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Larry Thompson, 'Mr. Whoodini' on Bozo the Clown show, dies at 76.
Detroit Free Mail
February 8, 2019

Larry Thompson, best known as "Mr. Whoodini " in the popular metro Detroit TV show, "Bozo's Big Top," died on Tuesday.

He was 76.

Thompson began performing on the children's show in the 1970s as "Mr. Whoodini," a magician who would tag along with Bozo the Clown's silly antics. "Bozo's Big Top" ran from 1965 until the late '70s, becoming a staple for many children in metro Detroit.

Along with entertaining children on TV, Thompson also educated them, serving as a teacher and administrator for the Livonia School District. According to a news release, Thompson would go into the studio and film "Bozo" and then go to class, sometimes still in his makeup.

When he was not working, the Farmington Hills resident enjoyed spending time with his wife and four kids, performing magic and flying planes. In 1979, Thompson started a company called Mobile Ed Productions, which produces educational school assemblies for children around the country.

Thompson is survived by his wife, Denise, and four children Ken, Chris (Megan), Ryan and Andy.

Visitation for Thompson will be held from 2-8 p.m. Monday at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, 33603 Grand River Ave, in Farmington. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Nardin Park United Methodist Church, 29887 W. 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are encouraged to go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Madison Heights, 1461 E. 12 Mile Road.

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