Born of a family of magicians, Jasper Maskelyne (1902 - 1973) was a successful stage magician in the 1930s and 1940s, who, during the last war, was alleged to have been drafted into MI9, a secret department of the British Military Intelligence services specialising in camouflage.
Maskelyne claimed his wartime deceptions and methods of camouflage fooled the enemy and helped Britain to victory in the desert campaign. Said to be the inventor of small secret devices to aid prisoners of war escape from captivity it is often difficult to separate fact from fiction with this enigmatic and somewhat eccentric magician.
A fascinating and illustrated talk by Steve Short will help shed some light on this grand illusionist and his wartime deceptions and will include some magic that Maskelyne performed at this time.
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"Just a few words to say how much we enjoyed your Jasper Maskelyne presentation. It combined fascinating history with jaw-dropping magic and brilliant humour. Many people have approached me since you came to our event to say how much they enjoyed the talk and also how professional it was. I have no hesitation in recommending you to other U3A's and will do so at our next speaker seeker regional workshop."
Anne McLeod - U3A
I went to the doctor; he said "I'd like you to lie on the couch". I said: "What for?" He said: "I want to sweep the floor." .
Harry Houdini is probably the world's most famous magician and escapologist. Born Erik Weisz in Budapest in 1874 he moved to to The States with his family in 1878.
The world's most famous double act, Laurel & Hardy, started during the early Hollywood period of American cinema. Englishman, skinny Stan Laurel and the plump American, Oliver Hardy
Using photographs and video clips Steve will bring to life the story of how these two great comedians met to become Britain's best ever double act.
Sir Norman Joseph Wisdom, was raised in extreme poverty and by the age of 11 he ended up in a children's home in Deal from which he ran away.
David Nixon was the best known magician in the UK in the 1960s and 70s and one of the most popular personalities on British televison. Nixon was the inspiration for Steve Short's career as a professional magician.