May Meeting – Dickens the Conjuror . Talk by Ian Keable

It was a delight to welcome back Ian Keable to our May meeting.  Ian is a well- known author, broadcaster, researcher and member of the Inner Magic Circle who speaks on magic history, satirical prints, cartoons and 18th century hoaxes. This time we were entertained and informed about Dickens, the Conjuror through a playbill of his most famous show. Dickens was a keen amateur conjuror for around 7 years of his life, calling himself the ‘Unparalleled Necromancer’.  Ian gave us a highly amusing and expertly presented account of this little-known part of the great author’s life and to round off an excellent talk, he performed two Dickensian tricks to the amazement of all.