I first met Cellini on Jackson Square in New Orleans, in February of 1985, the weekend before Mardi Gras. He was a mentor and friend until he passed away in 2009. I could write a book about the magic, the lessons, and our adventures together. He taught me to believe in magic, take it to the streets, and earn an honest living. Anyone who knew Cellini could write their own story about him and fortunately one very special person has done just that.
Eileen McFalls fell in love with Cellini and knew him like no one else. She has recently published a new book that chronicles her relationship and experiences on the road with Cellini in the 1980’s. I was lucky to meet Eileen shortly after meeting Cellini and knew her for a few years when they were together.
Now, what a pleasure to read her story and remember my friend through her eyes. In her book, No Ordinary Magic, Eileen does a masterful job of describing her experiences, accomplishments, and the emotional roller coaster ride she endured. Along the way, she recalls the many colorful characters she met with Cellini, in vivid and touching detail, especially Rockmore the artist. Eileen's photos and Rockmore's artwork are a real treat as well. Just click on the link above to visit the website and see for yourself.
I highly recommend Eileen’s book for anyone who thinks they know about Cellini, as well as any magicians who have heard about this legend of street magic. Finally, I recommend it as a love story for anyone who has tried to love an artist whose devotion is to their art and the muse who drives them. Eileen drove a lot of miles across America and Europe to learn that lesson, but she got a great book out of it.
Thank you Eileen for a trip down memory lane with you and Cellini, and for keeping his legacy alive. No Ordinary Magic is a special gift to the magic and busker communities that will be treasured for years to come.