Abbott’s Get-Together 1964 by Monk Watson

    The 1964 Abbott’s Get Together     From Abbott’s TOPS Magazine, October 1964; by Monk Watson: ”The big show is over, or was it the big shows … really I’m not back to normal yet, but I hope to … Continue reading

Inez Blackstone & Marquis Troupe 1930

Inez Blackstone Will Pilot Marquis Troupe   From The Colon Express Newspaper, September 11, 1930, courtesy of the Colon Community Historical Society: “Marquis, the Magician, will commence his new season the second week in September, with the opening spot not … Continue reading

Monk Watson Remembered by Dan Waldron 2008

”Monk” Watson Remembered   From Magicol magazine, May, 2008, by Dan Waldron: “Donald “Monk” Watson was a perennial at Abbott’s Magic Get-Togethers. He lived in Colon, and ads for new Abbott products often bore his endorsement: “I’ll take one!” says … Continue reading

Donald “Monk” Watson 1919

Donald “Monk” Watson “Cheer-Up” Boy of 32nd May Enter the Movies From the Jackson, Michigan Citizen Patriot, circa 1919. Jackson Soldier, Back From Overseas, Praised by Army Officials As An Entertainer; Was a “Gloom Lifter” Among the Soldiers. When a … Continue reading

Hugh Frisbie on Monk Watson

     My Time With Monk Watson!   By Hugh Frisbie: ”Like most boys in Colon, Michigan after WWII we biked, fished, swam, played baseball and watched or sold popcorn at magic shows. But mostly knew “Monk” as the magician that … Continue reading

Phil Wait and His Balloon, Monk Watson

Phil Wait and His Balloon   From The Colon Express newspaper, June 11, 1975; by Monk Watson: ”I think we all have idols to look back on, and my great idol was Phil Wait. I remember his first balloon ascension, … Continue reading

Where Was I? 1940-1964 Monk Watson

Where Was I? 1940 – 1964     From The New TOPS Magazine, December 1964, by Monk Watson: “If you think this is going to be an easy month, you’re crazy. Neil has just returned from the hospital, looking in … Continue reading

Following Blackstone by Monk Watson

Following Blackstone   From TOPS Magazine, October, 1961, by Monk Watson: “This should not be hard to write because it is pretty close to my heart, and also close to the hearts of many who were lucky enough to see … Continue reading

Monk and Mary Watson

  Monk and Mary Watson     Clipping from a newspaper, source and date unknown (1977): “COLON, Michigan – “From the time I was two years old, I would do anything to get attention,” admits Donald “Monk” Watson. Since then … Continue reading

School Daze From 1917 to 1976

School Daze From 1917 to 1976   By Monk Watson in the Colon Express newspaper, 1976: “The year was 1917 and the 32nd Division of Michigan and Wisconsin was training for overseas duty as a combat division. I found myself … Continue reading