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Magician passes away

Falkenstein appeared on Regis' yakkers

Glenn Falkenstein, an acclaimed magician whose “spirit cabinet” illusion with wife Frances Willard wowed television audiences and crowds around the world, died July 4 in San Antonio after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 78.

A longtime Los Angeles resident, Falkenstein rose to fame in the 1970s by impressing audiences with mind-reading tricks on his radio show. He also took his magic act to television, including one of Regis Philbin’s early talkshows.

In 1984, he married Willard and the duo performed their signature “spirit cabinet” trick worldwide. The illusion had Willard bound to a chair within a curtained enclosure while items placed inside began flying about.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Willard.

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