Larry Payne in the hospital

We were saddened to learn last evening that Larry Payne, much loved by area children as Merlin the Storyteller, has suffered a heart attack. He is currently a patient at the University of Cincinnati Hospital, and is scheduled for triple bypass surgery some time today.

Our thoughts are with Larry and his family. We will provide updates as new information becomes available.

UPDATE 04/24/12 10:52 AM: The hospital reports that the surgery was a success, and that Larry is resting and recovering.

UPDATE 05/05/12 10:45 AM: Larry went home last week and is recovering well. He does admit that he is bored out of his skull right now, and would love to hear from his friends and fellow conjurors. Please contact Larry through his website or his Facebook page.

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