My resent research has focused on exploring connections between electricity, the supernatural and magic. This is based upon initial investigations conducted during my time as Research Fellow at the Bakken Museum of Electricity and Magnetism, Minneapolis USA, 2013, and ongoing, practice based research into electricity, mesmerism and magic.
Reading Jim Steinmeyer’s book Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear, Da Capo Press, 2004 and Albert Allis Hopkins, reproduction of an original, published 1901, Magic: Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, Including Trick Photography, I begin to become fascinated by ideas of invisibility.
This was enhanced by a wonderful lecture on invisibility by Philip Ball as part of The Light Year Public Lecture Series - Invisibility: a Cultural History, 17th February 2014 at Durham University
Motivated to visit the original home of the Magic Circle I booked a ticket for the ‘Magic Circle Experience’, September 2014. This was a fabulous event, not only because of the wonderful artefacts and posters displayed throughout the building, but mainly because of the museum guides. These are all ‘longstanding’ members of the Magic circle; incredible characters who enhance their tours with witty historical and personal stories. The culmination of the three-hour tour was a thoroughly engaging magic show, presented by an immaculately dressed senior member in the tiny theatre on the top floor of the museum. There is such a wealth of uncommon knowledge here, most of it in the shape of these fascinating and unique characters.