20th May 2014
Written by Frank Alain AKA (Alain A Story Teller) Bernard Anderson passed away following a heart operation and will be sadly missed by family and friends. I first met Bernard in the late 1970’s, at the time he was performing a traditional dove act producing doves cards etc.
By the early 80’s he had moved into mentalism and stage hypnosis. I had the privilege of working with him on his stage show. Bernard would open the show with his mentalist act and I would follow with a cabaret act, Bernard would then finish with what was an absolutely brilliant and extremely funny stage hypnotic show. At this time he was also helping many people with hypnotherapy, he had a constant stream of clients that he dedicated a considerable amount of time to.
By the mid 1980’s he was a member of the Coventry Magic Circle and the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society, although the last few years his membership of Coventry ceased he remained a member rod Leamington to the end of his days. By the end of the late 1980’s we had both moved into what is now called Bizarre Magic, as I was working with the Black Heart Organisation Bernard was constantly in the background offering help and advise.
In the late 1990’s early 2000’s we had both become members of the Immortals and had the privilege of meeting and working with people like Charles cameron, Brother Shadow, Eugene Burger and many other top bizarre performers of the day. Bernard had also won the very first Bizarre Performer of the Year Competition at a gathering in Blackpool. Since then Bernard has become well know both here and in America, attending many gatherings in Edinburgh and Doomsday Gatherings in Whitby, during that time he has continued to earn the respect of many people.
Bernard will I’m sure be remembered by many for the help and advise he gave them, he had a very astute mind a wicked sense of humour and was capable of sorting out almost any magical problem, be it sleight of hand or just a better way to routine your act.
It has been a privilege and a please to know Bernard Anderson and to have had his friendship for the past 40 years, he will be missed.
A Memorial Night is being held on 11th September 2014 if you wish to attend please contact Frank.