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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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'''Jim Krzak''' (1944 - 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==
  
 
== 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
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* http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-obit-krzak-03-dec03,0,5849869.story
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-obit-krzak-03-dec03,0,5849869.story
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* http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=209457
 
* http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=209457
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* Social Security Death Index for dates of Birth, Death
  
 
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[[Category:Biographies]]
 
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Revision as of 05:33, 14 February 2012

Jim Krzak
BornJames Stephen Krzak
March 3, 1944
DiedDecember 1, 2009 (age 65)

Jim Krzak (1944 - 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

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.

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