The late Patrick Page was recognised the world over as one of magic’s greatest teachers. His knowledge, experience and willingness to share what he knew made him a cherished and much missed figure on the magic scene. It seems hard to believe that he died over 8 years ago (February 2010)
He was a very modest man and many were not (and are not) aware of the immense contribution that he made to the world of magic. Over more than 50 years in the entertainment business, he worked on shows, films and television programmes across the world, and was consultant to many magicians. There will be few magicians who are not performing at least one trick invented by Patrick Page, or using at least one of his moves.
Many know Patrick Page because of his generosity of spirit in sharing magic with magicians all over the world – through audio tapes explaining how to perform magic effects, later videos and DVDs, his many books that have inspired countless magicians (including his last ever book Magic Page by Page which is exclusively sold by Patrick Page Magic on this website), and of course his lectures to magicians throughout the world and the time that he always seemed to find to share his knowledge with others.
Patrick believed in making sure that knowledge of magic was not lost and was passed from generation to generation. So much of his work has been preserved for posterity and through Patrick Page Magic we continue his work and make it available at sensible prices.
One project that Patrick worked on was interviews with his friends from the world of magic back in the 1970’s. Patrick knew that some of his friends were getting on and their knowledge and secrets would be lost for ever if someone did not preserve them. That someone was Patrick. He recorded interviews with some of the greats of magic (and some not so well known but no less interesting people from the world of magic).
Patrick was a great interviewer and knew the questions to ask. He also dared to ask them. Some of the interviews were released by Patrick but most were not. He always intended to get around to releasing them but somehow it never happened. We have spent a lot of time since his death 8 years ago cleansing the original reel to reel tape recordings of the interviews and removing extraneous noise and digitalising them to create MP3 files. We have also added other magic recordings that we thought might be of interest to the magic community, a video recording of Patrick performing his clown act and an interview with Patrick’s son and daughter Jeremy and Janette talking about growing up on “Planet Page” and with their dad. This work which we are calling “The Patrick Page Audio Archive” is available for immediate download (audio MP3 files only) for an INTRODUCTORY price of only £50 from www.patrickpagearchive.com
More information on the content of The Patrick Page Audio Archive is on www.patrickpagearchive.com website. The archive is proving to be very popular and everyone who has listened to it has been very positive about the material.
For more information contact Patrick’s daughter Janette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always trying to add new Patrick Page material. Well, it is not new of course but it is material that many are not familiar with.
We recently added two new magic effects:
1) The Ten Second Paper Tear and
2) Coins Through Table Effect – No Lapping.
Both effects have a great WOW factor and are easy to perform for experienced magicians and beginners alike. The effects are on the Products Page of this website. The Ten Second Paper Tear effect is Patrick’s version of the Torn and Restored Newspaper. It requires no glue, paper clips elastic bands or metal strips and can be prepared in ten seconds – hence the name. It takes a little longer to perform the effect.
Patrick Page worked with Simon Drake on UK Channel 4’s ground breaking Secret Cabaret, with Wayne Dobson on UK ITV’s A Kind of Magic, and was a source of inspiration to magicians across the world. He was a consultant to magicians, and a consultant to magicians’ consultants!
Some of his later work included a cameo performance as a German magician doing a cigarette swallowing routine in the film “The Magicians”, and providing advice to Derren Brown for his Enigma show.
Many household names from the world of magic would pick up the phone and talk to Patrick Page when they were looking for ideas. He was always keen to share his knowledge.
He wrote many books, produced many teaching videos and DVDs and toured the world lecturing magicians sharing his knowledge with others. Magic Page by Page was his last book and one that he managed to finish just before he died in February 2010.
Magic Page by Page will be part of Patrick Page’s legacy to the world of magic.
Patrick was particularly helpful to beginners. He coached Colin Rose to win the Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year award and his lifelong friendship with Wayne Dobson started when he provided advice to him whilst working behind the counter of Davenports opposite the British Museum in London.
At Patrick Page Magic we are keen to continue Patrick’s work in helping young magicians, beginners and enthusiasts, and are making available effects that Patrick invented at affordable prices. Most effects include a short DVD of Patrick Page himself explaining how to perform the effect.
Sadly it is 8 years ago that Patrick died. Patrick Page was a permanent feature at the annual Blackpool Magic Convention held in February. He loved to be at the Blackpool Magic Convention. It is hard to believe that with Patrick Page Magic we have just been at the 8th convention that he will have missed. His memory lives on and we at Patrick Page Magic have been uncovering and making available effects that many are not even aware that he devised. Some are more than 60 years old, but not for that are they any less impressive. We are making them available at modest prices.
Keep looking at our website as we are now constantly updating the list of products available.
As mentioned above, we have included two new Patrick Page Master Class DVDs – all you need to perform the Ten Second Paper Tear Effect (Patrick’s version of the Torn and Restored Newspaper Effect) and the Coins Through Table Effect. We are particularly grateful to Obie O’Brien for letting us include footage of Patrick performing the Coins Through Table effect at the FFFF Magic Convention in Batavia, USA in 2007.
We have been particularly honoured to have been invited to make a presentation on Patrick Page at magic clubs in Shrewsbury, York, Nottingham and Kent. The presentation includes his daughter Janette Page talking about how Patrick became a magician, growing up in a magic household, the Patrick Page Audio Archive, and her husband Philip talking about The Big Book of Magic and Magic Page by Page Books and the setting of Patrick Page Magic. We show lots of photos and video footage of Patrick performing, most of which you will not have seen before.
We try not to bore you and leave you hopefully wanting more
Nottingham Magic Club liked the presentation so much that they have invited us to go back and talk about things that we missed the first time.
We have agreed to talk at the Merlin Magic club in April and to make presentations in Derby, Scotland, Reading, Northampton, Ealing and many more places in the UK, as well as in Holland and Italy. If you are a member of a magic club and think that your magic club might want us to make a presentation please contact us at email@example.com