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Don Theobald, who performed on 'Bozo's Circus' made magic his life

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Don Theobald, 85, the magician clown who regularly appeared on "Bozo's Circus" doing "T-Bone's Magic Circus," shows Jeannette Breslin a card trick while teaching a magic class at Victory Centre of River Woods, the assisted living facility where he lives, in Melrose Park.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

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Don Theobald, the magician clown, is with Bozo the clown in 1960.

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Don Theobald, 85, the magician clown who regularly appeared on "Bozo's Circus," teaches card tricks during a magic class at Victory Centre of River Woods, the assisted living facility where he lives, in Melrose Park.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Don Theobald, 85, laughs while teaching a magic class at Victory Centre of River Woods in Melrose Park.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Don Theobald asks Jeannette Breslin, left, and Josie Flores to figure out a card trick while teaching a magic class at Victory Centre of River Woods, the assisted living facility where he lives, in Melrose Park.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Don Theobald teaches a magic class at Victory Centre of River Woods, the assisted living facility where he lives, in Melrose Park.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

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Magician and clown Don Theobald, who performed "T-Bone's Magic Circus" over a 27-year span on "Bozo's Circus," still attracts an audience at age 85. He teaches magic tricks and clowning to residents in his supportive living community, the Victory Centre at River Woods in Melrose Park. "We get some good crowds," he said. "They really enjoy it."
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    • Don Theobald, 85, the magician clown who regularly appeared on “Bozo’s Circus” doing “T-Bone’s Magic Circus,” shows Jeannette Breslin a card trick while teaching a magic class at Victory Centre of River Woods, the assisted living facility where he lives, in Melrose Park.
    •  Don Theobald, the magician clown, is with Bozo the clown in 1960.
    •  Don Theobald, 85, the magician clown who regularly appeared on “Bozo’s Circus,” teaches card tricks during a magic class at Victory Centre of River Woods, the assisted living facility where he lives, in Melrose Park.
    •  Don Theobald, 85, laughs while teaching a magic class at Victory Centre of River Woods in Melrose Park.
    •  Don Theobald asks Jeannette Breslin, left, and Josie Flores to figure out a card trick while teaching a magic class at Victory Centre of River Woods, the assisted living facility where he lives, in Melrose Park.
    •  Don Theobald teaches a magic class at Victory Centre of River Woods, the assisted living facility where he lives, in Melrose Park.
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