Ken AppleyardIt is with sadness that I have to record that Ken Appleyard died last week after a long illness. He had been a member of the Sheffield Circle of Magicians for almost 30 years and was Circle President from 2009 until 2013.

Ken once said that he “lived in a magical time in history: The war had ended, standards of living were good, the pace of technological change was exciting…” And he certainly made the most of those opportunites:

AA man, biker, model plane enthusiast, talented wood carver, Hoover rep, car salesman, caravanner, boating fanatic (he became Commodore of Sheffield Boat Club), and active Mason, fashion adviser and make-up artist (!), model train buff, and all-round handyman, as well as a comedian and magician.

Loving husband to June and doting father to Susan, Sara and Joanne, brother to Barbara, grandfather to Richard, Alyx and multiple ‘grand-dogs’, and good friend to many, Ken will be missed, but has left us with many good memories…

From John Martin:
A very funny man! Sad he has gone, thankful he left so many memories!I worked alongside Ken a few times, and he arrived at a gig once with his wife (still) looking furious with him! Well, just before they left, time was getting on. Ken’s wife came downstairs looking immaculate; Hair, dress, make-up all done to perfection… Ken said, “Come on, you can finish getting ready in the car!”

I hope this short video clip will bring back good memories of Ken’s inimitable performances. It is taken from Ken’s show during the Christmas meeting of the SCM at The Magick Lounge in December 2011. Thanks to Andy Cooper for the original video.

From Andy Cooper:
Ken’s style of comedy and magic was always a joy to watch and I shall always remember his dog puppet and balloon routine. When I joined the society Ken was always there to offer support and advice. He will be much remembered and missed.

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