In search of Richard Xavier

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Dennis

Amelia, OH

#1 Sep 18, 2009
I'm looking for any one who knew escape artist / magician Richard Xavier. He was originally from Lexington, Kentucky, worked at Bush Gardens in Tampa, Florida in the mid 80's and ended up in Coeur d'alene.
Mona

Bowling Green, KY

#3 Jan 17, 2010
Dennis wrote:
I'm looking for any one who knew escape artist / magician Richard Xavier. He was originally from Lexington, Kentucky, worked at Bush Gardens in Tampa, Florida in the mid 80's and ended up in Coeur d'alene.
Sadly my brother passed away in Idaho
Dennis

Lexington, KY

#4 Jan 19, 2010
My sympathies. If I recall correctly, Richard had two sisters, one he resided with by the reservoir on Richmond Road and one who worked at St Joe's (maybe one in the same). I was a frequent quest at the house and apt, where we would discuss magic and Errol Flynn until the wee hours of the mornings. I think of him often as my daughters began working as a magician's assistants a few years ago.
Eric

Huntley, IL

#5 Jan 26, 2010
I was a high school student in LaFox, Il in '83 when Richard performed for us. I was called up to put him in his straight jacket. Being the young smart-ass I was when I was told to do the best job I could I used the extra lengths of strap leather to tie a grand knot behind his back. Needless to say, after dislocating his shoulder and going through all the pain and contortions he could not escape the jacket and eventually had to ask me to undo my "handy-work". I was mortified and guilt stricken. I waited after the show until we were alone to apologize. Richard was gracious and forgiving and just said he would have to figure out how to escape from a "modified" buckling of his straight jacket. Over the next weeks I was both scourge and hero to my peers. I would like to have asked Richard if he remembered me and thank him for being so nice to a young jerk like me. He must have died young, but what a way to live!
mona

Bowling Green, KY

#6 Jul 25, 2010
Great story from Eric, my mom will love to hear it.
Jamie Brown Bellah

United States

#7 Feb 22, 2011
He is terribly missed. I heard of his passing in 2006 from his mother when I called looking for him. I met him in 1979 when I was 14 years old. I was head over heels for him. We communicated with each other here and there until 2002 (when we could find each other).
paul

Lilyfield, Australia

#8 Jul 26, 2011
Mona wrote:
<quoted text> Sadly my brother passed away in Idaho
Mona,
So sorry to hear of Richard's passing.
In 1983, he entertained our entire high school in Okawville, IL with what quickly became known as the "best assembly of the year." To many of us, Richard provided the very best assembly in our high school lives and even gave a few of us "big city dreams."
I admired how Richard combined humor with his artistic feats,and truly captured the attention of everyone in the audience. He was a terrific entertainer and so gracious about signing autographed photos afterwards. Of course, I clearly remember being outnumbered by the girls when I was in that line!
RIP, Richard Xavier.
Brenda Reardon

Blanchard, OK

#9 Jul 18, 2013
I was just watching an Errol Flynn movie, which compelled me to Google search for Richard. In the fall of 1980, I was a senior in high school and was helping to prepare for an assembly, when I spied the handsome Mr. Xavier, getting ready for his show. It was amazing, and I spent the entire time in the audience making eyes and winking at him to entertain my friends. I didn't realize he noticed me, as well. He found me after the show and we dated for a few weeks, he would come back to my little town in Oklahoma and stayed in touch as his circuit continued and took him to Wyoming. He met a great friend there, Tony maybe, and we lost touch. I've never forgotten him, he is on my list of top ten most beautiful, as well as sweet, men I've ever met. Loved that his parrot's name was Errol, as I quickly noticed his resemblance to the swashbuckling actor. I drank my first champagne with Richard. He was very special and I am so sad to hear that he has passed. I was on the yearbook staff that year and made sure his photo was added...so glad to have that memory. So very sorry for your loss.
Robert Buhl

Bernalillo, NM

#10 Sep 8, 2014
Mona wrote:
<quoted text> Sadly my brother passed away in Idaho
Mona:

I'm so sorry to hear this. He worked for me at Silverwood Theme Park. He was always the ultimate pro & a great guy to talk with. My most sincere sympathies to you and your family!!

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