Glenn Falkenstein

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Glenn Falkenstein
BornGlenn Jacob Falkenstein
February 3, 1932
Chicago, Illinois
DiedJuly 4, 2010 (age 78)

Glenn Falkenstein was a mentalist who later, along with his wife Frances Willard, were a popular mentalist team, "Willard and Falkenstein".[1]

Became interested in magic at a very young age watching magicians perform at his father's popular night spot in Chicago called the "Hi-Hat Club".

Television guest spots followed included: Truth and Consequences, Virginia Graham, 90 Tonight, Tempo, and Merv Griffin.

Through his association with Milt Larsen and the "It's Magic!" shows, he met his partner Frances Willard.

The mentalism routine that Willard and Falkenstein performed has been compared to the classic routines of the Zancigs and Piddingtons. Falkenstein married Frances Willard in 1984.

Falkenstein suffered from alzheimers. His wife Frances took care of him as long as she could. He died in a nursing facility after only being there for a few days.

Awards

  • 1972 Academy of Magical Arts Stage Magician of the Year
  • In 1991, Willard and Falkenstein received the Dunninger Award for their "outstanding professionalism and proficiency in the performance of mentalism". At the end of each of their shows, Willard and Falkenstein are always careful to assure the audience that they do not support any belief in spiritualism or the supernatural.
  • Dragon Award at the International Brotherhood of Magicians convention in recognition of outstanding teamwork in the art of magic.

References

  1. Cover, Genii 1975 January.


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