Jim Krzak

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'''James Stephen Krzak''' (? - December 1, 2009), a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp., was a close-up bar magician that performed magic at O'Donnovans (formerly [[Schulien's]]) in Chicago and at Hackney's in Wheeling.
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'''James Stephen Krzak''' {{PersonInfo||1944|December 1, |2009}}, a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp., was a close-up bar magician that performed magic at O'Donnovans (formerly [[Schulien's]]) in Chicago and at Hackney's in Wheeling.
  
 
Krzak would sometimes bill himself as the Amazing El Smootho
 
Krzak would sometimes bill himself as the Amazing El Smootho
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He continued when Schulien's closed and O'Donovan's opened in 1999. He did his last show the weekend before his death.
 
He continued when Schulien's closed and O'Donovan's opened in 1999. He did his last show the weekend before his death.
  
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==Notes==
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Need confirmation on date of birth
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
 
* http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=james-stephen-krzak&pid=136776616
 
* http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=james-stephen-krzak&pid=136776616

Revision as of 11:50, 1 January 2010

James Stephen Krzak Template:PersonInfo, a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp., was a close-up bar magician that performed magic at O'Donnovans (formerly Schulien's) in Chicago and at Hackney's in Wheeling.

Krzak would sometimes bill himself as the Amazing El Smootho

After a stint in the Marines, Krzak returned to Chicago and began a long career with the phone company. But on the side he worked as a magician a few nights a week, first at the New York Lounge and then at Schulien's, which had a long tradition of offering close-up magic.

He continued when Schulien's closed and O'Donovan's opened in 1999. He did his last show the weekend before his death.

Notes

Need confirmation on date of birth

References

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