Photo credit: Gordon Drayson – taken in 2008 at The Magic Circle
Anthony Owen, multiple BAFTA winner, and a staple of the UK Magic Television program scene has died, aged 47.
If you knew Anthony, then please leave a memory in the comments section at the bottom.
Born July 28th 1972, Owen carved out a niche for himself in the world of magic, starting out in 1993 producing his own magazine, The Dungeon
The Dungeon was a magic periodical from Anthony Owen that started around 1993, primarily the focus was close-up magic but also contained a wide variety of performance material, essays, in depth interviews, reviews, gossip and chit chat.
It contained a reflection of what was going on in British magic at the time including contributions from Danny Buckler, Andy Nyman, Guy Hollingworth, and Angelo Carbone. It lasted for 10 issues, but cemented friendships with people who would play a pivitol role in his career.
He was a member of Dynamic FX, who consulted on the last Paul Daniels TV show, Secrets. He was not only a magician and creator of magic, he was also involved in many productions including Monkey Magic, Derren Browns TV and stage shows, and everything Ben Hart has done (according to Facebook). He has also been a writer at Vanishing Inc. Magic, the head of magic and executive producer for Objective Productions, executive producer and creative director for Jamie Hendry Productions and more recently the chief wizard fro FAB Media Group. He was also heavily involved with the West End show Impossible.
His last magic duty was to judge “The Young Magician of the Year” competition at The Magic Circle, on Sunday 7th April
What an interesting weekend. Last night at #wembleyarena to see #theerlichbrothers perform a magic show for 6,000 people alongside pals #joecornish and @StephenMulhern And tonight at @MagicCircleHQ to judge Young Magician of the Year competition with the lovely Geoffrey Durham.
His website thisisfab.co.uk announced the death:
It is with immense sadness that we can confirm that Anthony Owen, creator of magic and friend and inspiration to magicians everywhere, died on Friday 12th April.
He was a great director and producer, multiple BAFTA winner but also the kindest and most generous of men.
He was a devoted father and our thoughts are with his family at this incredibly sad time.
There have been so many condolence comments on social media, here are just a few:
Anthony Owen was one of the worlds top magic producers, magician, a father, my agent and more importantly my friend. I’m heartbroken he’s gone.
RIP Anthony Owen: VANISH – ANTHONY OWEN – 2015 on @joomag: https://t.co/CiIuRbueoh
Still can’t really get my head around the terrible news of Anthony Owen’s death. My love and thoughts are with his family.
Really sad to hear of the passing of Anthony Owen. A great force in TV Magic and always fun to work with. He was kind and supportive. I will miss his random texts and busts of laughter. Rest in peace lovely man. Announcement here: https://t.co/cUUPn7Lpyu
RIP Anthony Owen. Absolutely gutted to hear of the passing of a true pioneer in magic and television. This is a sad day, his work inspired magicians all over the world including myself, he will be missed greatly. Sending love to his family at this time.
More Information about Anthony Owen
Anthony Owen (b. 1972) is a member of The Magic Circle Council.
The latest Tweets from Anthony Owen (@anthonyowenmagi). FAB Wizard. Creator / Exec Producer Impossible, BBC’s Now You See It, Help my…is Magic, Killer Magic, C4’s Troy Cyber Hijack, Derren Brown & more. London, UK
Anthony Owen, Producer: Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind. Anthony Owen is known for his work on Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind (2004), Derren Brown: The Events (2009) and Sherlock (2010).
Photo by @robertwilson9