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Literally the Best Magician

Dave Alnwick

When?
Sunday, November 26 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
YO1 9PT

Who?
Dave Alnwick

What's the talk about?

After a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe and fresh off the back of hosting QED 2017, Skeptic regular Dave Alnwick tours his new show 'Literally the Best Magician'.

Is Dave Literally the Best Magician?  He certainly thinks so and intends to spend an hour proving it.  Working through every genre of Magic, Dave hopes to 'one up' the classics of conjuring. 

Ok, enough of this third person charade.  I'm doing a Magic show.  It'll be really good, you should totally come.  In the past I've focused on mentalism (y'know that Derren Brown mind reading business) but I thought I'd step away from that and have a go at old school stuff.  It's not easy making tricks with rope, tissues and post-it notes interesting but I'm pretty sure I've smashed it.

“He is the kind of performer who could probably make reading the dictionary into an entertaining show” – WorldMagicReview.com

I'll even do a talk after the show about Magic.  I'll teach you a trick.  We'll do a Q&A.  Maybe have a drink.  It'll be dope. 

Darryl Cunningham

When?
Monday, January 22 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
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Who?
Darryl Cunningham

What's the talk about?

Darryl Cunningham is an internationally published cartoonist and writer. His books include Psychiatric Tales (a book based on his experience working on a psychiatric ward, which cuts through the myths and stigma surrounding psychiatric illnesses, this book explains schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD, and much more), Science Tales (cartoon essays on controversial science subjects that include: the Andrew Wakefield/MMR/vaccination scandal, homeopathy, chiropractic, evolution, climate change, and gas fracking.), and Supercrash: How To Hijack The Global Economy (an explanation of the 2008 financial crisis). 

 
His latest book, Graphic Science is a series of cartoon essays on overlooked, sidelined, excluded, or discredited men and women who have been or are key figures in scientific discovery. Subjects include Nikola Tesla, Fred Hoyle, and Mary Anning.
 
In his talk he’ll be discussing his various books, with emphasis on the latest, and showing how he’s used his cartooning work to promote science and critical thinking. 
 
Darryl Cunningham went to Leeds College of Art. In 2015 Cunningham was involved with the Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation’s Art Of Saving a Life project, as one of 30 world-renowned photographers, painters, sculptors, writers, filmmakers, and musicians to impress urgency on the global community to reach all children with the life-saving vaccines they need. http://darryl-cunningham.blogspot.co.uk