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Magicians organize fundraisers for Dick Williams

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Fellow magicians are organizing fundraisers for a former WMC-TV 5 personality dealing with mounting medical bills.

After a fall that injured his head, Dick Williams moves a little slower, but mention his old "magic finger trick" and he lights up.

"My dad taught it to me years ago when I started getting into magic," he said.

For 23 years, Williams hosted the Magicland TV show on WMC TV-5.  His late wife Virginia was his assistant. Together, they performed more that 1,200 live shows.

"It was work and joy," Williams said. "It was work, and I was so happy to get into television. Man, what a great thing."

Because of ill health that has tightened his budget and forced him into, retirement, fellow magicians have scheduled tribute fundraisers this weekend to help Williams pay his rising medical bills.

"I got a call earlier from David Copperfield, and he's going to call in and talk about how they first met," event organizer Tim Rappel said.

Williams said if anyone asks, tell them he's happy and loving life.

"I really am, I'm very proud," he said. "I thank God for everything."

The two tribute shows for Williams are scheduled for August 29 at 6:00pm and August 30 at 3pm at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.

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