Ramon Gracia Galindo
May 29, 1921 – July 2, 2020
Ramon Gracia Galindo, 99 years old, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 2, 2020, at his home in Austin, Texas where he resided for 68 years with his wife, Pauline Santos Galindo, until her death in 2014.
Ramon was born in San Juan, Mexico on May 29, 1921, to parents Tomas & Josefa Galindo & he was the fourth of six children. His family moved to Austin in 1922 and in later years they became successful in opening their business “El Fenix Tortillas” which made tortilla chips and tortillas.
As a teenager, Ramon learned to sew and alter his shirts to fit better. Thus, his love for tailoring clothes began. He studied everything possible about the trade of tailoring clothes. He read books, learned to draft patterns and became a Master Tailor in his own right. For 17 years, he was the lead tailor at Merritt Schaefer & Brown. He then opened Ace Custom Tailors in downtown Austin and during his career had the prestigious opportunity to tailor clothes for people such as: Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, Governor John Connally, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Jimmy Vaughn, and Bob Bullock to name a few. In addition, he created special jackets with hidden pockets for magicians all over the world.
Ramon’s 75 year interest in magic began as a child when his father played a trick on his mother which he found fascinating. He was awed that his mother believed the illusion she had seen. His mentor was the great Herman Yerger, a druggist in Austin who was the founder of the Texas Association of Magicians. Ramon’s magic performances included producing cards, coins, thimbles, linking rings, doves, parakeets and a Chinese Golden Pheasant. He & his wife traveled to six continents to attend magic conventions where he stunned audiences with his well-known parakeet tricks.
Ramon, who wore a tuxedo in his early years as a magician decided to make his own mariachi costume after Siegfried, of Siegfried & Roy, suggested that he should honor his heritage and wear a mariachi outfit on stage. The suggestion intrigued him and after drawing, planning and designing several patterns for over a year, he used his master tailoring skills to create two beautiful costumes.
Ramon was also a historian and a videographer. He documented many changes that happened over time in downtown Austin. He enjoyed interviewing people to better understand their part in history. He has a collection of over 60 years of film, VHS, and DVD’s showcasing magic conventions that he attended. He enjoyed preserving the art of videography.
Ramon was a proud veteran of WWII and served in Europe from 1944 to 1945. The two biggest battles he took part in were the Battle of the Bulge, from December of 1944 to January of 1945, and the Rhine River Battle, in March of 1945. He described the Rhine River as the "worst" battle of the two. He had many army buddies from his battalion with whom he kept in contact over the years.
With the passing of Ramon, only his good friend from the 571st Battalion Battery A, Frank Bydlowski of Dearborne, MI remains alive. Recently Frank called Ramon to wish him a “Happy 99th Birthday”. What a true and long-lasting friendship. Brotherhood and friendships were one of the best attributes of the Greatest Generation!
Ramon was a longtime contributor to the “Voces Oral History Project” through Professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez at UT. When Ramon showed up at the first meeting with his documented VHS tape of himself and his two brothers, Joe & Tom talking about their time in WWII it was excitedly received by the Voces Project. Over the years Ramon has been interviewed countless times by UT Students in the program.
Ramon is survived by his daughter, Josie Galindo Caballero (Jim) his brother, Tom Galindo (Ernestine) his grandchildren, Jason Caballero (Jennifer Timberlake), Julie Galindo Tolleson (Blake) & Jennifer Belcik (Matt) and his great grandchildren, Taylor Tolleson, Avery Harmer (Brad), Nolan & Rhys Belcik.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of Ramon’s two favorite organizations: VOCES Oral History Project, the Moody College of Communications, at The University of Texas. www.voces.lib.utexas.edu/donate Fantastic Magic Camp, 12316 Indian Mound, Austin, TX 78758 www.magiccamp.com
To view the funeral service in it's entirety, log on to https://vimeo.com/435347292.
- Matt Belcik
- Jason Caballero
- Jim Caballero
- Chris Hodde
- Peter LaFuente
- Blake Tolleson
- James Aktines, Honorary
- Frank Bydlowski, Honorary
- Kent Cummins, Honorary
- Paul Galindo, Honorary
- Arnulf LaFuente, Honorary
- Robert Sandoval, Honorary
- Uvaldino Santos, Jr., Honorary
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Ramon Gracia Galindo
August 8, 2020
Although me and Mr.Galindo never met face to face I hold him in very high regard and considered him to be as great a friend as any other.My great grandfather and Mr.Galindo both served with the Fighting 571st during World War II. And somthing which I have found that I shared with Mr.Galindo a love of history and preserving it oddly enough is what braught me to him. Mr.Galindo and myself aswell as his good friend Mr.Bydlowski have been pen pals for quite somtime exchanging emails and letters with eachother. Mr.Galindo was answering all of my questions I had and was giving me all of the stories and the insight into the actions of the 571st Battalions service during the war which my grandfather never spoke of. And hearing the stories and being given that insight into what he and those many other brave men did during the war braught me so much happiness it was a thrill to hear about the things those men did and it gave me such an amazing sence of pride knowing what he my grandfather went through for our great nation and there sacrafices
so that all of us could have a future. And for that I will never forget him and will always be greatful that this wonderful and honorable man found it worth while to talk with me and pass along these stories and knowledge to me. And I will certainly do my part to preserve this amazing mans memory and im sure in addition to his countless family and friends that has reunited with up in heaven that he has reconnected aswell with all of his old comrades and hopfully my grandpa is one of them. And so again my deapest heart felt synpathy goes to the family as we bid farewell to a grand old soldier may he rest in peace and may we bless his memory.
July 13, 2020
Ramon Galindo was a Master Tailor, excellent magician who left his mark on six continents, a film historian and videographer, a patient and inspiring teacher, and most of all a friend to everyone he met. I met Ramon shortly after I arrived in Austin almost forty years ago. He tailored a few outfits for me with all the special pockets I needed, taught me many magic secrets, and coached me on how to improve the magic I was already performing. He also gave me a wonderful pigeon, named Philbird, and taught me how to train him. Philbird was the comic star of my show for many years. I will never forget the countless hours I spent sitting in the back of Ace Tailors in downtown Austin learning, sharing stories, and visiting Ramon. I can not remember a single time I went to his shop that he did not make time for me. One of the last times I visited Ramon, I brought him a special deck of cards he had asked for. He needed it to practice his “one-handed card shuffle”. He was 99 years old and still practicing his magic.
July 10, 2020
Fantastic Magic Camp, the magic community, Austin, Texas, and the whole world lost an important person late last week. Our genuinely good friend Ramon Galindo, with whom our board members and director each had a personal relationship, has left us. We will never forget you Ramon.
Rosanna Rios Lenzi
July 10, 2020
Our sincere condolences to you and the entire Galindo family. My parents Reginald and Amelia Rios, were friends of Ramon and Pauline. My dad was also a tailor, and Ramon would always have a magic trick to show me whenever we would meet. Mr. Galindo lived an extraordinary life. May He Rest In Peace.
Rosanna R. Lenzi and Amelia R. Rios
July 9, 2020
I first met Ramon in 2008 when I joined the Society of American Magicians, Assembly 206. His gregarious manner and passion for magic was an inspiration for me. A warm smile from him could brighten any room.
I learned a method for a currency magic trick from him. I use it in nearly all of my performances and it never fails to astonish spectators.
Thanks, Ramon, for showing me that humility, a wry smile and astonishing magic can give people that exhilarating feeling of childhood wonder.
The loss of you is immeasurable but so is the love left behind. Farewell my friend.
July 8, 2020
I first met Ramon in November of 1966 when I attended my first Ring 60 meeting. I was impressed with his skill as a magician and, when we spoke after the meeting, I thought, "What a nice guy." As my family and I got to know Ramon over the next several decades, we were always impressed by the fact that he was truly a class act, both on and off the stage. Ramon, you will be missed.
July 7, 2020
Thanks for being one of the first men to show me how a true Texas gentleman acts, Ramon. I will always remember the kindness and warm welcome you gave me when I first moved here and attended magic club meetings. Soft spoken and patient, you were always full of laughter, wonderful stories, and good advice. Wishing you a magical journey home.
July 7, 2020
Dear Josie, Jim, and family,
In times of loss and sadness, let the memories of your wonderful father bring you comfort. He was a truly special man.
I was thinking about him just last week as I was looking at some old family home movies and recalled the time in 2007 we were both at an event held by the Texas Archive for the Moving Image. It was a fun time sharing information and memories about select bits of film. I am grateful that I got to talk with him on this and a few other occasions. His extensive archive of photographs and videos is one of many remarkable things in his legacy.
Lynn and I hope you feel surrounded by the love of friends and family during this difficult time.
July 5, 2020
My condolences to the family and friends of Ramon. I first met Ramon as a teen when I started attending and competing at the Texas Association of Magician's annual conventions. Ramon was always very nice to me and very encouraging. Aloha Ramon.