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Francis White

Francis White

Brief Biography

A President (the 8th) of The Magic Circle his tenure covered a period of decades. Although he was categorised as a Semi-professional magician working in Cabaret and Stage magic, his brilliant timing and casual wit were of a completely professional standard. He was droll and amusing in a much understated English way. In his youth he was taught magic by David Devant.

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FRANCIS WHITE LECTURE INTROS

How nice to hear Francis White in his pomp, long time President of The Magic Circle, working out his introductions to various artists for up coming lecture.

 

FRANCIS WHITE INTERVIEWS JOHN YOUNG 12.9.77

Devano introductions – Francis introduces John Young – Andertons – joined 1930 – The Magicians Club – Maskelynes – St, Georges Hall – Stanyon – strippers – from his house in Solent Road, Hampstead – Lenz – Magicians Club – Ivanhoe or Kenilworth – Goldston – Sunday evenings – joined after Houdini – library story – Arthur Prince – Horace Golding Egg Bag – Jossefy – assistant to Thurston – Talking Skull – head turning signal – 4D story – silks – verbal force – 15.5.1930died – character sketch Dickens Hindu’s Paradise poem – die into marble clock effect – threads – Hoffmann Card Star – council 1933 – Max Templeton – 1933 banquet Park Lane Hotel – J.F.Orrin – Robert Harbin – John Young torn and restored newspaper – Dedi – 1934 – tableau – Lord Ampthill – Mahmoud – colour and show on the stage – quick change – compeering – Aberdeen Magic Society – 9 of diamonds – Army Shows – Royal Fusileers – Lord Nelson – wife Lesley Young – prologue as the Devil – painted gold – green make up – Capt L.C. Nichols – Edmund Younger Servais le Roy glass bowl production – late 1940’s – St,Albans pageant – fire eating – David Devant – fire eating gimmick given by Devant – John Brierly – Ralph Reader Albert Hall – prologue at Scala Theatre – week long – Douglass Craggs – Merlin – 1950 Naldret gave up Magic Circular – John became editor – 1945 – original card Stanyon sold it – wand through card penetration – contrast contemporary magic with the past – Wilfred Allen – Ralph Delvin sympathetic silks – quote Delvin advice to young magicians – ‘When you go on the stage regard your audience as dirt!’

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