Misha Magidov (1929–2019) Israeli teacher and and Head of Training.
Misha Magidov was born in a small village in Palestine. At the age of 14 he joined a kibbutz (Gevah, in the Isreal Valley) and later joined the Israel Army where he rose to the rank of Captain. He started having lessons in the Technique with Schmuel Nelken. Misha moved with his family to London in 1961 in order to join Patrick Macdonald’s training course. Upon qualifying as a teacher of the Technique Misha taught for some years in Israel, moved to London again in 1973, and then back to Israel. In 1980 he moved to London where he started the North London Alexander Teacher Training Course (first in Hendon, later in Golders Green). He retired to Israel.
His wife Judith Magidov (†2004) also trained as a teacher of the Technique.
‘A personal view of the Alexander Technique’ by Misha Magidov is the 1990 F. Matthias Alexander Memorial Lecture.
‘After-shocks in the wake of the 4th International Congress’ by Misha Magidov is a criticism of some of the teaching at the 1994 Sydney International Congress. He complains about the commercial, rowdy and aggressive attitude of some teachers, and has concerns about the so-called ‘improved’ or ‘remote-control’ Alexander Technique, consisting of teaching without any, or very little, hands-on.
‘A workshop with Misha Magidov’ at Cecil Sharp House, London, 1999, by David Reed (2005).
‘No doubt about it’ by John A. Baron.
Misha Magidov *1929 – †28th May 2019.