Courtesy North Shore Times.
Courtesy North Shore Times.
Members of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians pictured at our 2016 Partners’ Night. Photograph courtesy Jason Fell.
Congratulations to the newest member of the BAM Inner Circle Alan Worman, pictured here with BAM President Alan Watson QSM. The Inner Circle consists of magicians who have proven themselves at club meetings and public shows to be of a high standard of performance; demonstrable by such things as individual style, speciality acts, originality and showmanship.
Cast and crew of the 2016 Magic Moments Family Comedy Magic Show, photo courtesy Jason Fell. Thanks to everyone who helped make our annual shows a success.
BAM President Alan Watson QSM on The Guy Cater Show, May 2016.
After a sold-out first year, the Magic Moments Family Comedy Magic Show is back! Join us on Saturday the 14th of May for an enchanting show starring some of New Zealand’s top magicians. Magic and illusion, comedy and fun for the whole family.
The best value family entertainment in town! Adult tickets just $15 each, children’s tickets $10 each. Family (2A3C) $50, save $10.
The must-see Magic Moments show is on for ONE DAY and two performances only – Saturday 14th of May 2016, 2pm and 7pm. The venue is the lovely Rose Theatre, School Road, Belmont on Auckland’s North Shore. Free parking onsite. To book call 021 0826 6616 or visit www.MagicMoments.co.nz
The Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians pay respects to their club patron, international superstar of magic Paul Daniels.
Paul passed away peacefully on the 17th of March 2016 at his home.
Paul was appointed as Patron of the Brotherhood of Magicians in 2015. He made several visits to New Zealand during his career, most notably when he headlined the 30th New Zealand International Magicians Convention in 2010.
Our thoughts are with Paul’s family and his widow Debbie McGee.
Pictured above are some of the BAM members present at this year’s annual Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Benny Award Evening. Members Andy Wonder and Paula Wray (Trixie) were nominated in the Top Children’s Entertainer category, Ken Ring recieved a prestigious VAC Scroll of Honour for his contribution to the entertainment industry and Wayne Rogers GMM was presented with the Agnew Award for a long-term professionalism as a professional magician.
The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand is the premier association for entertainers and performing artists in this country. The organisation was formed in 1966 to foster the friendship and cooperation of members and to promote goodwill in the entertainment industry. Although based in Auckland they have a membership spanning across New Zealand and the world.
Each year the VAC presents prestigious industry awards with their highest honour being the iconic Benny Award. Membership is open to entertainers, performers and those with a link to the entertainment industry. More information at www.vac.org.nz
BAM President Alan Watson QSM GMM presents the 2015 Wizard Award trophy to joint winners Jarred Fell and Wayne Rogers GMM. The Wizard Award is presented annually the magician who presents the best magic at our monthly meetings, as voted upon by those present.
Members of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Inc at our annual dinner. The Ladies’ Night is a yearly tradition held by the BAM where wives and partners of BAM members can socialise over a dinner and cabaret show. This year’s entertainment was provided by Benny Award recipients Guy Cater and Marian Burns. Photo credit Jason Fell.
Congratulations to BAM President Alan Watson QSM who appeared on the cover of the Magic Circle’s monthly membership magazine in celebration of receiving the Queen’s Service Medal in the 2015 New Year’s Honours.
The Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Inc is delighted to announce that international star of magic Paul Daniels has been appointed as club patron.
Full results of the election of officers at this month’s Annual General Meeting :
President : Alan Watson QSM GMM
Vice-President : Wayne Rogers GMM
Secretary/Treasurer : Mick Peck
Outer Circle Representative : Andy Wonder
Programme Coordinator : Sean O’Shea
Historian : Stan Goudge JP
Patron : Paul Daniels
The Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians (BAM) was formed in 1945. It has a focus on membership from professional and semi-professional working magicians.
Our objectives as outlined in our constitution are to promote goodwill, mutual respect and cooperation amongst active performing magicians; to instil respect and loyalty for the personal inventions, specialities and routines of fellow magicians and to enhance professionalism in all areas of the business of magic.
The BAM are the custodians of the prestigious Grand Master of Magic Award®, the highest honour for a New Zealand magician.
Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians President Alan Watson QSM is pictured here alongside Jon Armstrong, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Hollywood’s prestigious Academy of Magical Arts. Alan was presented with the AMA Award of Merit for his services to magic.
A big thanks to everyone involved with the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians’ Magic Moments Family Comedy Magic Show.
All the performers – Andy Wonder, Paula Wray, Ken Ring, Mick Peck, Sean O’Shea, Wayne Rogers and Alan Watson, assisted by Mel Watson. Guy Cater who did a superb job as our magical master of ceremonies.
Our tech crew – Mike Richards, Tony Wilson, Michele and Melanie Watson, Bernard Reid, Brendon Fraser, Stefan Sageman and Jason Fell our photographer.
Brian Oakes, Alan Worman and Ken Ring who entertained the masses during the intermission.
Special thanks to Alan and Emily Worman for doing a fantastic job with front of house and running our concession stand.
You can’t have a show without an audience so our thanks to everyone who came along to support us.
The Magic Moments Family Comedy Magic Show will return …
Alan Watson has pulled a few tricks over the decades which have surprised and delighted his audiences, but the Auckland magician was the one left stunned to find himself on this year’s New Year’s Honours list.
“I have never seen this before; I am quite surprised,” he says of receiving the QSM “for services as a magician”.
He says he has no idea who nominated him for the award and wondered at the detail in the biographical note issued by Government House.
“I was astounded, where did they get all this information from?”
Once it settled in Watson decided it was a thrilling award for New Zealand magicians.
“Our art form is going to be recognised with a royal honour.”
His grand uncle was a magician in World War One and the magic wand has been passed through the generations. His 15-year-old Oamaru grand-daughter has won age group national honours already.
He has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians for more than 33 years.
He has organised more than 100 international lectures on the art of magic.
In the last 10 years, he has arranged $70,000 of sponsorship for young magicians to attend conventions and lectures in New Zealand and Australia.
Since the 1990s, Watson has served in a voluntary capacity as New Zealand representative on several international magic societies, including the Society of American Magicians and The Magic Circle, London.
Watson was the resident magician at Auckland’s Rainbow’s End and is now a resident at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre.
“I’ve always had plenty of work.”
Article courtesy the Dominion Post, reproduced with permission.
BAM Secretary/Treasurer Mick Peck has been presented with a Special Magic New Zealand Award For Outstanding Contribution to NZ Magic. Mick is pictured above with Magic New Zealand directors Michele and Alan Watson.
The honour was presented at the recent day of magic held at the Playhouse Theatre in Auckland. It reads : “In recognition of his long term service and exceptional contribution to the magic fraternity of this country.”
Congratulations to Sean O’Shea who was accepted into the Inner Circle of the BAM at our November meeting. The Inner Circle consists of magicians twenty years of age and over called from the Outer Circle. These are experienced magicians who have proven themselves at club meetings and public shows to be of a high standard of performance; demonstrable by such things as individual style, speciality acts, originality and showmanship.
Members of the BAM performed a special charity show at Selwyn Village in Point Chevalier in recognition of Houdini Day. The event marks the anniversary of the passing of legendary entertainer Harry Houdini, who died on the 31st of October 1926. Pictured from left are Alan Worman, Gail and Graham Bennett, Tony Wilson GMM, Sean O’Shea, Stan Goudge, Stefan Sageman, Mr Goodtimes, Bill Boyle, Malcolm Silverman and Wayne Rogers GMM.