Today: May 28, 2024

Festive Thrills From Seven Questions Publishing

It’s no surprise that at a time when we’re thinking those in difficult circumstances, those struggling, and hopefully prevailing against adversity, that films like The Great Escape have become such Christmas stalwarts.

The tales of those who risked, all while never losing touch with their basic humanity, never fail to touch us. So Seven Questions Publishing’s new volume, The Colditz Conjurer, comes at just the perfect time for Christmas gift-giving season.

A WWII biography like no other, James Green’s The Colditz Conjurer is a must-read not only for military and magic fans, but for all those keen to learn more about a human being that risked his life constantly for freedom and made a difference to those around him.

Bush Parker was a school-boy magician from the Australian outback who left home to become an assistant to a master illusionist. With World War Two looming, he gave it all up to train as a Spitfire pilot.

One of Churchill’s  few, Bush fought in the Battle of Britain until he was shot down in a dramatic dogfight. As a prisoner-of-war in Germany, Vince Parker earned a reputation as a persistent escaper. He ended up in the infamous Colditz Castle, a high-security fortress from which the Germans thought escape was impossible.

In the footlights of the castle’s theatre, this charismatic officer used his magic skills to boost the morale of his fellow prisoners. But, behind locked doors, he applied the secrets of stage magic and escapology to the real-life challenge of getting back home.

A remarkable tale of perseverance, courage and cunning in the face of adversity, The Colditz Conjurer features over 55 original photographs and maps.

“He was an outstanding hero among his fellow prisoners.” – Don Donaldson, British POW in Colditz.

Essential reading for anyone with an interest in prisoner of war escapes, the Battle of Britain, or stage magic history The Colditz Conjurer is available in hardcover (£12.99) and paperback (£7.99) on Amazon at and

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

Previous Story

Reservoir Dogs 4K Steelbook Unboxing

Next Story

Dr. Who and the Daleks: The Official Story of the Films

Latest from Blog


Memory (2023)

Memory is an exquisite American drama in the tender embrace of Michel Franco’s cinematic prowess.

Abashiri Prison I-III

Constructed in the late nineteenth century to house political prisoners, Japan’s infamous Abashiri Prison served as the inspiration for a popular and prolific run of yakuza movies released between 1965 and 1972. In Abashiri Prison,

The Beach Boys

2024 sees the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys’ chart-topping compilation album Endless Summer that threw the fading band back into the limelight. Whilst this double LP release was a big financial

The Valiant Ones

The Valiant Ones was King Hu’s last, great masterpiece. Indeed it’s arguably his last true wuxia film — but what a magnificent beast it is. Directed by the celebrated master of the

Enter the Clones of Bruce Unboxing

There have been so many books, documentaries, and even biopics of the immeasurably pioneering martial arts icon Bruce Lee. His life and work have been studied intensely, and his influence remains felt

BackBeat Unboxing

This month saw underrated Beatle-biopic BackBeat make its Blu-ray debut from Fabulous Films, surely delighting the band’s collectors and completists. Telling the story of the Beatles’ first bassist – the so-called ‘lost
Go toTop

Don't Miss


This year, StudioCanal continues their run of British war film

I Was Monty’s Double

Arguably no-one made better war films than the British in