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Yes, very sad. RIP
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So many broken wands of late. Very sad.
It's amazing, people will criticize you for "biting the hand that feeds you," while they're busy praising the hand that beats them.

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I won't forget you Robert.
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Smile Very sad news indeed, Martin helped edit my first ever Magic release, he will be missed
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On 2012-02-23 09:35, gdw wrote:
So many broken wands of late. Very sad.

My thoughts exactly...
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Sad news.
Deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

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R.i.P.!
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Sad news.R.I.P Martin.
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Very sad news. R.I.P. Martin
Tony Curtis
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The following message has been sent to everyone on the mailing list of Martin Breese.

Tony Curtis

Dear Magicians,

You will be aware that Martin Breese has been ill for some time, and it is with great sorrow that I tell you he died peacefully and comfortably with his family around him early this morning. I am aware of various notices and tributes that are already appearing in the magical world so shall not attempt to match those. I know that he saw many of you as his personal friends, and was always delighted to hear from you and really appreciated the support that he received over the last year or so.

Martin’s Magic business interests pass to Chris Wasshuber (wasshuber@lybrary.com). For the time being at least I will continue to take orders via the web site or by email in the usual way and to deal with any queries you may have.

I pass on the words of his son James below:

John Hinchliffe

Martin Breese International

Email john@abracadabra.co.uk http://www.abracadabra.co.uk

James Breese writes:

I wanted to seize this opportunity to communicate with and thank Martin’s customers – as, I know, the magic community is a very special one – and was an extremely important part of our father’s life. I was, as so many have been I’m sure, inspired by this kind and talented man.

Martin started contributing to the advancement of Magic at a very young age – as you will notice from this inspiring photograph we have asked to be included…!!

I had the enormous privilege of being Martin’s son. I was able to list his achievements as he began to pass away and we knew he could hear. He contributed over 60 years of work towards Magic. He supported others at every opportunity. He published a long list of fiction and non-fiction titles and was even a well-respected authority on Modern First Edition books. He also contributed with many other creative endeavours of note.

I am proud, in a way, to say that, when realising that Martin had just a few days left, one of Doctor’s cried and so did many of the hospital nurses. When we thanked a nurse (many of whom had been caring for him for over a year), she said “No – I am grateful to him”. She went on to explain that he had recently written letters on her behalf regarding her accommodation issues, contacted solicitors and made phone calls.

In the last hours, Martin remained playful and cheeky! When attending to his mouth, he ‘bit’ one of the nurse’s fingers – she called him a cheeky monkey and he grinned the widest grin you could imagine. All this from a man who wasn’t able to speak or hardly breathe at this point. To my memory, the last word I heard him say, when his loving wife Pang asked how he was feeling was a simple and amazing… ‘good’.

No doubt Martin’s life will continue to inspire and amaze. Only yesterday did I hear from his former wife Jill (they remained close friends) that Martin survived a bomb blast in London during the Blitz of World War Two - to the point that the windows in his room blew out.

This brings me to the last point - he never, ever – not once complained – in his whole life, and certainly not during over a year of intense, near non-stop chemotherapy.

Our whole family is indebted to the amazing team at the Royal Sussex – it’s easy to say, but we cannot tell you how lucky he was to have this breath-taking care. One of the senior consultants, when breaking the news of Martin’s very grave outlook a few days ago – stated what a character Martin was. He then repeated his exact words in a deeply sincere and affectionate manner. He was indeed a character. What a magical life he had, and a life so well lived.

If you would like to offer your reflections on Martin’s life, in particular with reference to those to the world Magic community, we would love to hear these – maybe even if his work or products had a hand in inspiring you. We may even later ask permission to include a few of these in tribute to him. Please send these messages to John’s email address.

James Breese, Martin’s proud and loving son.
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If I remember correctly it was a while back I had the pleasure of testing a flouritine holdout he once sold. I think it was his. My memory is a bit bad.
Excellent craftsmenship. He obviously loved magic and quality. Awesome to see such a positive attitude even through all that. So rare a true gift.
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I'm stunned by this. I just watched a video of him performing an effect I was recommending a friend, and now this sad news. I only know of Martin through the magic of his that I own and perform...and from that, I have an enormous respect and admiration for what he's given to our community.

His passing is sad. But what he's passed onto us will be remembered for a long time.
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I am saddened by Martin's passing. I met him once in Columbus, Ohio at the Magifest I do believe. We chatted about the pottery lotas both he and I made and we discussed problems, solutions, and ideas for other lotas. Very polite and good mannered, rest in peace Martin, it was a pleasure to talk with you.
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Wow, this is tough news to hear. I have always admired Martins work. A true Gentleman of magic and clearly a fantastic dealer contributing to the lives of thousands of magicians over with his many great productions over the years.

Thank you, Tony for sharing the news. I offer my deepest condolences too his family and friends. I know there is many here on the Café that will feel this loss personally, and directly. Thoughts go out to you all too. :'(
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David Eichler
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RIP, Mr. Breese.
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R.I.P. Martin. Smile

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Sad news indeed.

Condolances to his family and many friends.
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RIP, Mr. Breese.
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What a wonderful, caring man Martin was. The Magic World has lost a Giant -- a gentle man--and a gentleman.
He was always so enthusiastic about Magic & People
I only talked to him twice when he phoned me afte Val Andrew's death.
No doubt they will be together now--planning other magic books.
RIP Martin
My thoughts & prayers are with you James, your mother and all the others dear to you
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Tony Curtis
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Nick Lewin has made a special tribute to Martin Breese which can be seen here.

http://remarkablemagic.com/2012/02/23/ma......est-men/

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Very touching tribute by Mr. Lewin. Thanks for sharing Tony.
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