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The Arts Society Kennet & Swindon `TASKS’ – November 2022 Meeting – The Lecture: THE ART OF TRICKERY: How Magicians are seen in Paintings, Prints and Cartoons
21 November 2022 @ 11:00 am
A lecture by Ian Keable
This talk will show how magicians have appeared in art throughout the centuries. Early artists used the magician to symbolise the mysterious and the nknown, associating them with tarot cards and astrology.
In the 16th century Pieter Breughel and Hieronymus Bosch produced two of the most famous and striking pictures of the conjurer performing the ‘cup and balls’ trick. The 18th and 19th centuries saw a proliferation in engravings and lithographs showing the magician both inside and on the street. Cartoonists and satirists delighted linking politicians with skullduggery, with images of them featuring the three card trick vanishing illusions or pulling a rabbit out of the hat.
OUR LECTURER is Ian Keable. He holds a first class degree from Oxford before qualifying as an accountant. He then became a professional magician and is a member of the Inner Magic Circle. He now spends his time performing magic, giving talks and writing. He has written several books on the history of magic.
Coffee will be available before the meeting from about 10 00
Guests are always very welcome (for which there is a fee of £7 00)