Edgar Benyon

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'''Edgar Wilson Benyon''' (The Great Benyon) (March 29, 1902 - Sept 14, 1978) was born in New Zealand and became one of New Zealand’s greatest entertainers. He toured the world with his "One-man revue" featuring magic, ventriloquism, juggling, rag pictures, quick-change, contortions and impressions.
 
 
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'''Edgar Wilson Benyon''' (The Great Benyon) (March 29, 1902 - Sept 14, 1978) was born in New Zealand and became one of New Zealand’s greatest entertainers. He toured the world with his "One-man revue" featuring magic, ventriloquism, juggling, rag pictures, quick-change, contortions and impressions.
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== Biography ==
 
Benyon would go through his illusions, changing his costume every ten minutes with the lead-in “same man different clothes”.  
 
Benyon would go through his illusions, changing his costume every ten minutes with the lead-in “same man different clothes”.  
  
 
He disclosed in [[The Linking Ring]] (Vol. 26, # 5, 1946) that he had about "25 tons of paraphernalia, enough to fill six railroad vans each 40 feet long".
 
He disclosed in [[The Linking Ring]] (Vol. 26, # 5, 1946) that he had about "25 tons of paraphernalia, enough to fill six railroad vans each 40 feet long".
  
The Grand Master of Magic is the supreme award for excellence for a New Zealand magician. It was inaugurated by the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Inc in 1969 and the first recipient was Benyon.
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[[The Grand Master of Magic Award]] is an award for excellence for a New Zealand magician. It was inaugurated by the [[Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians]] Inc in 1969 and the first recipient was Benyon.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.vac.org.nz/bennyawards.html|title=Benny Awards at the Variety Artists Club of NZ Website}}</ref>
  
He was a mentor to [[Billy McComb]].
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In his memory, the [[Benny Award]] is annually presented to a New Zealand variety artist who has achieved a lifetime of excellence in their chosen field.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Master_of_Magic_Award|title=Grand Master of Magic Award Wikipedia}}</ref>
  
In his memory, a "Benny" award is given at the annual vaudeville competition in New Zealand.<ref> Obit [[Genii 1978 December]]</ref>
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He was a mentor to [[Billy McComb]].
  
 
A book about his life was written by [[James Reilly]] called [[Same Man - Different Clothes ! The Life and Times of The Great Benyon]] (1994). ISBN 0959798617
 
A book about his life was written by [[James Reilly]] called [[Same Man - Different Clothes ! The Life and Times of The Great Benyon]] (1994). ISBN 0959798617
  
 
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* Obit [[Genii 1978 December]]
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* [http://www.vac.org.nz Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Website]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Award Benny Award Wikipedia]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Master_of_Magic_Award New Zealand Grand Master of Magic Award Wikipedia]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 06:20, 10 December 2013

Edgar Benyon
BornEdgar Wilson Benyon
March 29, 1902
New Zealand
DiedSeptember 14, 1978 (age 76)
NationalityNew Zealand

Edgar Wilson Benyon (The Great Benyon) (March 29, 1902 - Sept 14, 1978) was born in New Zealand and became one of New Zealand’s greatest entertainers. He toured the world with his "One-man revue" featuring magic, ventriloquism, juggling, rag pictures, quick-change, contortions and impressions.

Biography

Benyon would go through his illusions, changing his costume every ten minutes with the lead-in “same man different clothes”.

He disclosed in The Linking Ring (Vol. 26, # 5, 1946) that he had about "25 tons of paraphernalia, enough to fill six railroad vans each 40 feet long".

The Grand Master of Magic Award is an award for excellence for a New Zealand magician. It was inaugurated by the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Inc in 1969 and the first recipient was Benyon.[1]

In his memory, the Benny Award is annually presented to a New Zealand variety artist who has achieved a lifetime of excellence in their chosen field.[2]

He was a mentor to Billy McComb.

A book about his life was written by James Reilly called Same Man - Different Clothes ! The Life and Times of The Great Benyon (1994). ISBN 0959798617

References

  1. Benny Awards at the Variety Artists Club of NZ Website
  2. Grand Master of Magic Award Wikipedia
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