Archive for the 'Broken Wand' Category

Broken Wand: David Watson

Posted by Michael on December 15th, 2021

Several media outlets, including The Sun, have reported magician David Watson, best known for his twelve Britain’s Got Talent auditions was found dead in his home this week. The video above is from 2019 and features an audition made up of bits of his previous auditions.

Matthew Price [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on November 29th, 2021

Florida’s ABC 7 reports TikTok magician Matthew Price was killed during an apparent robbery in California last Sunday. The Florida native had moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being a magician and comedian. There have been no arrests in Price’s murder.

Lance Burton, Copperfield’s Museum, More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on November 29th, 2021

Lance Burton returned to the Vegas stage over the weekend for a charity event but first he stopped by to talk to Fox 5 Vegas about the show.

The Hollywood Reporter just ran a short interview with David Copperfield about collecting magic and magic history related to his new book on magic history.

Speaking of magic history, MSN just shared a Mental Floss story on sawing women in half.

Phil Butler Passes at 51 [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on October 20th, 2021

British comic and magician Phil Butler has passed away at the age of 51. Tributes are pouring in for the performer, who was mainly known in the United Kingdom, but you can read more about Phil and some of the tributes in this New York Daily News article.

Allan Slaight Passes Away [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on September 23rd, 2021

Allan Slaight, Canadian media magnate and namesake of the Allan Slaight Magic Awards, has passed away at the age of 90. You can read (or listen) to his obituary on the Globe and Mail website.

The video above is Gordon Lightfoot paying tribute to Mr. Slaight at the 2005 Juno Awards. I chose this video because, despite of Allan Slaight’s extraordinary impact on arts and media in Canada (and beyond), I could find no video, no interview, no feature on him. Put Allan Slaight in a YouTube search and you will get hundreds, probably thousands, of results. But they all are associated with the many awards and programs endowed by Mr. Slaight… and honestly, that is probably the greatest obituary for him.

Obie O’Brien Broken Wand

Posted by Michael on September 14th, 2021

FFFF co-founder and former IBM International President Obie O’Brien has passed away according to a statement on the FFFF website.

To learn more about O’Brien’s career in magic watch episodes two, three and four of the series on his life posted by magician Tim Ellis.

Broken Wand: Tony Junior

Posted by Michael on August 27th, 2021

The Express has confirmed Tony Junior, popular South Shields’ Ampitheatre magician who appeared in the reality series The Seasiders, has passed away after contracting Covid-19.