Dean Dill has been a friend, brother, and mentor to us all, and a great force in magic -- Dean's Shoppe has been a hangout for magicians all over the world.
Now Dean is in the final stages of cancer, and he needs our help. The medical bills are starting to pile up and he could use a hand.
A benefit is planned for him in February, but we'd appreciate if you'd open your hearts to help him as quickly as possible.
All proceeds will go directly to Dean.
Dean W. Dill, the son of Dottie and Dean Dill, the husband of Denise Dill and the father of Jamie Dill is a student, teacher and inventor of magic. Space does not allow for the inclusion of all of Dean’s teachers, but, were it not for Monte Smith, Dean would have never taken his first steps on his magical path. Dean’s most famous student was Johnny Carson. He was Dean’s student from 1986 to 1990. It was at Johnny’s insistence that Dean appeared on the Tonight Show in November of 1990. Dean’s creations are prized effects in the repertoire of numerous amateur and professional magicians. Among his creations are Blizzard, Spotlight, Explosion, Dean’s Box, Dean’ s Triangle and The Revelation. Additionally, Dean’s Close-up Pads grace the tables of many magicians.
Dean’s Shoppe opened in September of 2001. It has become the gathering place for area magicians and out of town magicians who are playing the Magic Castle. Many commercial effects that grace the pages of magic magazines were born here or improved here.
Dean’s goal is to realize the maximum potential from both his performances and his effects and he wants us to do the same. As he himself is fond of saying, “Realizing one’s full potential is a hard thing to put your finger on. It is such a personal thing. I would say that putting your whole heart into magic is the only way to realize that potential. You must be so passionate about it that practice seems more fun than the actual performance itself. Loving to practice is the key. To just sit there and think about an effect and the way you want to present it can be fun. Of course the enjoyment comes when the person you have just entertained says, "Wow, now that was Magic."
The world of magic has been greatly enriched by Dean’s presence and participation.