I was saddened to learn of Johnny’s passing at the end of “Fool Us” tonight. My thanks to Penn &Teller for dedicating the episode to him, and letting us outside the Vegas community know. I had the honor of working with Johnny for only a week as he was tuning up and improving a stage production for Lawrence Khong. Even though I did not come from the magic community, he found my theatrical and performance background fascinating, and pulled stories and experiences out of me like a sponge.
The dinner we shared was not about the Great Tomsoni granting an audience with me from on high, it was truly the opposite. His eyes sparkled as he probed into the seeming minutiae of my world. I had no idea of the true magnitude of this man. It is only now that I understand the rare and precious gift given to me.