November 2019

Wonder Workers and the Art of Illusion

Welcome to The Arts Society Uckfield, Lewes & Newick
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 14:30
Weald Hall
Uckfield Civic Centre Uckfield TN22 1AE

The History of Magic through Art

A lecture tour of the history of mystery from 3000BC to 21st century, meeting Sorcerer Priests and their scientific principles creating illusions for worship and control; Jongleurs of Henry VIII’s time terrified of being sentenced to death for witchcraft; Great Illusionists of the Music Hall appreciated by thousands for their extraordinary feats. What is the fascination with magic, sleight of hand, rabbits from hats and ladies sawn in half? How did the Magic Circle originate, guardian of 10,000 secrets?


Mr Bertie Pearce

Has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Manchester University, and a Diploma Internationale from the École Internationale du Théatre, Jacques Lecoq. A member of the Inner Magic Circle, with Gold Star. Past experience includes lecturing and performing on cruise ships, and to U3A, historical societies, festivals, schools and colleges. In addition, has toured the world with a magic cabaret show and a one man show entitled All Aboard. Has written articles for newspapers and magazines on entertainment and theatre.