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Topic: Martin Breese R.I.P.
Message: Posted by: Tony Curtis (Feb 22, 2012 10:53PM)
Martin Breese magic dealer & publisher who had been suffering from leukemia died in hospital at Brighton England early today. I will post further news when I receive it.


Tony Curtis
Message: Posted by: motown (Feb 22, 2012 11:00PM)
That's very sad to here. My thoughts go out to his family.
Message: Posted by: sketchomagic (Feb 22, 2012 11:06PM)
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Feb 22, 2012 11:34PM)
Tony thanks for letting us know. Martin is a giant in our community. Spiritual thoughts to his family.
Message: Posted by: andykean (Feb 22, 2012 11:43PM)
Rip Martin
Message: Posted by: Steve Hook (Feb 23, 2012 12:26AM)
Thanks for passing along the tough news, Tony.

In case some of the younger folks don't know, Martin Breese has been a significant magic dealer/publisher for many years. I have several items he marketed exclusively over the last roughly forty years. He provided a lot of interesting fun for a lot of us magic addicts! Rest in peace, Martin.
Message: Posted by: Barry Gitelson (Feb 23, 2012 12:59AM)
The Late and Great.
Message: Posted by: gjmagic (Feb 23, 2012 01:36AM)
That is really sad news, I was only reading his newsletters just the other day. I used to go along to his studio in London on a regular basis, all the greats used to go there and chill out, some even 'demmed' for him on a regular basis. Martin was really the first UK dealer to bring over to the UK all the great new close-up magic coming out of the states, it was always my first port of call when in London back then. I still have many of his newsletters from back then, this was the time when the likes of Paul Harris, Daryl, Ammar etc were creating and changing the face of close-up magic, it was Martin who at the time was bringing all this amazing magic to the UK!

I knew Martin was ill but from reading his newsletters he always came across so positive so this has come as quite a shock.

R.I.P. Martin, you will be sadly missed :-(

Gary Jones.
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Feb 23, 2012 02:11AM)
Message: Posted by: EricDraven (Feb 23, 2012 02:21AM)
I am very shocked about these news!
I often talked with Martin about Al Koran, Martin was an extremely kind fellow and true gentleman.
I knew he was ill, but he always kept high spririts.

I will miss him a lot!
My best wishes for your journey Martin!
Message: Posted by: pduffie (Feb 23, 2012 02:27AM)
Martin had been fighting Leukemia for the past 14 months. At one stage I really thought he had it beat. But, now the fight is over. My heart goes out to his wife, Pang, and to his family.

Peter Duffie
Message: Posted by: Daniel Lander (Feb 23, 2012 03:13AM)
Sad news indeed. He was an exceptional dealer and will be missed. Thoughts with his family.
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (Feb 23, 2012 03:24AM)
Sad news. May he rest in peace.
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Feb 23, 2012 03:29AM)
Very sad news. rest in peace martin
Message: Posted by: JamieD (Feb 23, 2012 04:36AM)
I knew very little in comparison to others but he was a very generous man who seemed to put his heart and soul into what he done. Very sad news indeed.

Jamie Daws
Message: Posted by: Tony Curtis (Feb 23, 2012 05:38AM)
As Gary Jones has already stated Martin Breese was a pioneer in bringing American magic to England long before the advent of the internet. His contribution to magic through publishing will also remain with us forever.

Tony Curtis
Message: Posted by: Mark Powell (Feb 23, 2012 05:57AM)
I work at the hospital where Martin was being treated. I visited him and, although being fairly new to the ward, he had already picked up a reputation for performing magic for other patients and staff.

I showed him one of my own effects and we talked about magic. Even when ill, it was clear that his love for magic was strong and enthused others.

He will be greatly missed.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Feb 23, 2012 05:58AM)
Rest in peace Martin...
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Feb 23, 2012 07:00AM)
Very sad news indeed. RIP.
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Feb 23, 2012 07:49AM)
I had great respect for Martin. Not only was he a great magic dealer but also a fine publisher as well as someone who assisted so many authors.

A sad loss.
Message: Posted by: brehaut (Feb 23, 2012 07:56AM)
Yes, very sad. RIP
Message: Posted by: gdw (Feb 23, 2012 08:35AM)
So many broken wands of late. Very sad.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Williams (Feb 23, 2012 09:59AM)
:( Very sad news indeed, Martin helped edit my first ever Magic release, he will be missed
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Feb 23, 2012 10:07AM)
On 2012-02-23 09:35, gdw wrote:
So many broken wands of late. Very sad.
My thoughts exactly...
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Feb 23, 2012 01:02PM)
Sad news.
Deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Message: Posted by: nonvpro (Feb 23, 2012 01:18PM)
Message: Posted by: roblane (Feb 23, 2012 04:03PM)
Sad news.R.I.P Martin.
Message: Posted by: lucavolpe (Feb 23, 2012 04:11PM)
Very sad news. R.I.P. Martin
Message: Posted by: Tony Curtis (Feb 23, 2012 04:59PM)
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.
Message: Posted by: Nick Sand (Feb 23, 2012 09:32PM)
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.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Feb 23, 2012 09:34PM)
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.
Message: Posted by: tom crecelius (Feb 23, 2012 10:11PM)
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.
Message: Posted by: NexusMagicShop (Feb 24, 2012 08:47AM)
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. :'(
Message: Posted by: David Eichler (Feb 24, 2012 08:56AM)
RIP, Mr. Breese.
Message: Posted by: Regan (Feb 24, 2012 09:36AM)
R.I.P. Martin. :(

Message: Posted by: mrmysticmike (Feb 24, 2012 02:43PM)
Sad news indeed.

Condolances to his family and many friends.
Message: Posted by: David Eichler (Feb 24, 2012 09:56PM)
RIP, Mr. Breese.
Message: Posted by: ALLEN TIPTON (Feb 25, 2012 07:03AM)
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
Allen Tipton
Message: Posted by: Tony Curtis (Feb 25, 2012 07:51AM)
Nick Lewin has made a special tribute to Martin Breese which can be seen here.


Tony Curtis
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Feb 25, 2012 09:35AM)
Very touching tribute by Mr. Lewin. Thanks for sharing Tony.
Message: Posted by: AngeloR (Feb 25, 2012 11:24AM)
Well-written and touching. RIP, Mr. Breese
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Feb 25, 2012 12:52PM)
So sad, so very sad R.I.P. Mr Breese.