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Terry Seabrooke

Blue Collar Rat

Water Rat Register Number: 824. Initiated into the Order on 22 April 2001

Proposer: Keith Simmons. Seconder: David Berglas.

Born and raised in Watford, Terry Seabrooke hasn't always been a world-class comedy magician! Graduating from Watford Grammar School for Boys, he excelled at track, captaining the Watford Harriers and became the County Champion in the quarter and half mile events. Having always been interested in magic and entertainment, the first magic book he owned was The Conjurer's Vade Mecum by J.F. Orrin.

Following his National Service, he began a career in banking and insurance. Whilst conducting an insurance inspection, he found the claimant to be Billy McComb, who was a major influence on his decision in his mid-thirties to permanently change careers. "There was more satisfaction performing on the nightclub and cabaret circuit", Terry says, then jokingly adds, "besides, they (his banking employers) didn't like me taking the samples home!"

Seabrooke has appeared three times at Buckingham Palace for H.R.H. Elizabeth II, twice performed at London's famous Palladium, toured Great Britain as support act with Linda Carter (Wonder Woman), brought his comedy to the first show in the Falklands after the war, and has made over 145 tours to the United States. He has worked all over Europe, Africa, the Orient, Australia and New Zealand ... in fact, it would be safe to say he's been around the world several times!

Seabrooke has shared the spotlight with Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Harry Secombe, Sir Norman Wisdom, Jim Davidson, Dame Vera Lyn, Barry Cryer, Burt Weedon, Roy Castle, Jethro, Roy Hudd, Cilla Black, Bruce Forsyth, Ken Dodd, Des O'Connor - to name but a few! He also had the pleasure to work a six week cruise with Victor Borge.

Terry has appeared on television for two series of For My Next Trick on BBC, and made guest appearances on The Ken Dodd Show, The Good Old Days, This Is Your Life, Comedy Magic Strip and Grumbleweeds among many others, totalling over 100 appearances in England and abroad.

He has written two popular books, Seabrooke's Book, and Beyond Compere the first and definitive book outlining the art of hosting the show and compering. His magical inventions, The Fire Wallet, Burnt Banknote, and Cigarette Through Coat are known and sold worldwide.

Terry is a Life Member of the Academy of Magical Arts, The Magic Castle, Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, International Brotherhood of Magicians, Society of American Magicians, Grand Order Of Water Rats, and a long-standing member and President of the Watford Association of Magicians.

In 2004, Terry Seabrooke was awarded the Masters Fellowship, the highest honour in magic from the Academy of Magical Arts, The Magic Castle. He also has a Performing Fellowship from the AMA and has been twice nominated as Lecturer of the Year at the Magic Castle. He is one of only four Brits to be elected to the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame and is their International Ambassador of Magic. He holds the Leslie Guest Award of Excellence for writing over 20 years for the pages of M.U.M. magazine. Closer to home, he has the Carlton Comedy Award from The Magic Circle, London, and the Murray Award from the Blackpool Magicians' Club.
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