It’s a little thing, of course, when local units of government issue proclamations for this day or that week, honoring a person or an organization or celebrating an event.
But Geneva’s City Council did something kind of cool this week that’s worthy of notice: a day set aside to honor Marshall Brodien, the famous magician and Wizzo The Wizard character on WGN’s Bozo’s Circus, who presently resides in an Alzheizer’s assisted living facility in Geneva.
Brodien’s wife, Mary Doyle, has written a book, “Navigating Alzheimer’s: 12 Truths About Caring For Your Loved Ones” and has been a champion of Alzheimer’s research and patient care.
“Everyone should have a special birthday, a day that celebrates a precious life. But who gets a day that is officially proclaimed in their honor? My husband, Marshall Brodien, does,” Doyle wrote in her blog.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, was Brodien’s 84th birthday, and Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns on Monday proclaimed July 10 “Marshall Brodien Day” in the city of Geneva.
The mayor spoke about Brodien and showed a brief video of Brodien performing magic in his early days.
“He then invited me, Marshall Jr., longtime friend, comic magician Ken Mate, and friend Tom Holbrook, dressed as Wizzo the Wacky Wizard, to speak,” Doyle wrote.
Holbrook had sought the recognition for the Chicago icon, known for his production of magic sets and cards and the character named Wizzo.
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The document states that on behalf of the more than 22,000 people that proudly call Geneva home, they honor Marshall’s career, magical talents, and the family’s mission for Alzheimer’s Awareness.
- FEATURE PHOTO CREDIT: Marshall Brodien Magic Facebook page
The full proclamation, above, reads:
WHEREAS, Marshall Brodien is a world renowned magician who began his illustrious career in the 1940s in the Chicago area, and;
WHEREAS, Marshall Brodien made Geneva, IL, his home in 1995 and;
WHEREAS, Marshall Brodien, a skilled entertainer, began a career in television as “Wizzo The Wizard” on “The Bozo Show” from 1968 to 1994, and;
WHEREAS, in the 1970s and 1980s, Marshall Brodien built a magic empire with magic playing cards he sold on television known as “TV Magic Cards” — beloved by Baby Boomers and Generation X’ers alike, and;
WHEREAS, after Marshall Brodien’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, his devoted wife, Mary Dole Brodien’s mission to bring awareness to the disease was borne in her published book “Navigating Alzheimer’s” 12 Truths About Caring For Your Loved Ones” and;
WHEREAS, the city is proud to celebrate and commemorate Marshall Brodien’s birthday on Tuesday, July 10, 2018;
NOW, THEREFORE, I Kevin Burns, mayor of the city of Geneva do hereby proclaim July 10, 2018, as “Marshall Brodien Day” in the city of Geneva and, on behalf of the more than 22,000 people (who) proudly call Geneva home, honor his career, magical talents, his family’s mission for Alzheimer’s Awareness’ and, to joyously celebrate his birthday on this momentous occasion.
SOURCE: city of Geneva website