Bel Air’s Don “The Magician” Cohen died May 1; burial scheduled May 13 at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery

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I just heard some sad news from the daughter of Don Cohen, “Don the Magician,” who called to say her father passed away May 1. Pammy Wallingsford called from Sarasota, Fla. to say her 87-year-old father, known for his magic at festivals and parties was found dead at his home after he was out performing just the night before.

“That was his way of remaining active and getting out and meeting people,” said Wallingsford of her father. “He would sit at the restaurant bar and show off his sleight of hand to meet people. It was his way of breaking the ice.”

Wallingsford said her father’s memorial service is scheduled 1:45 p.m. May 13 at Garrison Forest Veteran’s Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Rd. in Owings Mlls.  The Army veteran is to be buried with military honors.