Bear Stearns Exec Who Straddled World Of Wall Street And Magicianry Is No Longer

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As you've probably heard by now, Alan "Ace" Greenberg, former Chairman and CEO of Bear Stearns, who was later named "vice chairman emeritus" of JP Morgan, died today at the age of 86. While he paid the bills with his finance gig, his true passion was magic. On this day, let us remember some favorite facts about Greenberg, vis-à-vis his time on the magic circuit.

Oh, and the time he told a reporter Jimmy Cayne, his former colleague, was (is?) "a lying f*ck." Not really related to magic but, y'know, posterity and stuff.

Alan C. Greenberg Is Dead at 86; Led Bear Stearns Through Its Rise and Fall [NYT]

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