Alan Watson (magician)

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Alan Watson
Born (1950-11-26) November 26, 1950 (age 63)
Wellington, New Zealand
Occupation Magician, Illusionist
Spouse(s) Michele Watson

Alan Watson is a magician living and performing in Auckland, New Zealand. He has been performing professionally for more than 30 years and has won some of magic's highest awards and accolades. He is the current President of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians.


Alan Watson (born November 26, 1950) is a professional magician who performs in the areas of corporate and family magic shows. Alan learned the art of magic from his great-great uncle Oswald Ashton at the age of seven.

He has appeared at the Magic Castle in Hollywood five times for a total of over 100 performances. He was the founder and administrator of the MagicNZ BBS in 1993. Alan also founded the Magic New Zealand e-zine and has acted as editor from 1999 to present. In 1995 Alan was awarded the MIMC with Gold Star, the highest degree member of The Magic Circle. Alan and his wife Michele were presented the DRAGON Award in New York 2002. In 2006 he was a recipient of the Benny Award from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Inc, their highest honour.[1]

He served as President for the New Zealand Society of Magicians from 1981-1983 and 1986-1989. Alan is a member of the Shore City Magicians Club and a Life Member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand and The Society of American Magicians.

Michele plays his assistant throughout most of the acts that Alan performs in. They will work on children’s birthday parties, illusion shows at a theme park, shopping malls, entertain at corporate functions and even perform close-up magic in restaurants throughout New Zealand.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Six times Top Children's Entertainer - New Zealand International Magic Conventions
  • Four times Top Close-up Magician - New Zealand International Magic Conventions
  • Four times Top Magician - Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Inc

Magic Publications[edit]

Alan has been featured in the following magic publications :

  • Vanish Magazine - April 2013 Front Cover - Pages 30-45
  • The Linking Ring - November 2006 - Front cover - Pages 35–40 plus 68-70
  • The Linking Ring - July 2004 - Kiwi Magic, pages 83–107
  • Magicana - August/September 2002 - Front cover, pages 8–11
  • The Linking Ring - November 1998 - Front cover - Kiwi Magic, pages 87–105
  • M.U.M. magazine - September 1997 - Watson family front cover - Kiwi Magic, pages 15–25
  • The Magic Circular [UK] - December 1995 - Front cover - New Zealand special section, pages 223-230. Also in this edition Peter Blanchard wrote a double page spread on the Watson family "This Is Your Life", pages 234-235
  • Genii Magazine [US] - October 1992 - Front cover - New Zealand special issue for which Alan compiled, pages 805-819
  • Magicana - October/November 1989 - Front cover
  • Magicana - July/August 1984 - Front Cover, pages 5–7


  • 2007 - Alan Watson's 7 Secrets to Success (2 DVD SET)[5]

Television appearances[edit]

  • 2007 - Studio 2 (NZ) (NZ children's show) - with granddaughter Aleshia.
  • 2006 - Pacific Beat Street - with granddaughter Aleshia.
  • 2006 - What Now? - with granddaughter Aleshia.
  • 1996 - Good Morning
  • 1996 - The Great Kiwi Magic Show[6]

Magic New Zealand E-zine[edit]

Alan publishes a weekly E-zine, Magic New Zealand. Magic New Zealand has more than 17,000 subscribers worldwide including many well-known magicians. It contains articles and writeups as well as performance dates and regular columnists.


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