Friends of Jerry Andrus
O4SR's best known member, magician, illusionist and iconoclast Jerry
Andrus died last August. If you attended the memorial for Jerry, you
know an effort has been underway to preserve Jerry's lifework. A
coalition of skeptics, magicians, secularists and friends has formed as
the Friends of Jerry Andrus working group to save Jerry's significant
inventions and creations for future generations to learn from and enjoy.
A note for O4SR members: Jerry donated his optical illusions to O4SR with
the hope they will continue to viewed and enjoyed. The illusions have
been a cornerstone of our da Vinci Days booth and other educational and
youth outreach activities.
The Friends of Jerry Andrus Memorial Fund is now open at the US Bank. It
is an independent account managed by the Oregon educational
not-for-profit organization Oregonians for Science and Reason of which Jerry
was a founding and active member.
Checks should be made out to the "Friends of Jerry Andrus" memorial
fund. Donations can sent to:
Donations are tax deductible.
Friends of Jerry Andrus
c/o Jeanine DeNoma
39105 Military Road
Monmouth, OR 97361
Donations can be sent directly to US Bank to the Friends Jerry Andrus
memorial fund. However, we will not be able
to acknowledge or provide a receipt for donations sent directly to the
In addition to donations, the following services are needed:
- Legal assistance to make Friends of Jerry Andrus an independent
- A host for the jerryandrus.org website now being hosted by Barry
- A Webmaster for the jerryandrus.org website, and
- Assistance finding or creating a permanent location for Jerry's
If you can assist with any of these services or have questions or
concerns, please contact Jeanine DeNoma.
Mission of the Friends of Jerry Andrus
The Friends of Jerry Andrus was organized to preserve the lifetime work
of Jerry Andrus, including his original optical illusions, magic, music,
mechanical inventions, art, writing, and other memorabilia. The Friends
of Jerry Andrus Memorial Fund was created to fund this mission.
Goals of the Friends of Jerry Andrus
Members of the Friends of Jerry Andrus believe Jerry's works are of
cultural interest and educational value. As such, the long-term goal of
the Friends of Jerry Andrus organization is to find or create a
permanent home for this unique collection of work either in an
established museum or one created for this exhibit.
Progress to date
Jerry Andrus's home, the "Castle of Chaos," is being cleared out. This
must be accomplished within the next year. Unfortunately it is
structurally unsound, and it is unlikely that the Castle of Chaos can be
maintained or that his brother George will be able to keep the property.
Out of concern that Jerry's work will be lost or simply discarded, we
have formed a working group to collect, catalog and store it. A secure
storage unit has been rented to house items as they are sorted. Photo
documentation of original items in the Castle such as mechanical devices
is underway. We are buying an external hard drive and creating back-up
files from Jerry's computer, which contains the original art for his
optical illusions and magic.
Barry Brilliant has converted Jerry's original music from very old,
fragile reel-to-reel tapes to digital format, and we have done similar
work with old video. Other efforts are underway. Some of the fruit of
this preservation work is available on the JerryAndrus.org website.
Andrus - The Man, the Mind & the Magic "Memorial Tribute".
14 min 17 sec - Oct 1, 2007
Description: Selected scenes from the documentary, presented at the memorial service for Jerry Andrus, September 30th, 2007.