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Written by James Randi   

Martin Gardner’s wishes – clearly expressed in his will – called for his immediate cremation and for no funeral service, a request to which his son James has of course acceded. At TAM in Las Vegas we will be have a joyous celebration of his career and his accomplishments, but certainly not any somber or sad observance. Martin was a straightforward, no-nonsense guy, and we won’t be wailing and tearing our raiment – though that might bring him back just to scold us…
 
The international reaction to his passing has been very strong, very moving and very satisfying, and the reaction here on Swift has been most welcome. I spent much of my weekend giving interview to news organs all over the world. There's more to come, I’m sure.
 
Thank you for your expressions of condolence. Much appreciated.