David Nixon

david nixon

David Nixon - The gentleman magician

David Nixon (1919-1978) was the best known magician in the UK in the 1960s and 70s and one of the most popular personalities on British television. Nixon was the inspiration for Steve Short's career as a professional magician.

Nixon's father, a lawyer and magician hobbyist, took David as a child to watch performers such as Nevil Maskelyne and David Devant. By 1938 Nixon joined the Magic Circle and a local band as a double-bass player.

At the start of the war Nixon joined ENSA to entertain the troops and soon after the war he was joined on stage by Norman Wisdom. His big break was in 1954 when he appeared on "What's My Line".

Steve has already told his hero's remarkable life story in a highly acclaimed book, David Nixon: Entertainer with the Magic Touch, that he worked on with Edwin A Dawes. Now be part of the illusion as he brings Nixon's story to life with a fascinating audio-visual presentation that explains how David's childhood fascination with conjuring tricks led to wartime adventures with ENSA, and how he rose from running concert parties to being the nation's best-loved star.

Below is an introduction of Steve's talk

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I am delighted to tell you that Steve Short was a wonderful Guest on The Darkstone Dossiers Zoom Show. He spoke well and indeed knowledgeably on David Nixon. His appearance elicited many words of praise from the attendees who joined us from various countries and Magical Societies such as The IBM, The Magic Circle & The Society of American Magicians. If your Club is seeking a rare and indeed an interesting lecture on the life & times of David Nixon then I wholeheartedly recommend that you contact Steve.

Anthony Darkstone
President of The International Assembly of The Society of American Magicians

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