Mr. Owen was just 46-years-old and the father of three children at the time of his death. A coroner has ruled his death a suicide.
He worked with the true stars of our art including Dynamo and David Copperfield.
Following his death, hundreds of contributions of stories and memories of the beloved man and performer were received and those who loved and knew him best thought it best to compile a book capturing the emotional submissions.
Paul Andrews, Mr. Owen’s partner in the company Dynamic FX in the early 2000s, said “It’s really to show what his life was, what a full life he had and for his children as they grow up to remember their father and be proud of his achievements and hopefully to have a laugh at some of the stories.”
Magician and actor Andy Nyman thought there would be no doubt he would have become the president of the prestigious Magic Circle.
“He was so well thought of and well loved in the magic world and he was so sweet, and funny and considerate and thoughtful,” Mr. Nyman told reporters.
Vanishing Inc. announced after Mr. Owen’s death that it would start a magic scholarship to encourage young people interested in magic. The scholarship fund starts with profits from his latest and very successful book Anthony Owen: Secrets.
The Assistant Coroner said he resigned from FAB Media Group the day before his death. “Mr. Owen had clearly been under immense stress at work for several months and this had been quite devastating for him. I think the great sadness here is that he had finally dealt with that by resigning and the evidence both from his wife and his partners, he seemed happier.”
Mr. Owen’s family released a statement following the coroner’s finding. “The sudden and tragic death of our beloved Anthony has changed our lives forever. Anthony’s creative genius paved the way for so many that he selflessly mentored, and his gentle generosity of spirit will be remembered by all that were fortunate enough to know him.
“We are hugely grateful for the phenomenal outpouring of love, support and compassion that we have received from our family, friends and community since Anthony’s untimely passing.”