after dinner talks by speaker steve short


For our October meeting we had our first Zoom presentation.

The subject was "Morecambe and Wise". Steve obviously knew his subject very well as he kept us entertained for almost an hour. Members commented that they watched a very enjoyable and interesting presentation.

Steve has a number of other celebrities for Zoom meetings and we would be happy to use his services again.

Dennis Neighbour - U3A Gravesend and Northfleet


Last evening Steve Short gave an interesting and informative lecture on Jasper Maskelyne, a famous magician. His presentation which took us through Jasper's family history and the part he played in the camouflage unit during World War 2 in Egypt. Steve interspersed the presentation with sleight of hand magic which not only amazed but included members of the audience as 'assistants'. A very enjoyable evening.

Chris Fenwick - Hull Literary & Philosophical Society


Houdini and the world of magic is an interesting subject. Our U3A members were entertained for an hour by a mixture of magic and the Houdini story. There was also entertaining audience participation. At the end of Steve's talk the audience showed their enthusiastic appreciation.

David Riggs - Skegness U3A


Having attended many Zoom events to date, Steve's talk was one of the best. He covered this fascinating period of British magical history with a super selection of slides and video clips. Anecdotes came thick and fast including such memorable performers such as Ali Bongo and many more. David Nixon's most relaxed and entertaining style came across well and I have no hesitation in recommending this journey down memory lane for anyone's Zoom programme.

Dr Bob King - President British Magical Society


We recently hosted Steve Short's David Nixon presentation on Zoom. I received some great comments from members; it was a very interesting and informative talk with many photos and number of short video clips. I would highly recommend this talk to clubs, well presented with some extremely interesting facts about David Nixon.

Barry J Martin - Secretary & Honorary Life Vice President


Retford Mens Probus Club had a treat in store for them, when Steve Short presented a talk on Tommy Cooper. A top class presentation of magic, and jokes, interlaced with visual computer generated images and photographs were presented in a professional manner, all devoured by an audience captivated throughout. The lively question and answer session at the end, was a true guide that the morning had been well received, and a good time had been had by all. Steve will be returning to Retford Probus Club at a future date to present his Morecambe and Wise talk, which is eagerly anticipated.

George Teasdale - President Elect


We had a lovely evening in the company of Steve who is friendly and funny. Our chosen talk, about one of Steve's heroes of magic was Jasper Maskelyne - The War Magician, it was fascinating in its own right. Steve, however, interjected some magic to illustrate points as his talk progressed, and to bring it to a close with laughter. Everyone went home baffled by Steve's marvellous magic, but also with a smile. It was a fun evening.

Angela Richards - Sutton & Barnby Moor WI

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Jasper Maskelyne

Born of a family of magicians, Jasper Maskelyne 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.

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Harry Houdini

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.

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David Nixon

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.

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Norman Wisdom

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.

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Laurel & Hardy

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

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Tommy Cooper

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." .