Sad news: My boss, friend and longtime supporter Tony Spina (April 5, 1930-May 18, 2019) died today at the age of 89. In addition to owning one of the most important magic companies in the world, Tannen’s Magic, he also had a lifelong passion for magic. Before buying into Tannen’s he was a busy performing magician who opened for some of the best in the business, during the height of the Catskills, with his dove act. In his later years, he never stopped watching it on TV and constantly played with stuff and talked about the impossible magic he saw. This photo was taken the last time I saw him, last November with Terri Cook and current Tannen’s owner Adam Blumenthal.