Deanna Shimada Memorial Fund

The world has lost one of the true Queens of Magic.  Deanna Shimada passed away on Saturday, November 18th. 2017.

Many are asking, "What can I do for her family?"  This is an answer to that question.   Deanna's passing was sudden, and has left the family with immediate expenses which need to be addressed... medical and legal, among others.

This fund is set up in Deanna's memory, and will help her family cover these immediate issues.

Enjoy this loving tribute, written by her daughter Luna, and give what you can to remember this wonderful, beautiful soul!  Thank you!

Deanna was born in a small country town in South Australia on December 13, 1943. Deanna always had a natural flair for things and loved dancing, horse riding, and modeling.

In 1959 she became Miss Port Adelaide where she also won seamstress lessons which she later used her skills to make her own clothes. She also won several Rock n Roll Dance competitions. She was a photographer catalog model, modeling many products including lingerie.

In 1964 she was working as an usherette in a theater in Adelaide called the Theater Royal where a touring Variety show called Tokyo Nights came in for a run featuring a very young and exotic Magician from Tokyo, Japan by the name of SHIMADA.

Well, it was love at first sight, she said as she had never seen anyone so mysterious and exotic before. Mesmerized by his dashing looks and stage persona and his magical skills, she just had to meet him. They met in a coffee shop nearby where they could barely communicate with each other due to their language barrier and yet somehow love prevailed, especially after she showed him her modeling shots.

This was the beginning of a whirlwind romance that eventually led to their marriage in 1965. They moved to Sydney, Australia where they worked in many local nightclubs across the city and appeared regularly on television. They began their humble career as a team of performance artists and shortly after that in 1966, they had their first child, a daughter they called Lisa ( now known as Luna).

With their first born in tow, they began their life on the road with their show taking them across seven continents and over 27 countries where their career progressed and performed in prestigious venues like the London Palladium, regular appearances on the Johnny Carson show and headlined in Las Vegas Showrooms with notables such as Liberace. Deanna was a great source of inspiration to her counterpart husband Haruo where they collaborated and conceived their unique acts such as the Japanese Parasol act and the Dragon Act.

Deanna also used her sewing skills to make all of their elaborate stage costumes and other secret magical apparatus. Deanna also came up with the name for the magical effect Fickle Fire, a collaboration between Shimada and Kakuchi. Now a standard effect in magic.

A beautiful, elegant gliding shadow on stage, many considered Deanna to be one of the best Magic Assistants of her Era and was emulated and admired by many. She was Shimada’s biggest fan and the power behind the throne so to speak for 30 years. In 1979 Deanna and Haruo had a second child, a son named Jason.

In 1997, Haruo and Deanna divorced and went their separate ways after three decades and an illustrious career.

Deanna was forced to re-evaluate and reinvent herself. She had always had acute senses and intuition, an ability that steered the course of their lives.

With Luna her daughter heavily involved in esoteric studies, she began to take an interest in the mystical arts. This interest was later enhanced by her meeting of her future fiance, Daniel Hamilton, a man who made a career in the Psychic Arts. He began to mentor her, and along with Luna’s support and additional training, she found her new passion and her natural ability.

In 2007, Daniel Hamilton Passed away suddenly leaving Deanna heartbroken and still unwed. With her strength and perseverance, she was a survivor for she was no stranger to heartbreak. Since then, Deanna Shimada has used her unique skills and acute senses and lifelong experiences and wisdom and has helped 1000’s of people in her 20 years in this field. She specialized in Tarot, Palmistry, Numerology, Hand Writing Analysis, Soul Retrieval, and Past Life Regression.

She was a counselor, life coach, mentor, and mother figure to many.

She was vibrant, youthful, very funny with a great sense of humor; she could also be biting and blunt with not much of a filter. However, she always aimed at the good. She was a kind and generous heart, a gift giver which was her main love language. She was a rock; she was strong an proud and determined. She loved animals and always put them and everyone before herself. She loved her two children Luna and Jason beyond anything in the world. She believed in her grand children’s future. She lived in service to others.

She was fierce and gentle at the same time….

This was Deanna Shimada.


December 13, 1943 - November 18, 2017

This memorial fund will help defer medical and other expenses Deanna incurred in her final days.
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    • $20 
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    • $25 
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    • $200 
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    • $75 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Trent Rentsch 
Raleigh, NC
Luna Losander 
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