Gary Haun was retired (Medical) at the rank of Sergeant from the United States Marine Corps in 1973. He was 21 years old at the time. Now 60, Gary has been blind most of his life. He credits the Marine Corps for providing him with the values and principles that have helped him to overcome adversity and challenges in his life. The Marines have a saying, “Adapt and Overcome,” which is exactly what Gary has done. The Corps taught him to “never give up” and Gary has not let his limitations prevent him from many achievements.
Gary went through blind rehabilitation at the Hines Blind Rehabilitation Center, Hines Veterans Hospital. While going through this rehabilitation, Gary met another blind Marine who inspired him to study magic.
As the Amazing Haundini, Gary Haun, has entertained audiences, both young and old, around the world. Although blind for over 40 years, Gary has not let his limitations limit his passion for living life to its fullest.
Gary hopes that by focusing on some of his experiences, others, especially those with limitations, will push themselves in a positive direction. It is not a matter of vision, but a matter of having a vision. When we accept the challenges in our lives, we can then attempt to overcome them.
Gary has faced many challenges in his life. He climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and has swam with the Great White sharks in South Africa. He has been skydiving, competed in over 100 karate tournaments, and has taught Japanese swordsmanship. He has also swam with dolphins and manatees and has run two marathons. His perspective is unique, not because of his blindness, but because of his attitude of what he calls, “Positively never giving up.”
Gary is the author of several books, including Vision From the Heart (Introduction by Dr. Jane Goodall); Reflections of Helen; and Diary of a Blind Magician (Introduction by David Copperfield). Gary appeared on the Rosie O’Donnell show in 2000. He also appears in the film Jane’s Journey, a documentary about his close friend, Dr. Jane Goodall. Angelina Jolie and Pierce Brosnan also appear in the film.
In Marine Corps Magic, Gary explains how the values and principles he learned in the Marine Corps have helped him to deal with adversity and challenges in his life. He hopes that by sharing Marine Corps Magic it can help others in their lives.
Gary is a Life Member of the Disabled American (DAV) Blind Chapter and also a Life Member of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA). Additionally, he is a Life Member of the Marine Corps League and has been a member of the Marine Corps Aviation Association for many years. In 2012, Gary was selected to fly with the Blue Angels All-Marine Corps crew of “Fat Albert Airlines” at the 2012 Chicago Air and Water airshow.