Mr. David Edward Linsell

Morton Grove, Illinois

Jun 21, 1953 – Aug 11, 2018 (Age 65)

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June 21, 1953
August 11, 2018
Morton Grove, Illinois


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David Edward Linsell, born on June 21, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan, to Janice Primrose Linsell and the late Frederick Linsell, passed away peacefully at home on August 11, 2018 in Morton Grove, Illinois after 65 years of life filled with love, vision, and magic. David graduated from Cass Tech High School in 1971, and then earned a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1977. He worked in technical training and photographic equipment sales at Olympus America for 29 years, and then found his true vocation at Potter & Potter Auctions as a photographer of magic memorabilia and other fine art until retiring in 2018. He also thrived as a freelance photographer, specializing in performance portraits of world-famous magicians.

Darling David was the cherished husband of Christine Marie Peters for 27 years. His daughter, Forrest Marie Peters Linsell, was his pride and joy. David is also survived by his loving brother, James Linsell; sister-in-law Mary Ann Linsell; nephews, Christopher, Jeffery, and Daniel Linsell; brother-in-law Al Peters; sister-in-law, Penny Marsala; and dear niece, Liz Peters. He adored his faithful cats, Kiki and Kramer.

Best known for his humor, generosity, mentorship, and kindness of spirit to his wide circle of family and friends, he will be deeply missed. David was passionate about and maintained collections of photography, jazz, and magic. He enjoyed membership in the International Brotherhood of Magicians and The Chicago Magic Round Table.

David was an active, long-time member of the beloved community at the Unitarian Church of Evanston. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Davids life at his Memorial Service, officiated by Rev. Eileen Wiviott, on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 2:30 PM, with a musical prelude beginning at 2:00. The Unitarian Church of Evanston is located at 1330 N. Ridge Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, 60201. Please join the family for a reception at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate in memory of David Linsell to the Unitarian Church of Evanston or Wright-Way Rescue Animal Shelter.

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I have lost such an important, solidly dependable friend who was always generous and caring, whether buzzing over with another Grateful Dead concert recording to share or calling from Costco to alert me that the free samples that day included Dove Bars. Our families were bonded thanks to our childrens and spouses respective friendships as well. No outing was complete without one or Davids magic tricks! The hole in my life left by Davids passing will not be easy to fill, but I will always...

David Linsell truly lived his best life. His talents for magic and photography were synergistic. Davids joy, humor, and appreciation for a wide range of art and music were infectious.
While his wand and cameras now lie still, I trust that the magic, beauty, laughter and love that he inspired will persist and compound his legacy. I am very thankful to have known him.

One of the kindest souls I have ever known.
(The angels will be smiling, because David will be snapping their pictures!)

I have been and will always be your friend.


Davis was a dear friend.

A beautiful life story. Sending prayers for comfort to all who loved David.

David was an old friend. He found his way to Colon before I. That was many years ago. We always enjoyed the fleeting moments of friendship at the Get-Together. He gifted me many years ago a Mahatma, before I could fully appreciate the history of magic. I still have it and mentioned to him that he gave it to me so many years ago. His presence will be missed at the Get-Together. We go way back to the Curlie Shuffle, magic in Chicago, and so many cool acts that Abbott's brought to the stage. I...

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

David was a true artist with his photographs. The magic community is very empty without him.

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