Magical Engagements with Brian Rappert

brian rappert

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

Ashburton Arts Centre

Performances, shows, and events

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.

Sat 15 May: From Step 3 of the UK government’s ‘roadmap’, which comes into force on Monday 17 May 2021, we are able to open to a public audience. For all events from 17 May, until further changes are announced:

  • The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. This may mean that the ambient temperature is similar to outdoors, and audience members should dress accordingly.
  • All audiences will be seated in socially-distanced bubbles. Please stay seated as much as possible while inside the building.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available as well as soap and water in the toilets; please use these frequently.
  • Bar service at the Arts Centre is carried out by volunteers. If they are available at any event, they will take orders at your seat, and bring drinks to you.
  • All members of the audience must wear a facemask while indoors, except if medically exempt, or when eating or drinking. Our experience is that this is one of the things most important for making some (perhaps more vulnerable) members of the audience feel safe to attend concerts. Whatever your opinion of the efficacy of facemasks in preventing the spread of the virus, please help to reassure others, and showing that you’re thinking of them, by complying with this.
  • There are posters inside the building showing the QR code that’s connected to the NHS Track and Trace app – please use this. We will also keep a record of all ticket buyers for the required period, and pass this on to the NHS or Devon Public Health if requested.