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Alan Shaxon

Alan Shaxon

(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

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Tearing Them Up by Dick Turpin & Alan Shaxon & Ken de Courcy

There can be no doubt about it, the "Torn and Restored Newspaper" is one of our modern classics. Many excellent versions have been published and marketed by dealers over the years. In the pages of this manuscript, we are pleased to present two excellent variations, Dick Turpin's "Torn and Restored Newspaper" and "Tearing Up the News" by Alan Shaxon, both first-class methods. Both versions are very easy to prepare and to perform. Additionally, we have included Ken de Courcy's patter presentation for the Dick Turpin routine, which of course, can be used for either variation. Ken’s patter is...

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