Alan's got a magic touch

ON FIRE: Magician Alan Watson has performed in front of big names like Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Robert Muldoon, Jackie Chan, Denzel Washington and Whoopi Goldberg.
ON FIRE: Magician Alan Watson has performed in front of big names like Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Robert Muldoon, Jackie Chan, Denzel Washington and Whoopi Goldberg.

SPILLING the secret isn't part of magician Alan Watson's act.

"It's the tricks of the trade and my trade is tricks," he says.

The Birkdale resident has been practising magic for 53 years and he was recently awarded a presidential citation from the Society of American Magicians. He has been a member for 20 years.

"It was a great honour to get an award like that in little old New Zealand."

The society has handed out only two citations worldwide this year. It recognises his support and endless hours of commitment for the betterment of the society.

One of his projects is producing a weekly e-zine which is read by magicians in 78 countries.

Magic runs in Mr Watson's family.

His great-great-uncle Oswald Ashton inspired him to become a magician.

Mr Ashton performed during World War One and was one of the eight founding members of the New Zealand Society of Magicians in 1920.

Now Mr Watson's wife, three daughters and granddaughter are all in on the act.

He and his wife Michele were awarded the highest international award that has ever been presented to New Zealand magicians.

The Dragon award is presented in recognition of outstanding teamwork in the art of magic and it was presented to them in New York.

They have performed at a number of international venues including the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Mr Watson believes magic is a combination of all artforms.

And he can't imagine doing anything else.

"I had a dream as a wee boy, it's all I wanted to do."

Visit www.watson.co.nz for more information.

North Shore Times