Daniel David Witkowski passed away peacefully on May 20th, 2023. He was 67.
Dan was a respected magician and businessman. He began his career in high school as a magician on the convention and banquet circuit throughout the Midwest. From 1974 to 1976, Witkowski worked at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis as a promotional assistant. During his time at WCCO, he produced the magical special "Abracadabra!", as well as a documentary based on the life of Houdini.
In 1977, Dan founded MagicCom, Inc., a company specializing in marketing strategies, product development, and stage and screen presentations. His company worked closely with numerous Fortune 500 companies, including: Procter & Gamble, Disney, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Hormel Foods, and Target. Additionally, Dan is known for creating the long running seasonal event, The Holidazzle Parade, which was a Twin Cities tradition for 21 years. Among other accomplishments; Dan produced “BeBop Bamboozled”, the 1989 Super Bowl XXlll Halftime Show for the NFL; he was an author for Random House with the unique imprint “AbracaDazzle!”; he worked on broadcast productions for CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS and BBC TV; and he completed special assignments for multiple administrations of the White House.
In addition to his work accomplishments, Dan was a devout Catholic and contributed to many charities in the Minneapolis community.
Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Olga Witkowski. Survived by his two children, Katherine Kasberg (Bryan) and Alexander Witkowski; three sisters, Marion McGinnis, Margaret Johnson (Jack), Roseann Witkowski; brother, Jim Witkowski (Trudy); and granddaughter, Eloise Kasberg.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 30th at The Church of St. Mary of the Lake, 105 North Forestview Lane in Plymouth, visitation one hour prior to Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations can be made to Sharing and Caring Hands, 525 N 7th Street, Minneapolis MN 55405; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Judge Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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