from Neil Martin (UK)
August 10th 1965 - December 15th 2004
is with much regret and sadness that I report the passing
on the morning of Wednesday December 15th 2004 of Peter
man of many talents and with the prospects of a long
career ahead of him, aged only 39 years, Peter has left
us far too early. Having trained as a graphic designer
and also graduated from Theological College, Peter had
been a professional entertainer for over 15 years and
devoted a large part of his time to working as a Christian
Evangelist. He was an active member of both The Fellowship
of Christian Magicians Europe and The Magic Circle.
The former of which he was president and the latter,
editor of the society's in-house magazine The Magic
Circular - last month being awarded the coveted degree
of Member of The Inner Magic Circle. However, it was
during the last few years that Peter was making his
mark as an up-and-coming name in the world of television
and magic, having starred in two series of the popular
Monkey Magic (FIVE) and the recent series Magic (BBC2).
was a very dear friend and in the last 18 months I was
also privileged to have represented him as his agent.
It is not generally known that Peter was also a religious
minister, albeit non-practicing; my fiancée and
I had asked him if he would marry us on our wedding
day in 2005. There was no hesitation and Peter was delighted
to have been asked, though he was a little nervous at
the prospect of conducting his first marriage ceremony.
was a remarkable, gentle man who would put aside anything
to help a friend in need. And despite his candid 'tell
'em how it is' personality, people instantly warmed
to his offbeat sense of humour and of course his trademark
Hawiian shirts that were worn come rain or shine. As
an entertainer Peter was a seasoned world traveller
and as testament to the friendships he formed, he would
almost always find a friend with whom he could stay.
December 9th Peter admitted himself to the East Surrey
Hospital with chest pains and was diagnosed with high
blood pressure and angina. He was in the process, over
the last few days, of having all the usual tests. However,
on the evening of Tuesday December 14th Peter complained
of further chest pains and was sedated to ease the discomfort.
He fell unconscious and during the night suffered several
massive heart attacks.
leaves behind hundreds of friends around the world,
but closer to home our thoughts and prayers are with
his brother, sister, and parents.
you will be dearly missed.
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