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29 November 2018THE SECRET WORLD OF CHARLES DICKENS
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27 September 2018KING GEORGE 1V’S COLLECTION
28 June 2018KICKING AND SCREAMING: A BRIEF HISTORY OF MODERN ART
31 May 2018GERTRUDE BELL - Traveller, Archaeologist, Orientalist and Imperialist
26 April 2018GOLD OF THE GODS: TREASURES OF SOUTH AMERICA AND THE SEARCH FOR EL DORADO
29 March 2018COLOUR AND THE ARTIST’S PALETTE: THE PERIL OF YELLOW
01 March 2018THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ERA: POP ART AND THE SWINGING SIXTIES
25 January 2018Paintbrushes at dawn – great art world feuds
30 November 2017WONDER WORKERS AND THE ART OF ILLUSION
26 October 2017TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF VAN GOGH
28 September 2017ART NOUVEAU: Architecture and Design
29 June 2017AS IF BY MAGIC: The Secrets of Turner’s Watercolour Techniques
25 May 2017THREE GREAT FRENCHMEN – and one’s a Spaniard
27 April 2017CORRIDORS OF TIME: Early Travellers through Burgundy and Provence
30 March 2017RUBENS – A MASTER IN THE MAKING
23 February 2017PICTURING PATRONAGE: 19th Century Variations on a theme

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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’.