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Andy Presto
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I am very sad to report that Alan Shaxon, past President of The Magic Circle, has passed away this morning. He was always a true gentleman and will be sorely missed.
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Very, Very Sad. I always enjoyed talking with him and watching him work. Such a class act. As a close friend of Robert Harbin, he gave a glimpse into Harbin's genius in his own performance. I know the last time he worked Abbott's I asked him to please write another book. His first two books will stand as simple but practical magic treatises for years. Watching him work from the wings and preparing his props was a lesson in prop management. A true, true professional.

My sympathies go out to Anne and the family. Rest in Peace.

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Leslie Melville
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Hugely saddened to hear this dreadful news. A highly skilled performer and a true gentleman of the profession. Very sad news indeed.

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I wanted to create something special for a special man who did so much for the world of magic. RIP Alan Shaxon. Your magic and your kindness lives on in the memories of those who were fortunate to know you.

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This is truly sad news. Rest in peace Mr. Shaxon.
Leslie Melville
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Further to the sad passing of Alan Shaxon. He was one of my modern day magical heroes.

I had known him personally for about thirty years, having met him in Glasgow in the early nineteen eighties when he lectured at the Scottish Conjurers Association. We subsequently met from time to time at Magic Conventions and Magic Club Dinners – occasionally working on the same show. At these events I have particular reason to be grateful for his kindness and generosity. It is well known that he was a great exponent of and enjoyed featuring the Thumb-Tie, but on each of the occasions that we were included on the same bill, knowing how important the trick was to me (I always closed with it), he withdrew the trick from his programme. You don't forget this kind of gesture.

In the mid-nineteen eighties, at a time when I was employed by Bourne Leisure - Caravan (trailer) Holiday Parks, I was tasked with the job of engaging magicians to appear in a week long magic themed event at the Berwick Holiday Centre. I was able to secure the services of George Johnstone, Patrick Page, Billy McComb, Larry Becker, Ken DeCourcy, Cedric Monarch, Gordon Bruce, Clive Webb & Co. and several other prominent magical names of the time – including Alan Shaxon & Anne.

Having agreed a fee with Alan, and knowing that he had inherited the props of the late Robert Harbin, I asked Alan if it would be possible for him to bring the illusion, 'Little By Little'. This was a wonderful but rarely seen Harbin creation. After the most minimal of pauses and to my great delight Alan agreed to bring the illusion to Berwick.

He did and subsequently 'slayed' the audience of largely general public holidaymakers with his usual classy performance – including of course, 'Little by Little'.

Artistically the week was very successful, to the extent that I was charged with repeating the event the following year. Unfortunately there were not as many magicians in attendance as I would have liked but those that came enjoyed the experience and promised to come again.

It was much later that I was told by Patrick Page of the problems that Alan experienced in bringing this illusion to Berwick! To begin with, the prop doesn't break down! In size it resembles a large double wardrobe. So in order to transport it, Alan had to hire (at some expense) a trailer that he could attach to the back of his car. After a relatively uneventful journey of some three hundred miles he arrived at Berwick. The journey home was not so uneventful! In a high wind on the A1 Motorway, the loaded trailer began swaying behind the car and almost turned the vehicle upside down. When he eventually arrived home, he discovered extensive damage to the rear of his car.

At no time did he complain to me and as I have said, if it had not been for Pat Page, I would never have known.

When I asked him to bring the illusion to Berwick, I was unaware that it didn't break down for transporting – Alan would have been entitled to ask for additional expenses for the hire of the trailer – but he didn't – we had agreed a fee and as far as he was concerned that was it. I can think of very few professionals who would have behaved in this way.

I shall always remember his kindness, generosity and integrity.

Leslie.
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Thank you Leslie for sharing a wonderful story about a wonderful man.

Richard
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Bill Hegbli
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My favorite performer, still use most of his material in his books. He was the owner of all the Harbin tricks and material.

He was a cruise ship magician as well. He presented magic as it should be presented, professional and sophisticated.
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Lousy quality, but gives you a sense of the man:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXVWlOvbUSM
Bill Hegbli
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Thanks for that wonderful look into Alan Shaxon and the last Cutting In Half from Robert Harbin. Great Magician and Great Illusions.
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