Stan Leslie

Stan Leslie

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Magic Events, Memory Lane | 9 comments

Stan LeslieSad to report that long-time Sheffield Circle member Stan Leslie (Stan Whomersley) died on 6 January. His funeral service on 25 January was well attended by his many friends, fellow entertainers and SCM members. Stan had been a member of the Circle since 1957.

His daughter, who many members will remember performing a two-person mind-reading act at SCM events some years ago, read a version of an appropriate poem by David Whalen (Stan was a keen ballroom dancer as well as a magician):

When the music stops

When the music stops, the dance is done
So listen and dance with all your mind and your heart.
Always dance as if it were the last one
Live life to the fullest, make the most of your part.

When the magic is gone, it’s gone forever
So leave room for mystery in all of your days.
Keep a bit of excitement in every endeavour
Once the magic is gone, it’s gone always.

When the music has stopped, and the magic has gone
We can smile and look back at a life that’s well done.

Actually, the magic does live on, in the memories of Stan’s friends, fellow magicians, and those who saw him perform his well-known drunk act over the years. Earlier today I found a VHS videotape recorded at the Regal Theatre, Worksop, in 1991. The picture and sound quality aren’t great, and I had to cut a small section part-way through due to an unfortunate glitch on the tape. But it’s good to have this reminder of one of Sheffield’s magical characters, and a classic act!


  1. What a lovely poem Russell. I didn’t really know Stan and kind of wish I did. The video link didn’t work for me but would love to see it.

  2. Goodbye Stan.
    Vid doesn’t work Russ. Looking forward to seeing it when it’s sorted. Stan had a great act. Didn’t know anyone had a recording of it.

  3. Very sad times. A lovely man

  4. Hi Russell,

    Great piece about Stan!
    And a lovely poem, though I agree with you. The magic lives on…
    As long as people remember, the memories stay alive.

    Kindest Regards


  5. That was great to see. Thanks Russell.
    Thanks for the memories Stan!

  6. RIP Stan I remember you well sitting many times with my father “talking shop”…

    If anyone has any of my fathers (Bob Moore – deceased 2002) materials at all copies or digital, old pictures or anything I would really appreciate a copy as all of mine were destroyed / lost in a house move. Thanks all.

    • Hi Jim

      Do you have copies of your father’s books? Let me know and I’ll see that you get them. I may also have some digital photographs. Will check and put them on a disk.

      Best wishes


      • Hi Russell good to hear from you and hope the entertainment business is treating you well – thanks for such a prompt response! I don’t have anything at all I’m afraid – everything I had went missing in the move so anything you could help with would be fabulous – thanks so much – please feel free to use my regular email…

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