Geoffrey Hansen posted this on Facebook a few days ago: “SAD NEWS: I have just been informed by RICKY ZIALCITA that his father ZIALCI (Jose Zialcita) passed away yesterday in Oregon. May he Rest In Peace.”
Bob Eaton emailed me the same sad news: “I just Googled up Joe Zialici (the Great Zialci) to find out a little more about him, and noticed you wondered about him.
“He has been in a nursing home in Portland Oregon for a number of years (stroke). I am sorry to report he died last week. He was a fine man and a gentleman, not to mention a great magician! – Bob Eaton”
The Great Zialci will be missed. He was a lovable performer and an amazing magician, who truly loved the art of magic.