David Budd MIMC

Remembered by John Davenport

March 2020

Iím sad to report that David Budd MIMC of Leamington Spa died on Saturday 21 March. He was 90, had not been well for some time and died peacefully in a hospice. Davidís name may not be well known to younger magicians but he was active on the cabaret circuit, particularly in the Midlands and London areas. David, with his wife Rita, had an act called Magic in Lavender. He often performed at The Magic Circle events and was great friends with John Salisse, who was for many years secretary of The Magic Circle.

David had a printing business which was often used by people in the worlds of magic and variety. Goodliffe, who was another good friend, was one such customer. David maintained his passion for magic and variety theatre in general and was well known at magic history events in the UK, continental Europe and the USA. He was particularly interested in exploring the history of his mentor Milton Woodward and was working on a book at the time of his death. David was terrific company and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.


John Davenport, March 2020




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