What's On at Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum


Saturday 25th November 2017

Dickensian Disappearances

11:30am-12:45pm, 1:30pm-2:45pm and 3:30pm-4:45pm

Charles Dickens: novelist, social reformer, journalist… and conjuror? Dickens, a keen watcher of magic, gave a number of magic performances in the 1840s at Christmas and during summers on the Isle of Wight. This event, a blend of talk and performance, uses the unique setting of the Dickens Birthplace Museum in Portsmouth to discover Dickens’ involvement in the world of magic. Dr Christopher Pittard explores Dickens’ engagement with famous conjurors, the influence of magic on his fiction, and goes behind the scenes of his performances to reveal the secrets of Victorian sleight of hand.


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Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Dickens Quote:

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.