Colin was a wonderful person and all who knew him were touched by
his warmth and gentle nature and he was greatly loved by all those
with whom he came in contact. Colin was a generous, spiritual person
who only saw good in life and in people around him and exuded a humble
nature that drew people to him.
Colin was an extraordinary man whose interests and affiliations
covered a broad spectrum. He was a Punch and Judy Puppeteer,
ventriloquist, clown, magician, stud farmer, potter, member of
Rotary, Wafflers and a host of different organizations. He had
the capacity to appreciate both Eastern amd Western philosophy
and his lifestyle epitomized the principles of the Buddha. Colin
regularly attended FISM in 1982 in Lausanne, Switzerland. he
represented this country at a number of International Vegetarian
Congresses in different countries as well.
He loved life and when he performed was affectionately known as
the "Great Baldini". His children and grand children have all
been wonderfully entertained by this jovial funster and I doubt
whether anyone has not seen his lovely handkerchief puppet
mouse!. He always carried either a finger puppet or pocket trick
with him and at the drop of a hat would always be willing to
show his audience something magical.
Colin passed away in Durban on Saturday, January 24 at 8 AM
after battling with cancer.
SAMS member Murray McGibbon was greatly influenced by his cousin
and mentor Colin, who showed Murray his first trick at age 3.
Murray presented SAMS with this trophy in memory of Colin.
The trophy is awarded to the magician performing the most
entertaining magical act for children.
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