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DateLecture
06 December 2017Charles Dickens, Conjurer: the playbills of Victorian showmen
15 November 2017Legends of Czech Glass
18 October 2017Titian – The First Modern Artist
20 September 2017The Romantic Spirit: music and the arts of early 19th century Germany
21 June 2017Ultimate Power Dressing: Chinese Imperial Costume and Textiles (Qing Dynasty: 1644-1911)
17 May 2017The Impressionist Landscape
19 April 2017From Wild Beasts to Pickled Sharks - Modern art movements of the 20th Century
15 March 2017A Thousand Years of History: Medieval Cathedrals as Time Machines
15 February 2017Ancient Faces: Flinders Petrie and the Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt
18 January 2017'Mars and the Muses': The Renaissance Art of Armour
07 December 2016Now you see it, now you don’t! The Art of Visual Deception
16 November 2016German and Netherlandish Glass
19 October 2016Brussels: Cradle of Art Nouveau
21 September 2016Dutch & the Low Countries Influence on English silver
15 June 2016From Veneering to Marquetry
18 May 2016Tulipomania: the Tulip, a decorative flower on European and Asian ceramics
20 April 2016Two Baroque Protestants: Handel and Rembrandt
16 March 2016Home Sweet Home: The Domestic Interior in 17thC Dutch painting.
17 February 2016The Palaces of William and Mary: Het Loo & Hampton Court
20 January 2016Beautiful, Beastly, Bizarre: the Art of Hieronymus Bosch
09 December 2015The Spectacular Gold and Silverware Collection of King George IV
18 November 2015Soft Angelic Whispers – the Hidden History of the English Medieval Harp
28 October 2015The Art and Meaning of Maps
16 September 2015A Crisis of Brilliance: Four Young Artists & the Great War
17 June 2015Gold of the Gods: Treasures of South America & the Search for El Dorado
20 May 2015Man Ray the Magic Man
15 April 2015Frank Lloyd Wright
18 March 2015Pomp and Grandeur: the Gardens of the Stuart Court

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Charles Dickens, Conjurer: the playbills of Victorian showmen Ian Keable Wednesday 06 December 2017

Amongst his other skills Charles Dickens was an accomplished conjurer, calling himself The Unparalleled Necromancer.  We know this from a playbill that Dickens wrote for a show he did on the Isle of Wight.  Playbills were the principal means of advertising entertainment in the 19th century, capturing the public’s imagination with their exaggerated wording.  In this talk, Dickens's own playbill is brought to life by reference to their historical development through various amusing animal acts, contemporary conjurors that directly influenced him and some demonstrations of legerdemain which the great man himself actually performed. And all presented by a professional magician and author of Charles Dickens Magician: Conjuring in Life, Letters & Literature.

Ian Keable obtained 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 and has received The Magic Circle Comedy Award.  Ian has written and presented a Radio 4 documentary on mind readers, and is currently performing a show about Charles Dickens, who was an amateur conjurer, called The Secret World of Charles Dickens. Ian collects 18th and 19th century books, posters and prints relating to magic and hoaxes, and has lectured at conferences from London to Los Angeles.In 2014 he published Charles Dickens Magician:Conjuring in Life, Letters & Literature.

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