Tributes paid to escapologist and master locksmith from Northampton

Radio Nene Valley at Northampton General Hospital.  Mick Hanzlik looking through old records.
Radio Nene Valley at Northampton General Hospital. Mick Hanzlik looking through old records.

Tributes have been paid to an escapologist and master locksmith from Northampton, who has died aged 68.

Mick Hanzlik, who owned a locksmith shop in Lutterworth Road, Abington, passed away peacefully on Sunday night after a battle with cancer.

Writing on his Facebook page, his family said he was the “loveliest man ever.”

A number of people have paid tribute to Mr Hanzlik who was a member of the Inner Magic Circle after becoming one of the world’s leading experts on the escape artist Harry Houdini.

Mr Hanzlik regularly organised a United Kingdom Escape Artists convention in the town where some of the country’s top escape artists showed off their latest tricks.

He was also known for his work at Radio Nene Valley, the radio station based at Northampton General Hospital.

Mr Hanzlik was one of the original founders of the radio station in 1971 and went on to interview celebrities such as Bruce Forsyth and Ronnie Corbett when they visited the town.

Writing on Facebook, Dan Robinson said: “Such a loss. Mick was a Master Locksmith and a big part of escapology both in the UK and internationally.

“I am glad to have had him as a good friend and he will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family.”

Allan Bowley said: “I am deeply saddened on hearing this news. Mick was a lovely man. We enjoyed our numerous chats about radio and his superb knowledge of locks and his love of magic. My most heartfelt condolences to his wife and family. RIP buddy.”

Jeff Turner said: “I’m gutted, I have known Mick for many years as a fellow member and colleague of the Master Locksmiths Association, where he was a well respected and skilled master locksmith always ready to help new members and pass on his knowledge. He will be sorely missed.”