We want to make sure that we get the most time we can with our lecturer. We plan to start the lecture promptly at 7:00 pm. Please ensure you arrive on time.
World-Champion IBM Close-Up Magician, and London’s Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year Jon Allen will bring some high-caliber tricks for your repertoire.
Allen received a Fine Art MA from Chelsea College of Art in 1989 and was a Henry Moore Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University from 1991-1993. From 2007-8 he was the Arts Council England Helen Chadwick Fellow at the University of Oxford and the British School at Rome.
Allen’s work has appeared in many exhibitions including “Feint” at Deutsche Bank in New York City, “The Float in the Sight of Things” at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, “Mesmer” at temporary contemporary in London, “Con Art” at Site Gallery in Sheffield, “Scarecrow” in Metzova Greece, and “Variety” at the De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill on Sea, UK, the first Singapore Biennale , “The Dictionary of War” in Berlin, “Kalanag” at David Risley Gallery London, ‘The Great Transformation – Art & Tactical Magic’ at Frankfurter Kunstverein, and ‘Adventureland Golf’ at the Grundy Art Gallery Hull.
In 2002, Allen instigated the international group show “Con Art” with American curator Helen Varola and Carol Maund which explored art and conjuring’s shared principles of ‘cunning and conning’ through a gallery exhibition (including Mark Wallinger, Simon Patterson, Sarah Charlesworth, and others), a symposium (chaired by Susan Hiller), and a live performance event including, amongst others, Forced Entertainment, Ursula Martinez, and Tommy Angel. In 2010, he co-curated the Hayward Gallery touring exhibition “Magic Show” with the writer Sally O’Reilly.
Allen writes widely on art and cultural history for visual art journals including Contemporary (magazine), Tate Etc, and Cabinet magazine, for which he guest-edited an issue dedicated to magic in 2007. He is a member of The Magic Circle, the UK organisation for professional magicians, and a curator at The Magic Circle Museum. In 2013 Allen identified a previously unknown tarot deck within the museum’s collections hand-painted c.1906 by the English artist and mystic Austin Osman Spare. He subsequently edited the first critical survey of Spare’s cards.
Be sure to purchase a Calgary Magic Circle Lecture Pass to attend this lecture.