Alan Shaxon – The Sophisticated Sorcerer by Alan Shaxon, Scott Penrose, Stephen Short

(c. 2015) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Details: This is a magic book. Not only does it contain detailed workings of the tricks that Alan used throughout half a century of performing magic professionally, but it also reveals Alan’s constant sense of wonder at his world.

In my experience of him, he never tired of travelling and never tired of being with magicians. He enjoyed the practical things of life and was as adept tinkering under the bonnet of a car as he was on the internet when trying to locate a source of Edwardian gas mantles or old Polaroid cameras and films, both items which he used regularly when performing.

Contents (from book ToC):

3 Foreword (John Wade)
7 Introduction (Steve Short)

Part 1 A Magical Life
11 Alan Howston Is Introduced
17 The Double Act
25 Life At Sea
35 Anne Bows Out
39 The Magic Circle’s New HQ
47 Into Retirement
51 My Early Influences
57 Thoughts on Lecturing
59 Harbin Rembembered
71 Family Matters
79 Friends Reminisce

80 Part 2 The Magic of the Sophisticated Sorcerer
91 Introduction (Scott Penrose)
95 Mix and Mingle Card Magic
95 The Thick Card
98 Neither Has This One
99 Biddle Surprise
100 Card Stab
100 One-Eyed Jack Sandwich
100 Photo Card Trick
106 Hour of Destiny
107 Locked Bill Tube
110 Aerial Fishing
116 Chinese Sticks
118 Tearing Up the News
125 Torn and Restored Drink Trick
128 Linking Rings
130 Ultimate Nudist Deck
138 Tissue Cards
140 Jumbo Card Rise
144 Find the Lady on Stage
150 Rabbit In a Hat
153 Die Box, Rabbit and a Hat
157 A Lesson In Magic
162 Confabulation
169 Cash, Card or Credit?
172 Headline Prediction
175 Bewitched, Re-Bottled and Bewildered
180 A Toast to Robert Harbin
183 The Captain’s Card Trick
186 Card in Whisky Bottle
191 Hydrostatic Glass

195 Afterword (John Wade)
199 Acknowledgements
201 Index

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