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John Young

John Young

Brief Biography

A stalwart performer for both The Magicians Club and The Magic Circle, had lessons from David Devant. He was also a genuine thespian specialising in character performance including, and not least, the Devil himself. One of the ‘old school’ with excellent diction who could project his unamplified voice to the back of the stalls.

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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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