Magical Engagements with Brian Rappert

Magical Engagements with Brian Rappert

Sunday 27 June 2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre

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Book tickets here  – £10 or £8 or £5  you choose

Join our conjuror-in-residence for a brand new, highly interactive event that uses entertainment magic to explore themes of connection and estrangement.

Brian isn’t an ordinary magician, and this isn’t your everyday magic performance. His day job is a Professor in Sociology at Exeter University. As part of that he has become interested in how magic can be used to speak to the human condition.  Join us for a mixture of make-believe and philosophical inquiry.

The Magical Engagements event will involve some audience members performing effects with Brian.  This will entail handling playing cards, coins and other props.  Such participation is wholly voluntary.  Hand sanitisers will be available for all those partaking in the handling of objects.  All objects used in the performance will be unused for 72 hours before the event.

Doors open at 7:00. Start time 7:30. The show will last for 60 – 90 minutes. Drinks will be available from the bar.

The show involves discussion among the audience of  some of the themes that arise – it’s not a children’s show.  So we suggest a minimum age of 16.

Pandemic policies. This information will be updated as things change.

Update: April 2022

  • Face masks: In the Main Hall, on the ground floor, these are recommended at all times, but are optional. Anyone who sits upstairs in the balcony MUST wear a face mask – with NO exceptions (not even those who are exempt). This is to allow people who are clinically vulnerable to have a place to sit where seats are naturally separated, so: (a) to provide a place for people who want to be as distanced as possible from others, and with anyone nearby wearing a mask; (b) as virus particles when airborne are generally heavier than air, this helps to mitigate the risk of transmission from people sitting in the balcony to audience members below.
  • The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. Although we have heating, this might mean that the ambient temperature is a little cooler than some might like, and audience members should dress accordingly.
  • Please, if you can, take a Lateral Flow test before coming to the Arts Centre, and if this is positive, don’t come. These tests aim to pick up anyone who is infectious at the moment of testing, so please take the test as late as possible on the same day before coming to the Arts Centre. If you test positive, a refund or transfer of your ticket to another event can be arranged, if you let us know before the start of the event, by emailing