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Willane

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Willane
BornWilliam H. Lane
1898
England
DiedJuly 13, 1955
CategoriesBooks by Willane

William H. Lane (Willane) (1898-1955) was an English magician who appeared at many conventions and in London theatres combining magic with music. He was founder of ARCAS publishing.

Biography

Willane entered magic comparatively late in life as a wealthy wholesale fruit and vegetable dealer trading in London's Covent Garden Market.[1] He took lessons from Edward Victor and founded the ARCAS magic publishing house.

Bruce Posgate wrote that Will Lane was connected with a family of wholesale fruit businessmen in the Southwest London district. He was a quiet, reserved man, and never spared expense with his hobby of magic.

He performed a comedy "drunk" act,"Immaculate Inebriate" with special effects including a huge candle which grew out of the table and inquisitive rabbit which kept bobbing up and down out of his top hat.[2][3]

Willane was a member of the Magic Circle of London.[4]

Honors and Awards

  • Paris International Magic Congress 1st prize for presentation 1947
  • FISM Grand Prix 1948

Books

References

  1. Magigram, June 1984
  2. Obit, Magic Circular Vol. 49
  3. Obit, Abra, Vol. 2O No. 495. Saturday, 23rd July, 1955
  4. "WILLANE'S" SOUTH AFRICAN TRIUMPH BY HARRY VENSON in Magic Circular Vol. 43