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The Secret World of Charles Dickens

A talk by Ian Keable

British Schools Museum - 41-42 Queen Street, Hitchin SG4 9TS, United Kingdom

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Charles Dickens, Conjurer: An Illustrative Talk with Magic 

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 an amusing, and informative, playbill to promote his appearance. 

In the first half there will be an illustrated talk of how Dickens became a conjurer, which magicians inspired him and how his magic sheds light both on his character and his writings.  

The second half will be a performance of tricks from Dickens' repertoire, together with tricks of contemporary magicians who Dickens saw.

About Ian Keable:

Ian Keable got a degree from Oxford University, qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then became a professional magician.  He is a Member of The Magic Circle and has won The Magic Circle Comedy Award.  He has written Charles Dickens Magician: Conjuring in Life, Letters & Literature.  He now divides his time between performing magic, giving talks and researching and writing.  He is presently writing The Century of Deception: The Birth of Hoaxes in the Eighteenth Century, which is due to be published in the Autumn of 2020.

Part of our 'Tuesday Talks' series, sponsored by IMF Audit.


41-42 Queen Street, Hitchin SG4 9TS, United Kingdom (Get Directions)