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In his career, local entertainer ‘Dr. Osborn’ brought smiles to audiences

MADISON – North Alabama has lost a treasured entertainer who was welcomed by students in school performances and audiences in civic gatherings.

Darrell R. Osborn, better known as “Dr. Osborn,” passed away on Dec. 1. For his shows, Dr. Osborn billed himself as “Tennessee Valley’s No. 1 Magical Mad Scientist.” He specialized in delivering comic magic, along with juggling and creating lifelike forms with balloons. Osborn often appeared for corporate and private events across Alabama.

Osborn was born on July 1, 1959, in Orleans, France. However, he grew up in Trenton, Ky. He married Stephanie Anne Gannaway Osborn, originally from Cunningham, Tenn., on June 18, 1983.

For 34 years, Osborn worked as a Senior Graphic Artist and Illustrator for Teledyne Brown Engineering. In addition, he designed imaginative cover art for numerous publishing houses and authors, including his wife Stephanie.

Before his time at Teledyne Brown, Osborn worked for three years at Opryland amusement park in Nashville. For live entertainment, he worked both as a technician and a live performer, often wielding puppets during stage shows.

In Huntsville, he volunteered at Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater and Academy, Theatre Huntsville, Huntsville Community Chorus and other groups. He designed and built sets for productions and plays, applied special-effects makeup and often appeared on stage as an actor.

In addition, Osborn was a makeup artist for commercials in Nashville. For his work, he received a Clio, the industry equivalent of the Academy Awards’ Oscar.

His portrayal of Dr. Osborn earned notoriety as a well-known local celebrity across the Southeast. His magic shows, comedy and “Balloons of Doom” brought smiles to countless children and adults throughout the Southeast for decades. He also won awards for magic, comedy and ventriloquism.

His friends and audiences will miss Osborn’s contagious humor, unlimited creativity and fun-loving attitude.

Visitation and a memorial service were held on Dec. 7 at Legacy Chapel Funeral Home in Madison.

Another visitation will be held at Louise Methodist Church in Cumberland Furnace, Tenn. on Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. His funeral will follow the visitation time.

In lieu of flowers, individuals can donate to the American Heart Association.

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