Chris North Lecture
A.C.E.S. Magic Club, Lewes, West Sussex
12th April 2017
Reviewed by Rick Martyn
And so, last night in Lewis, we had the opportunity to welcome Chris North to the A.C.E.S. magic club. What followed was a fascinating insight into the working life of one of the hardest, and longest, workers in the field of Magic.
Chris's lecture starts when he, as a young man, was taking photos for a living at a holiday camp. This is where he saw the act that inspired him to put down his camera and pick up a wand, which he held onto for the next fifty years, and continues to hold on to today!
Chris took us through the early days, the days of TV only having 3 channels (can you imagine), when 18 million people saw him on New Faces, through to 3-2-1 with Ted Rogers and of course a raucous routine shown on the inimitable Wheel Tappers and Shunters Club. He went on to explain the secret of his success in keeping his show fresh and how to keep it in the public eye. This advice alone is well worth having this lecture! Chris brings with him a projector and screen, a sound system and of course all of the equipment needed to provide not only a great look at some nostalgic pictures, but also some video clips from his successful TV career!
This lecture is not a thinly disguised infomercial for products that are being sold by the lecturer; this is a genuine lecture about a solid 50-year career that has taken Chris around the world; from being a Holiday Camp Photographer to one of the most respected names in the world of Professional Magicians.
I, for one, thoroughly recommend this lecture.
Rick Martyn. Acting Chairman, A.C.E.S. Magic Club, Lewes, West Sussex.
© Rick Martyn, April 2017