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Roger Woods

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Roger Woods

Dr. Roger Woods AIMC* is the Chairman of the Modern Mystic League (Blackburn & District Society of Magicians), Lancashire, England and a Past President of the Northern Magic Circle.[1]. He has been President of the Modern Mystic League four times and is Archivist of the Society as well.


Dr. Woods has been interested in magic for over 50 years. A retired Solicitor and Crown Prosecutor he has written several books on the history of magic with particular emphasis on Houdini, Walford Bodie and Chris Van Bern. He has given many lectures and presentations on these topics. Further details are available on his web site

Dr. Woods is also an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle (with silver star), an Order of Merlin Shield member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and a member of The Northern Magic Circle (Past President and Frank Richmond Order) and the Cavendish Knights of Close Up Magic. He is a Regional Representative and Examiner (Theory) for The Magic Circle.


  • Harry Houdini, Legend and Legacy (with Brian Lead)
  • Houdini The Myth Maker, The Unmasking of Harry Houdini (with Brian Lead)
  • Showmen or Charlatans?, The stories of 'Dr' Walford Bodie and 'Sir' Alexander Cannon (with Brian Lead)
  • Jesse Demaline's DEMAGIC (editor)
  • Josephine Langley Lady Ventriloquist, The story of Mrs Edward Howarth (with Maurice S Howarth)
  • The Centenary History of The Modern Mystic League (Blackburn & District Society of Magicians) 1914 - 2014
  • Chris Van Bern The Busy 'B' The original British magician and Variety Performer


  1. Magic Circular July 2013, page 195