Dickens and Magic

Ian Keable
10th October 2017, 7:15pm

Charles Dickens was an amateur conjurer for around seven years of his life. His best known show was on the Isle of Wight in 1849 when he wrote a highly amusing, and informative, playbill to promote his appearance. This playbill, in which Dickens called himself the 'Unparalleled Necromancer', provides the focus to learn about Dickens and his conjuring. The talk includes performances by Ian of some of Dickens' tricks.


About the Speaker

Ian graduated from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then became a professional magician. He is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. He has written and presented a 

Radio 4 documentary on mind readers. He performs a show about Charles Dickens as an amateur conjurer called The Secret World of Charles Dickens. It was described by one newspaper as "A magic show balanced in educational reveals and mind-bending sleight-of-hand mysteries, with a spooky Victorian literary twist." He has written the book Charles Dickens Magician: Conjuring in Life, Letters & Literature. He is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society.


Menu for Supper

A hot and cold buffet including sandwiches, tarts, quiches, pastries, breads and dips. Dessert items are also included.

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