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Moyse’s Hall is conjuring up a feast of magic

Marco Pusterla with Houdini's handcuffs ANL-161130-155008001
Marco Pusterla with Houdini's handcuffs ANL-161130-155008001

The latest exhibition at Bury St Edmunds’ Moyse’s Hall Museum is pure magic.

With everything from a pair of Houdini’s handcuffs to a dress worn by Paul Daniel’s wife and stage assistant Debbie McGee, the three-month show is based on the collection of Bury magician and magic historian Marco Pusteria.

Called Magic: the Entertainment of Deception, it opens tomorrow and runs until March 26, featuring more than 100 exhibits from the world of magic and illusion, dating back more than 400 years.

Marco, who has been performing magic and collecting magic artefacts for more than 30 years, will be performing some of his favourite tricks at the museum on Friday January 27 at 7pm.

Other events during the three-month exhibition include school and drop-in workshops, a special Wizarding Weekend on February 11 and 12, and a talk on the Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins by historian Prof Malcolm Gaskill, from the University of East Anglia on February 10.

Marco said: “My collection features items from the world of magic from as early as the 17th Century, through to what is considered the golden period of the art in the 1920s and ‘30s, up to the modern day.

“The tricks performed today are still those performed by the magicians centuries ago and all that has really changed is the technology to create the illusion and how people now view them.”

One of only 300 magic collectors in the world, he has more than 3,000 books on the art of magic and is involved in research on the history of magic.

The exhibition includes an 1870 ‘Hoffmann’s magic table’, once owned by magician Paul Daniels, along with such tricks as the ‘dangerous wrist chopper’ and a ‘floating ball’.


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