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Magic Made Easy

Today we're going to venture back into the Toy Story Midway Mania queue to explore more hidden references that this attraction is full of.  In the FASTPASS queue, you'll see a number of books that are "under Andy's bed" and one book is called "Magic Made Easy" by J. Ranft.

This book is a reference to a Pixar story artist, Joe Ranft.  Ranft worked on the storyline in Pixar films and was also the voices of characters such as Lenny in Toy Story, Heimlich in A Bug's Life and Jacques the shrimp from Finding Nemo.  The book also serves as a tribute to Ranft, who tragically died in an automobile accident in 2005.

Imagineers used the opportunity to pay tribute to the man by putting his name on the book.  You may be wondering why the book is called "Magic Made Easy".  It turns out Ranft was an avid magician.  As a boy, he developed his knack for magic and at 15 he became a member of "The Magic Castle", a nightclub for magicians and magic enthusiasts.  The title of the book is fitting for someone who loved the magic craft like Joe did.

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