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President

Alan Maskell

Born and brought up in Cambridge and the son of a magician, former zookeeper Alan Maskell has been a member of The British Ring for almost forty years, during which time he has served on Council, worked as chief steward at conventions and been part of the special venue performers team. A performing magician himself, Alan won the Alistair Wand and the Conventioneers Award for Originality in the 2007 British Ring Stage Competition at Southport, with an act that was commended by the late Johnny Thompson.

An inventor of magic effects with many published in the late lamented ABRA and in the British Ring Parade in The Linking Ring, Alan has also visited conventions and magic clubs around the country lecturing both on his own and, in a unique two-handed lecture, with his very creative friend Chris Wardle MIMC. Alan and Chris have also had two two-man parades published in The Linking Ring. He is currently planning a ‘best of’ lecture for magic clubs.

A Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, in 2018 Alan was awarded the Silver Wand for services to The Magic Circle which included serving as a Council member and Chair of Council. Alan was also secretary of The Pentacle Club in Cambridge for 22 years!

Honoured to serve as the 71st President of The British Ring no.25 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Alan is aware of the weight of responsibility the position carries, particularly when wearing the chain of office with its record of the great names that have worn it before and the spaces for those to come.

Alan now lives in Glasgow with his partner, Moira Fletcher, and is looking forward to representing The British Ring at many events during the year and meeting friends old and new. Due to the Corona Virus, all events in 2020 had to be cancelled, but he hopes to hold his Presidents Dinner  in March 2021 and The Ring ‘Picnic’  in Leicester in May 2021.

From to president Notes
1928 1946 Oswald Rae
1947 1948 Herbert Collings
1948 John Ramsay
1949 1950 His Honour Ernest Wethered OBE
1950 1951 W G Stickland MBE
1951 1952 Harry Kaye
1952 1953 John Gambling
1953 1954 Oscar Paulson
1954 1955 Geoffrey Robinson OBE
1955 1956 Eddie Dexter
1956 1957 Jeffery Atkins
1957 1958 Les Levante
1958 1959 Archie Tear
1959 1960 Wilfred Tyler
1960 1961 Francis Haxton
1961 1962 Peter Warlock
1962 1963 Donald Crombie
1963 1964 J Milton Woodward
1964 1965 Paul Graham
1965 1966 Tommy Rowe
1966 1967 Rev Michael Seacombe
1967 1968 Geoffrey Buckingham
1968 1970 Harold Taylor 2 year term due to ill health of Claude Chandler
1970 191 Ron Bishop
1971 1972 Alastair Oliphant
1972 1973 Dr Eddie Dawes
1973 1974 Alfred Gabriel
1974 1975 Ted Whebell
1975 1976 Duncan Fletcher
1976 1977 David Berglas
1977 1978 Edwin Hooper
1978 1979 Ali Bongo
1979 1980 Cliff Townsend
1980 1981 Tony Shelley
1981 1982 Will Ayling
1982 1983 Hamilton Kaye
1983 1984 Brian Miller
1984 1985 Rovi
1985 1986 Peter Scarlett
1986 1987 Clem Bailey
1987 1988 Robert Sinclair
1988 1989 Ron MacMillan
1989 1990 Ken De Courcy
1990 1991 Alan Shaxon
1991 1992 Geoff Ray
1992 1993 Terry Herbert
1993 1994 Les Nottle
1994 1995 Tom Owen
1995 1996 John Pye
1996 1997 Bob Hayden
1997 1998 Derek Lever
1998 1999 Richard Stupple
1999 2000 Louis Martelle
2000 2001 John Palfreyman
2001 2003 Mike Gancia 2 year term due to death of Peter Laing who was due to serve
2003 2004 Cynthia Neptune
2004 2005 Don Beattie
2005 2006 Mark Raffles
2006 2007 John Styles MBE
2007 2008 Derek McFaul
2008 2009 Trevor Lewis
2009 2010 Shirley Ray
2010 2011 Keith Cooper
2011 2012 Brian Miller
2012 2013 John "sly" Smith
2013 2014 Neil Roberts
2014 2015 Alan Astra
2015 2016 Paul Ray
2016 2017 Clive Moore
2017 2018 Richard Cadell
2018 2019 Brian Lead
2019 2021 Alan Maskell 2 year term due to Corona Virus
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