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THE SECRET WORLD OF CHARLES DICKENS IAN KEABLE Thursday 29 November 2018

Charles Dickens was an amateur conjurer for around seven years of his life, from the time he wrote A Christmas Carol to David Copperfield.  The talk will look at how Dickens was inspired to take up magic, which other conjurers influenced him, whether he was any good as a conjurer and how he depicted, and wrote about, magic in his own books, articles and letters.  With luck we will not only get a description of some of Dickens' tricks but also some performances by our speakler, Ian Keable.

Ian gained a First Class degree 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. In 2014 Ian published ‘Charles Dickens Magician: Conjuring in Life, Letters & Literature’.