During the 1960s and 70s, David Nixon was the best known magician in the UK and one of the most popular TV personalities. He was also inspirational in shaping Steve Short’s career as a professional magician.

David was born at Muswell Hill, North London on 29 December 1919 and for more than twenty years, millions of British television viewers tuned in to watch him perform his true wizardary. As a panellist on ‘What’s My Line? ‘or as the host of ‘It’s Magic’ and many other shows, David Nixon was not just a magician, but a peerless performer whose warmth and wit made him a natural star.

Steve has already told his hero’s remarkable life story in a highly acclaimed book, David Nixon: Entertainer with the Magic Touch, that he worked on with Edwin A Dawes. Now be part of the illusion as he brings Nixon’s story to life with a fascinating audio-visual presentation that explains how David’s childhood fascination with conjuring tricks led to wartime adventures with ENSA, and how he rose from running concert parties to being the nation’s best-loved star.

This presentation includes a magical routine that David featured in his shows performed by Steve and will bring memories of him flooding back to anyone old enough to remember David Nixon’s charismatic appearances on our television screens.

Informative and entertaining talk

“Many thanks for coming down to Duxford and delivering such an informative and entertaining talk. It was obvious that our members thoroughly enjoyed it and to that end I will tell you that I have had three phone conversations on Rotary business this morning all of which included complimentary comment on last evening.”

George Howard

Entertaining evening

“The Guilt Cross Group of WI.s had a very good and entertaining evening by Steve Short who is a professional magician and member of The Magic Circle. He gave us a talk and slide presentation on the life and career of David Nixon. The talk included many facts not known to the general public. Steve also showed some episodes from David’s television shows which brought back many happy memories to all of us. Would highly recommend this evening.”

Heather Kenny

Enjoyed it all immensely

“Thank you so much for attending our club and entertaining us with your talk and films about David Nixon’s life and career. The members enjoyed it all immensely. Also many thanks for the magic you performed. Yet another thank you for the distance you traveled to attend. It was a pleasure to meet you and your enthusiasm was very well received by us all.”

Christine Knight


“The business presentation by Steve was excellent. A business seminar needs to have presenters with a character and flair to maintain interest to a more often than not, hurried and stressful group. To perform amongst one’s own peers is a very enviable skill. To present in a manner which is constructive and supportive is essential. It would be easier for someone with the magical talents and experience of Steve to talk down to a group or be self opinionated when in fact Steve took us all on a journey of intrigue, enlightenment and realisation of some of the qualities we should all consider and be conscious of in business. Thoughtful and thought provoking. Excellent.”

Jonathan Smith (Lemon|Cherry Ltd)