From Lupe Nielsen on The Genii Forum:
Just a brief message to inform everyone that Les Smith, master craftsman and owner of Owen Magic Supreme, passed away last Friday, February 15, 2008, at a nursing home near Los Angeles, California. He was 92 years old. Magic is diminished by his death, and we will miss him very much. At this time, we don’t know what the family’s wishes are concerning his funeral.
On a personal note: Most of you reading this may have never heard of Les or had the privileged of meeting him. I had the chance to meet Les on a number of occasions when I worked for the late Harry Blackstone Jr. The Blackstone warehouse was literally across the parking lot from Owen Magic, so when something needed to be repaired, we wheeled it across the lot to Owen. Being with Blackstone gave me the rare opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour of the workshop to see how some of the best magic apparatus is made. Les will be missed!