Malcolm Yaffe passed away on Friday 10th January aged 76 years.
Growing up in Dublin his family lived on Kenilworth Road, a short walk from the local Synagogue, Malcolm attended St Andrew's College which had regular film nights. It was at one of these that he met Neville Wiltshire and they became friends. Malcolm was somewhat of a cinema buff.
Later they both met again as members of the Society of Irish Magicians, each not realising the other was interested in magic and both being members of the Boys' Magic Club of Prestatyn, a mail order club.
Malcolm went on to study law in Trinity College, Dublin.
In the 1960's Malcolm moved to the UK settling in Cornwall before moving to Leeds. He went professional in 1980 as MysterYaffe.
Malcolm was very creative, especially in the field of children's entertainment. His books, Magic For the Under Fives and later Paths To Enchantment ( http://www.hermeticpress.com/product_in ... ucts_id=49
) published by Hermetic Press are two of the more intelligent books written on the subject.
Recently he came with a number of ailments, one of which paralysed his vocal chords so he decided to stop performing and concentrate on writing fiction. Unfortunately a heart attack stole him from us.
Malcolm was a character, a tad eccentric, who loved magic and who contributed a lot to it.
My condolences to his wife Meryl and five children.