As part of my work at the University of Huddersfield I run a small project called ‘Magic Lab’. Each year a group of students join me in exploring the principles and framing of performance magic. It’s very informal and the structure (certainly early on) is deliberately loose to allow ideas and skills to develop freely.
We welcomed some new members this academic year and once the pledge was signed we began by looking at a simple coin trick and how through framing, narrative and psychology it can be transformed into magic.
I’m looking forward to seeing how this project develops this year!
As a pre-cursor to my talk on Performing Seance, our next workshop will be on the Spooky and the Macabre – entirely apt for Halloween.