Stories

Do You Have a Personal Story of Tim?

        If you have a story to share, please contact me, Shari Conover Rosenberg, Tim’s sister, through the CONTACT page.  Write your story and include a picture or two.  I’ll post your story here on Tim’s memorial website under “Stories.” 

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My amazing friend – Tim the Magician

I went to Fort Hunt High School with Tim in Alexandria, VA. In the spring of ’76, I convinced Tim to go with me to visit my cousin in Hilton Head, SC….unknown to his parents. We hitch-hiked (600 miles.) When we arrived, my mom called Tim’s mom and told her we had arrived safely and […]

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What a Gift he gave!

It must have been about 1990, plus or minus a couple of years.  I’m 74 now and retired [2017], at the time I was a salesman, working a booth at a trade show.  I wasn’t doing magic at the time. While walking around the hotel ballroom where the trade show was held (in Atlanta) I […]

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Some of the many gifts from Tim to our family

I first met Tim when I was introduced to Ced Conover’s family, making a visit as Richard’s new girlfriend to their home in Alexandria.  I was living in Phoenix at the time, and the year was 1970.  Though I had short, very short dark brown hair, I decided to surprise Rich by wearing a long […]

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Tim’s Poem – The Wizard of Women

From an early age, Tim noticed that Michael attracted girls… lots of girls. And not only did Michael attract girls, but they seemed mesmerized by his presence. Tim spoke of, as early as when they were in elementary school, that when he found himself walking beside Michael, Tim would watch in wonder as the school […]

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Thank God For My Little Brother Tim!

Thank God for my little brother Tim! It’s as if God knew how much I needed Tim in my life and sent him to me.  He was my only brother, but more like an angel sent here to help me along my way. He was always there for me, during good times and bad, no […]

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He Was Off the Charts Good

My interactions with Tim were not particularly unique, because he was very generous with his time. But it was a big deal to me.  When I was 17 (I’m 25 now) I sent him a brief email asking if he could share some of his thoughts about magic, and he responded with pages of great ideas. […]

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I Just Stood There All Day Watching
Him Work

I just want to tell you about the first time that I saw Tim. I should mention that I am not a full time professional magician. During the day I work for the Australian Defence Department in Melbourne, Australia. Back in 1987 the Defence Department posted me to the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. […]

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If You Let Them Think You’re a REAL
Mind Reader

In 1995 I suffered a compound fracture of my right thumb. Up until then I had made my living as a sleight of hand artist. 9 weeks in a cast from my fingertips to my elbows. Tim helped me work out a mind reading act that I could do without the use of my right hand. […]

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Heeeere’s Timmy!

Tim and I were once booked to perform together at a fund raiser for a Synagogue in Washington DC. I was already in the hotel the night before our show when Tim arrived. We were sharing a room that night, and as he walked in I smiled, and said “Hey there Timmy.” He said “Please […]

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Fire Without Matches

We spent some time together in Kona Hawaii many years ago. At dinner one night Tim couldn’t stop talking about wilderness survival. (You know how it was whenever Tim got interested in something. He would fixate on it and soon know more about it than any expert.) No matter where the conversation went, Tim kept […]

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Tim Teaches Jim to Read

As Tim’s mom, I have so many wonderful memories of him that would fill this website, but I want to share one example of how much Tim loved other people and just how much he gave of himself to others. I remember Tim getting off the plane in Ontario, California after flying cross-country from his […]

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Tim on 9/11

Last night I performed a show in Lexington KY for a group of scientists. It was the final show on my calendar that was a referral from Tim. I knew they had tried to book Tim, had booked him before, and he had talked them into hiring me for the gig in his place. I […]

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Tim’s Birthday Letter to Mom

Mom, Happy 70th Birthday. (2003) There are so many millions of little moments that you have shared with us.  You have taught us, protected us, nurtured us, fed us, bathed us, cleaned our house, cleaned all our laundry, ironed all our clothes, and helped us to grow to be ourselves.  Through thick and thin, you […]

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Memorial Talk – Liz Abbott Youngs

I am honored to be here today to memorialize my dear friend, my brother, Tim. The amazing outpouring of love is obvious and overwhelming – truly Tim touched hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. For me and for my family, all of the Conovers are our family. We have known them all our entire lives, […]

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Legend of the Fearsome Five

The Story of Undying Friendship by Jim Henderson, Bob Jansen, Pat Kelly, Andy O’Shea   It is amazing that the friendships we cultivate in our youth require so little sustenance throughout our lives.  Brief encounters as we separately wind our way through life serve as periodic reminders of our earlier days together and the incredible strength […]

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Memorial Talk – Jim Henderson

Regretfully I am unable to be with you all this evening to collectively honor and remember my good friend, Tim, and I sincerely appreciate his family allowing us to share our memories of him. Tim was an extraordinary young man.  We attended the same schools from elementary to high school.  I think our first class […]

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Memorial Talk – Bob Jansen

I first met Tim Conover in the fall of 1969 when the neighborhood we lived in organized their first football team.  We were both 10.  Over the next several years I was fortunate to form a great friendship with Tim and of course 3 others.  We called ourselves the Fearsome Five.  We did everything together.  […]

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Memorial Talk – Andy O’Shea

Shari, Mike and the whole Conover family,  thank you for allowing me the honor to speak here today.  I am fortunate to have not only known Tim, but to be a friend of his, elementary and middle school classmate and little league football teammate.  It was a friendship forged in childhood that was cemented by […]

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Memorial Talk – Patrick Kelly

I’ve always appreciated the irony of our name, the Fearsome Five—four of us, at least, were anything but fearsome.   In what was supposed to be our fiercest and most rebellious moment, our coming of age, we hatched a plot to egg the 8th grade math teacher house– Mr. Candelori’s house.  As we boldly ventured out […]

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Memorial Talk – Patrick Slaughter

I’m not really sure how to start.  When Shari called me and asked me to speak at Tim’s memorial service, I have to admit I was more than a little afraid.  I didn’t really know exactly what to say.  I didn’t have all of those charming childhood stories to tell.  And everybody already knows what […]

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Memorial Talk – Paul Gertner

Chances are if you’ve scrolled through Timothy’s Facebook page over the last 16 days you might have wondered… Who are all these people posting sympathy messages and accolades, many coming from people that Tim had never even met?  Yes… news travels very fast in our magic community.  But not just the news when someone leaves […]

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Memorial Talk – Shari Conover Rosenberg

“Perfect!” Has anyone ever heard Tim use that word? (That’s what Tim would say about today.)  Tim loved perfection.  He loved the beauty of it all coming together exactly – precisely. That was ultimate joy for Tim. And today has been beautiful. Thank you. Thank you to the Bishop Lineberry, Sister Williams, our organist, and […]

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Broken Wand Ceremony

  The Broken Wand Ceremony is a ritual performed at the funeral of a magician in which a ceremonial wand (although years ago it was the actual wand that was used by the magician) is broken, indicating that with the magician’s death, the wand has lost its magic. The first time this ceremony was performed was for Harry Houdini. The […]

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