|Died||May 7, 2006 (age 73) |
Bunny Neill (1932-2006) was a full-time professional magician and escape artist for over 40 years.
He became the first African Caribbean performer in the UK to receive the MIMC (MembershipbInner Magic Circle) Gold Star from The Magic Circle. Neill played the London Palladium in 1968 with Sammy Davis Jr. His feature tricks were: The Cut and Restored Rope, Torn and Restored Newspaper, The Nemo Rising Cards, and the Razor Blades From The Mouth.
During an underwater escape in St. Helier, Jersey he nearly drowned, banging his head badly inside the sealed box. However true to the spirit of Houdini, he escaped and the publicity was huge.
In his latter years, he became a Governor of his son’s school, a hypnotic therapist, and a children’s entertainer working as The Magical Storyteller.
In 2012, his daughter Jessica is running a project to recreate her fathers escapology escape from 1967 as part of a short film.
- ↑ Obit,Linking Ring, July, 2006
- ↑ http://www.themagiccircle.co.uk/news/media-links/755-bunny-neill-1967-escape-to-be-recreated-as-short-film