Richard Webster

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Richard Webster
Richard Webster, New Zealand
Richard Webster
BornDecember 9, 1946
Auckland

NationalityNew Zealand

Richard Webster (born December 9th, 1946) is an award winning multi-million selling author,[1] ghostwriter, mentalist, hypnotist and magician.

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Biography

Richard Webster was born in Auckland, New Zealand.[2] He was educated at King's School and King's College. As a child, he wrote and produced a weekly neighbourhood newspaper called The Waiochiel that he sold to his neighbours.[3] He worked in publishing for several years before starting his career as a writer, entertainer, and speaker. He initially worked as a ghost writer, and wrote a small book on the subject.[4] He is the author of 112 books, mainly on New Age topics. He has also written three novels. His books have been translated into 29 languages: Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Bahasa Indonesia, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish.[5]

New Idea magazine wrote that Richard is "probably New Zealand's most successful author".[6] Rainbow News described him as "one of the most successful writers in the country".[7]

Webster has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs, including Hard Copy, WMAQ-TV (Chicago), KTLA-TV (Los Angeles), KSTW-TV (Seattle), and Mike and Maty (ABC).[8] In 1996, he was one of the performers on The Great Kiwi Magic Show on TV3.[9]

In 2000 the Richard Webster Popular Fiction Award was established, with the winner receiving a $5,000 prize and publication of their winning entry.[10][11]

Webster is a Past-President of the New Zealand Society of Magicians. He was named Patron of The Shore City Magicians Club Incorporated in April 2010 and received the prestigious Grand Master of Magic Award in February 2013.[12][13]

In 2013 Richard was presented with the Annemann Award for Mentalism by Stevens Magic Emporium of Wichita, Kansas.

Personal Life

Richard is married with three children, and five grandchildren.[14]

Magic and Mentalism

Richard has written 37 books for magicians and mentalists, many cited as modern-day classics.[15] He has also marketed several effects, and produced CDs and DVDs of his techniques and effects.[16] He has also ghostwritten magic books for other performers, and written several magic books using different pen names.[17] His magic effects have been published in many industry magazines including Abracadabra, Alakazam, Genii, The Linking Ring, Magicana, Magick, Magigram, MagicNZ, Mind Over Magic, New Invocation, Seance, Vanish and Vibrations.[18]

Ghost Writing

Richard made his living as a ghostwriter for several years and has ghosted 30 books on a wide variety of subjects.[19]

Richard Webster Popular Fiction Book Award

In 2000 Webster in conjunction with Hazard Press, established the annual Richard Webster Popular Fiction Award competition, which ran for five years. The winning author each year received $5,000, plus publication of their winning entry by Hazard Press.[20][21][22][23]

Awards

The Dunninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Professionalism in the Performance of Mentalism. Presented by the Psychic Entertainers Association, June 9, 1990.[24]

Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Scroll of Honour 1994.[25]

Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Top Specialty Act 1997.

Dan Blackwood Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Mentalism presented by the Psychic Entertainers Association, June 2007.[26]

Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a lifetime dedicated to excellence in writing magical literature. Presented by Magic New Zealand, December 2008.[27]

Convention of Visionary Retailers Visionary Awards - Best Divination Book 2012 - Spirit and Dream Animals by Richard Webster, June 2012.[28]

Grand Master of Magic Award presented by the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Inc., the Shore City Magicians Club, and the magicians of New Zealand, February 2013.[29][30]

The Annemann Award for Mentalism presented by Stevens Magic Emporium, Kansas, March 2014.

Bibliography

Nonfiction:

  • Freedom to Read, 1972, HPP Press
  • Sun Sign Success, 1982, Brookfield Press
  • The Stars and Your Destiny, 1982, Brookfield Press
  • How to Read Tea Leaves, 1982, Brookfield Press
  • Discovering Numerology, 1983, Brookfield Press
  • How to Read Minds, 1986, Brookfield Press
  • Secrets of Ghostwriting, 1986, Martin Breese Limited
  • How to Develop Your Psychic Power, 1988, Martin Breese Limited
  • Good Luck from Beijing, 1990, Martin Breese International
  • Revealing Hands, 1994, Llewellyn Publications. Reprinted as The Complete Book of Palmistry, 2001
  • Omens, Oghams and Oracles, 1995, Llewellyn Publications
  • Talisman Magic, 1995, Llewellyn Publications, Reprinted as Numerology Magic, 1998
  • Dowsing for Beginners, 1996, Llewellyn Publications
  • Feng Shui for Beginners, 1997, Llewellyn Publications
  • Aura Reading for Beginners, 1998, Llewellyn Publications
  • Spirit Guides and Angel Guardians, 1998, Llewellyn Publications
  • Astral Travel for Beginners, 1998, Llewellyn Publications
  • Chinese Numerology, 1998, Llewellyn Publications
  • 101 Feng Shui Tips for the Home, 1998, Llewellyn Publications
  • Feng Shui for the Workplace, 1998, Llewellyn Publications
  • Feng Shui for Apartment Living, 1998, Llewellyn Publications
  • Feng Shui in the Garden, 1999, Llewellyn Publications
  • Feng Shui for Love and Romance, 1999, Llewellyn Publications
  • Feng Shui for Success and Happiness, 1999, Llewellyn Publications
  • Palm Reading for Beginners, 2000, Llewellyn Publications
  • Writing as a Business, 2000, Brookfield Press
  • Practical Guide to Past-Life Memories, 2001, Llewellyn Publications
  • Soul Mates, 2001, Llewellyn Publications
  • Write Your Own Magic, 2001, Llewellyn Publications
  • Is Your Pet Psychic?, 2002, Llewellyn Publications
  • Pendulum Magic for Beginners, 2002, Llewellyn Publications
  • Playing Card Divination for Beginners, 2002, Llewellyn Publications
  • How to Write for the New Age Market, 2003, Llewellyn Publications
  • Amulets and Talismans for Beginners, 2004, Llewellyn Publications
  • Miracles, 2004, Llewellyn Publications
  • Candle Magic for Beginners, 2004, Llewellyn Publications
  • Communicating with the Archangel Michael for Guidance & Protection, 2004, Llewellyn Publications
  • Communicating with the Archangel Raphael for Healing & Creativity, 2005, Llewellyn Publications
  • Communicating with the Archangel Gabriel for Inspiration & Reconciliation, 2005, Llewellyn Publications
  • Communicating with the Archangel Uriel for Transformation & Tranquility, 2005, Llewellyn Publications
  • Creative Visualization for Beginners, 2005, Llewellyn Publications
  • Magical Symbols of Love & Romance, 2006, Llewellyn Publications
  • Color Magic for Beginners, 2006, Llewellyn Publications
  • Praying with Angels, 2007, Llewellyn Publications
  • Flower and Tree Magic, 2008, Llewellyn Publications
  • The Encyclopedia of Superstitions, 2008, Llewellyn Publications
  • Encyclopedia of Angels, 2009, Llewellyn Publications
  • Prayer for Beginners, 2009, Llewellyn Publications
  • Psychic Protection for Beginners, 2010, Llewellyn Publications
  • You Can Read Palms, 2010, Llewellyn Publications
  • The Complete Book of Auras, 2010, Llewellyn Publications
  • Spirit & Dream Animals, 2011, Llewellyn Publications
  • Geomancy for Beginners, 2011, Llewellyn Publications
  • Face Reading Quick & Easy, 2012, Llewellyn Publications
  • Living in Your Soul's Light, 2012, Llewellyn Publications
  • All About Self-Hypnosis, 2012, Llewellyn Publications
  • Body Language Quick & Easy, 2014, Llewellyn Publications
  • Oracle of the Angels, 2014, Llewellyn Publications
  • 365 Ways To Attract Good Luck, 2014, Llewellyn Publications

Fiction :

  • Seven Secrets to Success, 1997, Llewellyn Publications
  • Success Secrets, 2001, Llewellyn Publications
  • Enemy Within, 2002, Hazard Press



References

  1. Kiwi Anonymous in Homeland, Times, 24 March 2006
  2. Encyclopedia.com Author Biography
  3. King's Courier, No. 85, Autumn 2002, pages 14-15
  4. Secrets of Ghostwriting, Martin Breese, 1986
  5. Llewellyn Catalog, Fall 2012
  6. New Idea, April 28, 2001, page 80
  7. Rainbow News, August/September 1997
  8. Llewellyn Worldwide : Richard Webster Author Profile
  9. Magicana, April/May 2011, page 25
  10. Kiwi Anonymous in Homeland, Times, 24 March 2006
  11. Christchurch City Library : Richard Webster Popular Fiction Award
  12. Richard Webster Grand Master of Magic, Howick Pakuranga Times Article
  13. Grand Master of Magic Recipients
  14. Encyclopedia.com Author Biography
  15. Deceptionary Richard Webster Author Profile
  16. Deceptionary Products
  17. Magicana, April/May 2011, page 24
  18. Magicana, April/May 2011, page 24
  19. Rainbow News, August/September 1997, page 29
  20. Kiwi Anonymous in Homeland, Times, 24 March 2006
  21. Christchurch City Library : Richard Webster Popular Fiction Award
  22. NZ Book Council : C. George Muller Biography
  23. Hazard Online : Richard Webster Popular Fiction Award Winners
  24. Psychic Entertainers Association : Awards
  25. Variety Artists Club of NZ Scroll Recipients
  26. Psychic Entertainers Association : Awards
  27. Richard Webster Grand Master of Magic Citation
  28. Convention of Visionary Retailers Visionary Awards
  29. Richard Webster Grand Master of Magic, Howick Pakuranga Times Article
  30. Grand Master of Magic Recipients
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