(Harrow, England: 28th December 1933 – 20th October 2012)
Stage name of Alan Arthur Howson. Learned at age 8 by loan of Lang Neil's The Modern Conjurer. Lessons from Ernest E. Noakes. Inspired by Robert Harbin (who later willed Shaxon most of his props). Debut in teens. In banking 1949-57. Then since 1957 a pro variety and cruise-ship performer-lecturer, working his "Sophisticated Sorcery" act with assistant Anne Dolby whom he married in 1956. Pet effects: Aerial Fishing, Thumb Tie, Human Gasometer, and Hydrostatic Glass. MIMC 1958. Invented Final Epic (1970). British Ring President 1990-91. Awarded The Maskelyne in 1991.
Wrote My Kind of Magic (1970, 77pp) and Practical Sorcery (1976, 64pp). Series in Abra, Magic Circular, and Magic Info. Articles in Genii, Magigram, MUM, Pentagram, Swami, etc. TV bits.
Coauthors: Dick Turpin, Ken de Courcy