A SOUTH Yorkshire-based publisher hosted a book signing by the author and star of a moving biography about how a British soldier survived the horror of Japanese prisoner of war camps by keeping comrades and enemy troops entertained with magic tricks.
Pen and Sword books, part of Wharncliffe Publishing, based on Church Street, Barnsley, invited Fergus Anckorn, the veteran whose experience is detailed in Captivity, Slavery and Survival as a Far East POW: Conjuror on the Kwai, and author Peter Fyans.
A spokesman said: “Fergus experienced terrible ordeals that no-one should have to face. He should have been killed on four or five occasions, but remarkably survived due to quick thinking and good luck. This is an incredibly moving book and will surely be considered as one of the classic Far East POW stories.
“He is still active today and still holds the unique claim of being the youngest ever member of the Magic Circle – and is now currently their oldest-ever member.”
Fergus, aged 93, held at the Chungkai prisoner of war camp in a hot Thai jungle, used conjuring skills to make food ‘disappear’ from guards to give to his friends.