Guy Cater Welcomed To BAM

Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians - Alan Watson and Guy Cater

Guy Cater was welcomed to the BAM Outer Circle at our October meeting. Guy is a professional hypnotist, magician and comedian who has performed around the world and is the only New Zealand hypnotist to have headlined in Las Vegas. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Benny Award from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand for a lifetime of excellence in the performing arts.

Success for BAM Members at 2014 Benny Awards

Members of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians were well represented at the recent 2014 Benny Awards evening hosted by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand at Crowne Plaza in Auckland City.

Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians : Andre Vegas Benny Awards

Performing the iconic substitution trunk illusion was
Andre Vegas, assisted by the Vegas Girls.

Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians : Mick Peck Benny Awards

The 2014 Top Children’s Entertainer Award went to
Mick Peck, pictured here with VAC Patrons David
Hartnell MNZM and Gray Bartlett MBE.

Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians : Jarred Fell Benny Awards

The 2014 Lou Clauson Award for Top Variety
Entertainer went to Jarred Fell, pictured here
alongside Barbie Davidson and Johnny Watson.

Honours At 2014 BAM Ladies’ Night

Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Club : Wizards Award

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2014 Wizard’s Award : Brian Oakes. The Wizard’s Award is presented annually to the BAM member who has won the most monthly competitions for the best magic presented at our meetings, as voted by members.

BAM : Alan Watson and Stan Goudge

Stan Goudge was presented with a BAM Presidential Citation in recognition of decades of service for the BAM. Stan has been President of the BAM seven times and served countless terms as Secretary. He remains an important part of the committee as Club Historian. Flowers were presented to Marie Goudge to recognise her contribution.

2015 Wizard’s Award Prize

The BAM committee is proud to announce that the 2015 Wizard’s Award recipient will be presented with a copy of the mammoth Magic 1400s-1950s book.

Thanks to the kind donation of Gene McCarthy from International Entertainment the BAM owns a copy of the original unabridged Taschens 670 page version which is a collector’s edition and now out-of-print.

The Wizard’s Award is presented annually to the BAM member who has won the most monthly competitions for the best magic presented at our meetings, as voted by members.

 BAM : Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Incorporated, New Zealand

Magic 1400s-1950s by Mike Caveney (Author), Jim Steinmeyer (Author), Ricky Jay (Author), Noel Daniel (Editor)

Magic has enchanted humankind for millennia, evoking terror, laughter, shock, and amazement. Once persecuted as heretics and sorcerers, magicians have always been conduits to a parallel universe of limitless possibility—whether invoking spirits, reading minds, or inverting the laws of nature by sleight of hand. Long before science fiction, virtual realities, video games and the internet, the craft of magic was the most powerful fantasy world man had ever known. As the pioneers of special effects throughout history, magicians have never ceased to mystify us by making the impossible possible.

This book celebrates more than 500 years of the stunning visual culture of the world’s greatest magicians. Featuring more than 850 rarely seen vintage posters, photographs, handbills, and engravings as well as paintings by Hieronymus Bosch and Caravaggio among others, it traces the history of magic as a performing art from the 1400s to the 1950s. Combining sensational images with incisive text, the book explores the evolution of the magician’s craft, from medieval street performers to the brilliant stage magicians who gave rise to cinematic special effects; from the 19th century’s golden age of magic to groundbreaking daredevils like Houdini and the early 20th century’s vaudevillians.

Alan Watson Visits David Copperfield’s International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts

Our President Alan Watson has just returned home after attending the joint IBM/SAM magic convention in St Louis, USA.

One of the major highlights of his trip was being invited by David Copperfield to visit his magic museum in Las Vegas. Below are photographs of original Harry Houdini memorabilia including his iconic Water Torture Chamber, also a gag levitation shot available to guests of the museum. Alan will be showing a slideshow of photographs from the museum at our next meeting.

BAM : Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Club, New Zealand

BAM : Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Club, New Zealand

Wayne’s Just Magic

BAM Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Club

BAM Vice-President Wayne “Chicane” Rogers has recently returned from presenting a magic lecture in Vancouver, Canada.

As well as being a full-time entertainer Wayne is a prolific inventor of magic and his creations are sold in magic shops world-wide. He is the only New Zealander to have lectured at both the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and London’s Magic Circle.

Wayne’s lecture in Canada featured a number of his original magic routines and was most well-received by local magicians.

Wayne and wife Elizabeth cruised to Vancouver via San Francisco on the Queen Victoria, and met on board Roger McGuinn, iconic lead singer and guitarist from The Byrds. Roger is currently appearing as a speaker on cruise ships discussing his musical career.

Peter Evans At Jon Zealando’s Roast 1996

Peter Evans GMM roasts Jon Zealando GMM in 1996.  Other members of the panel included his showbusiness friends Max Cryer MBE, Phil Warren QSO, Les Andrews QSM, John Maybury, Gerry Merrito, Chic Littlewood, Guy Cater, Monique Feron and Elaine Bracey. Thanks to Michael Colonna for this rare clip from the archives of the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand.

Two Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Club Members Honoured With International SME Awards

The iconic Stevens Magic Emporium in Wichita, Kansas has announced the creation of two international magic industry awards. They are named after two individuals of whose legacies are of the highest order – the award for mentalism is titled the Annemann Award, the award for magic is titled the Robert Houdin Award.

The inductees for 2013-2014 Annemann Award are:

Docc Hilford, Jon Stetson, Ted Karmilovich, Neal Scryer, Richard Webster and Jerome Finley.

The inductee for the 2014 Robert Houdin Award is Paul Romhany.

The BAM send our congratulations to both Richard and Paul for their fantastic achievement. Having two New Zealanders honoured is a wonderful accomplishment for magic in this country.

Magician Jarred Fell Promoted to BAM Inner Circle

Auckland Magicians Club BAM

Congratulations to the newest member of the Inner Circle of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians, Jarred Fell. Jarred is a fixture on the NZ comedy scene and was recently in Singapore performing his comedy magic. Pictured with BAM President Alan Watson at our February meeting.

Richard Webster GMM Reinstated as Inner Circle Member of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians

Congratulations to the newest member of the Inner Circle of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians, Richard Webster. Richard is a Past President of the BAM and a recipient of the prestigious Grand Master of Magic Award. Pictured below at our November meeting performing a section of his new mentalism act with the assistance of Jo and Jess from the Andre Vegas illusion show.

Richard Webster Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Club

Entertainment Honours for Members of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians

Pictured at the recent 2013 Benny Awards evening hosted by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Inc at Crowne Plaza, Auckland :

Jarred Fell Rielly Comedy Award

Jarred Fell : Rielly Comedy Award Recipient

Andre Vegas Top Variety Act 2013

Andre Vegas : Top Variety Act, Certificate of Merit to Joanna
Marie Burberry, presented by Jon Zealando GMM and Monique Feron

Mick Peck Auckland Magician David Hartnell MNZM

Mick Peck : Special VAC Award of Appreciation,
presented by David Hartnell MNZM

Alan Watson Aleshia Spiers Michele Watson Rising Star 2013

Aleshia Spiers : Pat McMinn Rising Star Award, presented by proud
grandparents BAM President Alan Watson GMM and wife Michele

Three BAM Magicians in the Media

BAM members Alan Watson GMM, Wayne Rogers GMM and Mick Peck were recently interviewed for TV3 about the recent resurgance of magic in the media.