"The Pentacle Club was recently delighted to welcome Steve Short and Scott Penrose with the presentation of the lecture based on their book.

The resulting book is recommended; as is the presentation the two authors give. Steve starts the evening in an entertaining way with details from Alan's life, influences, and performances, and illustrates his talk with a number of photographs and film clips, telling how Alan became interested in magic; his friendships with other performers, particularly Robert Harbin; and how Anne, and later daughter Julia, became part of the act.

Following a short break, Scott, (as immaculate in his way as Alan was in his), presented and explained a number of Alan's effects, including the classic aerial fishing, die-box and rabbit production, 'Confabulation', Alan's take on Robert Harbin's 'Captain's card trick', finally finishing with the ingenious card in whiskey bottle.

Of course the book was available to buy, as were some of the packaged effects, including Confabulation from the Ken Brooke range. An excellent evenings magic, entertainment and, like the book, a fine tribute to a modest but true great of British magic. I would highly recommend you see this evening if it comes near you."

Alan Maskell


The confirmed dates so far are:

3 September 2014 - Ilford Magical Society
14 October - The Pentacle Club
12 November 2014 - Zodiac Magical Society
18 November 2014 - Peterborough Society Of Magicians
19 January 2015 - Leicester Magic Circle
4 February 2015 - Bexley Magic Society
11 February 2015 - Merlins Of Wakefield
12 February 2015 - The Hull Magicians Circle
17 February 2015 - Anglian Magic Society
26 February 2015 - The Surrey Society Of Magicians
30 March 2015 - Newcastle Magic Circle
14 April 2015 - Blackpool Magicians Club
19 April 2015 - Modern Mystic League (Blackburn)
27 April 2015 - Manchester Circle Of Magicians
5 May 2015- Mid Essex Magical Society
11 May 2015- Middlesborough Circle of Magicians
14 May 2015- Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle
25 May 2015 - Derby Magic Circle
3 June 2015 - Shrewsbury Magical Society
15 June 2015 - The Magic Circle
4 September 2015 - Bradford Magic Circle
9 September 2015 - York Society Of Magicians
22 September 2015 - British Magical Society
1 October 2015 - Winchester Magical Society

If you would like to book the lecture for your society please contact us at steve@alanshaxonbook.com