The Beatles' tech guru 'Magic Alex' dies
publish date: 2017-01-16
The Beatles associate and 'tech guru' 'Magic Alex' has passed away at the age of 74.
Yannis Alexis Mardas, known by the nicknames 'Magic Alex' and 'John', was one of the first Apple Corps employees after becoming friends with John Lennon. Mardas' blinking light invention, dubbed the 'Nothing Box', is said to have stimulated Lennon's LSD trips.
Mardas has been acknowledged as as a co-writer on Beatles outtake 'What's the New Mary Jane'. He also made an appearance in the band's Magical Mystery Tour film (scroll below to watch).
Mardas accompanied The Beatles on their 1968 visit to India and was the person to break the news of Lennon's divorce plans to then-wife Cynthia Lennon.
In 1968, Mardas was in charge of building The Beatles a new recording studio but soon parted ways with Apple Corps.