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Roger Woods

Dr Roger Woods is a lawyer, magician, musician, author, lecturer and publisher. He is a retired Solicitor and former Barrister at Law. He was a Senior Crown Prosecutor and a former Crown Advocate with the Crown Prosecution Service. He is an active Chairman of The Modern Mystic League (Blackburn & District Society of Magicians), which celebrated its 100th year as the fifth oldest magic club in the UK in February 2014. He has been President of the Society four times. He is also a Past President of the Northern Magic Circle (Frank Richmond Order), and a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (Order of Merlin Shield) and the Cavendish Knights of Close-Up Magic. He is an Associate Member of The Inner Magic Circle (AIMC with Silver Star) and was a member of The Magic Circle Ethics Committee. He enjoys performing close-up magic. He has also conducted extensive research on magical history and co-authored a number of books with Brian Lead MIMC. He enjoys visiting magic Conventions and always has a pack of cards handy. He likes helping fellow magicians increase their knowledge of magic. He also offers magic talks and lectures to clubs and societies. He won the Professor Hoffmann Memorial Lecture award 2015 from The Magic Circle for his lecture on "What are the ingredients of the 'perfect' magic trick?" which was published in The Magic Circular February 2016 issue and presented to The Magic Circle in March 2016.

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Chris Van Bern: The Busy 'B' by Roger WoodsThis is a biography of Chris Van Bern (1872? - 1950) christened The Busy 'B' by The Magician Monthly in 1911 because of his versatility as a variety performer. His presentations were original and he was something of a 'character'. He became a member of so many local magic clubs throughout the UK that it is believed his record has never been surpassed by anyone. He was Honorary Vice President, for example, of The Modern Mystic League (Blackburn & District Society of Magicians), and The Order of The Magi (Manchester). A generous man to all magicians he co-authored A Whirlwind of Wizadry with De...
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Showmen or Charlatans? The stories of 'Dr' Walford Bodie and 'Sir' Alexander Cannon by Brian Lead & Roger WoodsThe ebook tells the stories of 'Dr' Walford Bodie and 'Sir' Alexander Cannon both flamboyant magical characters of the last century. Walford Bodie was a magician-showman known to Houdini who sent him the actual electric chair from "Sing Sing" prison. Cannon was also an eccentric character suspected by MI5 of being a spy in World War II!

The cover features caricatures of Bodie and Cannon specially designed by magic graphic artist Donald Monk.

1st edition 2005, 1st digital edition 2013, 77 pages, 29 illustrations.

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Josephine Langley Lady Ventriloquist: The story of Mrs Edward Howarth by Roger Woods & Maurice S. HowarthThe fascinating true story of the Lancashire mill girl, Mrs Edward Howarth who became a music hall artiste as Josephine Langley, an accomplished ventriloquist. She was particularly popular during the First World War with her patriotic 'Soldier Act'. The family emigrated to America but returned to England after many adventures during the Prohibition era.

1st edition 2008, 1st digital edition 2013, 34 pages.

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Houdini The Myth Maker by Brian Lead & Roger WoodsThis ebook examines some of Houdini's escapades in Lancashire, England and explodes some of the myths that the world famous escapologist built up around himself. It draws on contemporary newspaper accounts and sources. Amongst other stories it relates closely the controversy surrounding Houdini's appearance at the Palace Theatre, Blackburn, England in October 1902 when he faced one of his severest challenges from William Hope Hodgson, who was to go on to be a writer of fantasy literature before his death in the First World War. Houdini, a master of showmanship and publicity, was able to exploit the ordeal...
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Harry Houdini Legend and Legacy by Brian Lead & Roger WoodsThis ebook draws on the contemporary and other accounts to examine the persona Houdini created, having been born one Ehrich Weiss in Hungary prior to immigrating to America as a young child. It recaptures the era of variety and some of the acts that were rivalling Houdini. It explores in detail Houdini's clash with Carl Mysto in Salford in 1904, which had Houdini taking the unprecedented step of exposing his rival's coffin escape on stage. It also tells the story of Jack Wilson, a blacksmith, who claimed to have beaten Houdini at his own game following his challenges to Houdini in Blackburn and Bolton...
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