Notts magicians to take to the stage in memory of conjuror Allen Tipton
MAGICIANS are to take to the stage to perform a charity show in memory of a Notts conjuror.
Former Nottingham Guild of Magicians president Allen Tipton died at his home in Ridsdale Road, Sherwood, last November, aged 79.
As a mark of respect, a group of magicians that Mr Tipton helped over the years has organised a special show in tribute to him.
Organiser Freddie Wilkinson first met Mr Tipton when his was 15 and turned to him for help when he was starting out as a professional magician aged 18.
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Mr Wilkinson, now 36, of Bakersfield, said: "I met Allen when I joined the Nottingham Guild of Magicians and he took me under his wing.
"He was the nicest guy you would possibly wish to meet. Nothing was too much trouble and he would do anything for you."
Also in the line-up for the tribute show are Notts magicians Marc Oberon, Mark Roberts and Neil Haywood, as well as others from across the UK.
Mr Wilkinson said: "All of the performers were either taught by, helped or just encouraged by Allen over the years and this is their way of saying a little thank-you."
The Magic Show will take place at Arnold's Bonington Theatre on Friday, February 8. All the performers are giving their time and services for free, with profits from the event to be donated to When You Wish Upon a Star, the Old Basford charity that grants wishes to children with serious illnesses.
Mr Wilkinson said: "It seemed an ideal charity, as they help young people achieve their dreams and Allen spent his life doing the same, be it teaching, acting or helping out magicians."
A spokeswoman for When You Wish Upon A Star said: "We are delighted to be chosen as the beneficiary charity of this wonderful tribute evening in memory of Allen Tipton.
"Through his life, Allen inspired and helped young people and in his memory magical experiences and precious memories will continue to be created."
For information on how to donate in memory of Allen Tipton, visit www.whenyou wishuponastar.org.uk or call 0115 979 1720.
Tickets cost £10, with the show starting at 7.30pm. To book, call the theatre box office on 0115 967 0114.