The Session 2022 Performer Spotlight | Ian Keable

By Vanishing Inc. - Saturday, June 5, 2021

Comedy magician and author Ian Keable

Ian Keable has forged a tremendous career as a magician and author. His books, like Stand-up: A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic, are highly-regarded by magicians around the world. We cannot wait for you to join us for his captivating talk at The Session, where he will be sharing fascinating tales from his new book detailing the history of hoaxes and scams.

Until then, we’ll pass it over to Ian to tell you a little more about himself…

What Is your favorite convention memory?

FISM in Lausanne when Lance Burton won the Grand Prix. Although, at the time, I preferred Philippe Socrate’s zombie head act.

What legacy do you hope to leave on the magic world?

My books.

What excites you most about the future of magic?

The word ‘excite’ is one of my pet hate words; however I am intrigued to see how the development of women in magic progresses. And who will become the first well-known female TV magician.

What’s one mistake in your career you encourage others not to repeat?

Became a professional magician too late.

What do you consider to be “real magic”?

I’m too cynical and sceptical to even consider the concept of ‘real magic’.

What is the wildest event you’ve ever performed at?

An audience in Brixton in the 1980s when I was working in the comedy clubs.

What’s your favorite fun fact?

Despite being an amateur conjurer of some note, there is only one (extremely minor) character in all his novels and short stories that Charles Dickens features as a magician.

If you had Josh and Andi over for dinner, what would you cook?

If they knew what my cooking was like, they’d never come over. But if my arm was twisted, it would probably be a traditional roast.

What are some other fun things or interesting facts about you?

  • I qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

  • Ricky Jay autographed one of his books for me.

  • My grandfather was a famous author in the 1920s (one of his books was mentioned in The Great Gatsby); although, unfortunately, nobody has heard of him now.

  • I edited OPUS magic magazine for its first year.

  • While touring comedy clubs, I worked with Graham Norton, Harry Hill, Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Frank Skinner and Eddie Izzard.

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