Magic in an Age of Pretence [on Zoom]

Magic in an Age of Pretence [on Zoom]

Thursday 4 June 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Performances, shows, and events

These are challenging times. How we communicate, how we look at one another, and how we perceive our everyday surrounding are shifting from day to day. Join in with Prof Brian Rappert in using magic as a method for reflecting our altered experiences. In this highly interactive, on-line event, some of the magic will take place in your very hands! And who doesn’t need a bit more magic in their lives these days…

When asked, “Did you enjoy the general experience?” recent audience members replied:
“Brian was a superb and fluent presenter and made a point of including everyone. Most enjoyable and impressive. No hesitation in recommending it wholeheartedly.”
“Yes, very much! We liked the chat around the ideas about magic. Thought that was something really different and interesting”

You’ll need to have your own deck of 52 playing cards, preferably already sorted by suit. Please ‘arrive’ at 7.45pm to meet each other before the show starts at 8pm.

This is an online event, using Zoom. We’ve tried it out, and Zoom works really well for an intimate magic show like this. The minimum you need is a computer, or tablet that will run Zoom either as an app, or in a browser window. If it has a camera and microphone, then you’ll be able to take part around the ‘table’ just as if you were in the same room. If you’d like to really take part, then you can create a real, or virtual background that matches the magical theme …

Brian Rappert isn’t an ordinary magician, and this isn’t your everyday magic performance. His day job is a Professor in the Sociology dept at Exeter University. His research takes place in police, security and diplomatic communities where questions of disclosure and concealment loom large – realms where you might say that deception on a large scale is going on. He was curious to learn about deception at a more intimate level, so has taught himself to become a very fine magician! Normally, his performances take place around a table, with an audience dozen or so around a table. The tricks are interspersed with chat and discussion – so be prepared for that (and it means that it’s not really a show for most children).

Suggested age: 16 or over.

To book, please email and you’ll receive:

(a) The Zoom meeting invitation

(b) Ways to pay a suggested donation of £5 or £8 or £10 for taking part. All ticket receipts will be donated to the Arts Centre.