I received some disheartening news that Cliff Gustafson passed away this week. If any of you have spent time at the Twilight Exit you may have seen Cliff slamming cards into the ceiling decked out in his signature tux. I had the honor of making a documentary short titled “I’m Here on Wednesdays” with Mary Chakhtoura about Cliff last year, and we hosted a little screening at the Twilight in May while he was performing there. It was our first attempt at making a movie, and he was so awesome and patient in working with us on the project.
Cliff was as old school Seattle as it gets, and while I’m saddened that he’s no longer with us, I was always impressed by his classic style, ceaseless humor, and general brevity towards life.
“I started out in life with nothing… and I still have most of mine left.”
-Magic Cliff a.k.a. The Magic Man