Eldon D. Wigton, 63, of Sunbury, a.k.a. Dr. Eldoonie and "world's fastest magician," took his final curtain call, passing away unexpectedly Sunday, (March 3, 2013) at Sarah Moore Home in Delaware.
He was born in Delaware on March 17, 1949, to the late Clayton Wigton and Natalie (Sheets) Wigton who just passed away Feb. 25.
A graduate of Buckeye Valley High School in 1967, he participated in FFA and the 4-H group Brown Happy Farmers. He earned his master's degree in agriculture education from The Ohio State University.
Eldon taught agricultural mechanics first at Clark State and then at Delaware Joint Vocational School and OSU Newark before adapting magic as his full-time profession. Mechanically inclined, he could fix everything and enjoyed an interest in automobiles.
Becoming a professional magician, or a prestidigitator and illusionist as he phrased it, was a lifelong passion, which he began at the age of 6. He defined magic as "performing something which is impossible under normal circumstances."
Magic was his life, as he entertained children of all ages from local schools, birthday parties, festivals, fairs and even participated in the White House Easter Egg Roll for 15 years.
In 1992, Dr. Eldoonie was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for performing 225 magic tricks in two minutes. His act was that of an "Old Time Medicine Man" accompanied by his rabbit Bugsy. He was never without a deck of cards or a coin with which he would willingly perform. Eldon appeared on a number of TV shows, was featured on Entertainment Tonight and on the cover of Ohio Magazine. He was also recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives for performing educational-themed programs for schools and special groups.
Eldon loved to travel and did. He performed not only nationwide but worldwide to many endearing audiences. In 1983, Eldon drove his restored Model A Ford "C" Cab Wagon from coast to coast, while double blindfolded. He never revealed the secret to his "blind ambition" as quoted in a news article, upholding his position as a sworn magician.
A lifetime member and current president of the Society of American Magicians, he was also a member of the Local Rings 7 in Columbus, Northern Ohio Magician Association #205, secretary-treasurer of the former Kilbourne Williams K of P Lodge #556, and a current member of Durward Lodge K of P Lodge #153 in Prospect.
Quiet in nature, he was a private person unless on stage. He enjoyed a sense of humor until the very end. He loved all people, but especially the audience and was blessed with a large circle of friends from college, the community and the world of magic.
He is survived by his sister: Belinda (David) Jackson of Galena, brother Melvin (Pam) Wigton of Sherman, Texas, niece Melissa (Tom) Rankin, many cousins including Margie and Fred Saull, who assisted with his care, aunts, uncles, friends and fellow magicians.
In the word's of Eldon … "It's been magic!"
Friends may call 4-8 p.m., with K of P services at 7:30 p.m., Friday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR's 3 at 61, Sunbury, where services will be held Saturday 11 a.m., with Celebrant Don Lockwood officiating. Burial will follow in Sunbury Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donors choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Delaware Gazette on Mar. 6, 2013