Tony Russell

Remembered by Jack Delvin, President of The Magic Circle

Regretfully we have lost another great character from the magic scene. Tony had an interesting and varied life.

He loved magic from an early age. Despite a fervent wish to be a full time magician he initially earned his living by running two or three hairdressing salons in London.

Then, in the late 60ís or early 70ís, he decided to move to Basingstoke where he created a very successful office cleaning business, which encompassed contracts with companies like Boots.

His private life was no less busy. He was married more than once and fathered six children who live all around the world.

On retirement he, together with his lovely wife, Jane, started Pennywise Magic. Jane is Chinese and through that connection Tony was able to offer the cheapest silks to the fraternity.

Tony was also a MOBster. No, not a gangster type mobster; a member of the Magicians of Basingstoke magic society. A very active and successful club of which I am proud, alongside Fay Presto, to be an honorary member.

Tony worked long and hard for the MOB in various capacities including Hon. Secretary and finally President.

I shall always remember Tony for his twinkling eyes, his total dedication to anything that he took on; and his ready willingness to help his fellow man and woman in any way he could.

Bless you Tony and thank you for all the laughs we shared.