as he had many other responsibilities to tend to in his short lived life. First and foremost for him were his two sons. Sean and Jerome. I lost touch with these two before they became teens. Yesterday I was reunited with them through Facebook. Sean married the love of his life on Saturday and Jerome is working on a career as a singer. He has a great look and fantastic voice. He has his Fathers stage presence and looks quite at home with a microphone in his hand.
Although this video showed him in a venue where people wouldn’t stop talking, and the video is short you can see more of him on youtube.
It was great to connect, even if only by the internet, to these people from the past …