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Dynamo leads tributes to award-winning Hampstead magician Anthony Owen

Magic Circle pays tribute to father-of-three who died on Friday

15 April, 2019

DYNAMO was leading the tributes as the world of magic mourned the death of Hampstead magician Anthony Owen.

The father-of-three, who lived near Fitzjohns Primary School, where he was due to appear at a fund-raiser next term, died on Friday.

“Absolutely gutted to hear of the passing of a true pioneer in magic and television,” tweeted Dynamo, the Magician Impossible star who also lives in Hampstead. “This is a sad day, his work inspired magicians all over the world including myself, he will be missed greatly. Sending love to his family at this time.”

Mr Owen, 46, had appeared in and was executive producer of the Children’s BBC programme Help! My Supply Teacher Is Magic, which had scenes filmed at Fitzjohns. More widely, he was known as an engaging performer who had devised material for other acts too, including Paul Daniels, David Copperfield and The Great Soprendo Geoffrey Durham. He served as a consultant on several big name shows, including some featuring the mentalist Derren Brown, and this year had been a judge on a young magicians’ competition.

Fellow Hampstead magician Dynamo

Scott Penrose, president of the Magic Circle, said:  I’d like send our condolences to the family of Anthony Owen MIMC [Member of the Inner Magic Circle] who died on Friday. Anthony was respected throughout the magic and entertainment community for the creativity and support he offered so many.”

He added: “For The Magic Circle, he served on Council, edited our magazine ‘The Magic Circular’, volunteered his time for The Young Magicians’ Club and much more. He will be missed by many and our thoughts are with his children at this difficult time.”

Comedian and magician John Archer said: “Really sad to hear of the passing of Anthony Owen. A great force in TV Magic and always fun to work with. He was kind and supportive. I will miss his random texts and bursts of laughter.”

In a message posted online, his company Fab Media said: “It is with immense sadness that we can confirm that Anthony Owen, creator of magic and friend and inspiration to magicians everywhere, died on Friday April 12. He was a great director and producer, multiple BAFTA winner but also the kindest and most generous of men. He was a devoted father and our thoughts are with his family at this incredibly sad time.”


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