Bobby Bernard: “The Gordon Bruce issue of Pabular was the most exciting issue of a magical magazine I have ever read.”

Some time ago I was chatting to the regulars at a packed Saturday session here at The Magick Lounge. The subject of the Lounge Lectures came up and I asked the assembled cognoscenti and Adam who would be top of their list of potential lecturers. Ignoring the suggestion from Les of a lecture-demonstration on culinary whisk techniques by Nigella Lawson, one name on just about everybody’s list was Gordon Bruce.

Gordon, of course, is a legend among card men as well as being an avid book collector and curator of the Scottish Magic Archive. He is also a very busy double bass player with the Scottish National Orchestra. Which probably explains why he gives few lectures.

Luckily Steve Cook was in the Lounge that Saturday (thanks for the chocolate, Steve, much appreciated) and promised to get in touch with the inestimable Mr Bruce. To cut a long story short, I’m very please to say that a date has been arranged.

Pause for you all to grab your diaries…

It’s Thursday evening 8 July at 7.30. Doors open at 7.00. Cost is a mere £10. Where? At Sheffield’s premier magic venue: The Magick Lounge.

Seriously guys, this really is a don’t-miss event for anyone with an interest in top quality card and close-up magic. Gordon is up there amongst the giants. He has rubbed shoulders with Dai Vernon, Ed Marlo, Fred Robinson, Roy Walton, and Andrew Galloway, to name but a few. (He illustrated Galloway’s essential The Ramsay Classics.)

This will be a truly memorable lecture. You’ll see close-up magic of the highest quality, as well as hearing fascinating tales of Gordon’s encounters with many of magic’s most famous names.

The picture here comes from the cover of the special Gordon Bruce issue of Pabular. (It’s reproduced courtesy of Martin Breese. All eight volumes of Pabular, with Ian Keable’s index, are available on CDRom from Martin or ourselves at £31.75.)

See you on the 8th!