At 4pm today Carrie Skinner & Alexander Storey Gordon with Chris Skinner present – ‘I am a Magician by the way.’
A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians from the age of 16, my Dad, Chris Skinner, performed magic in the North of England during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. My latent fascination in the presentation and craft of magic has revealed itself in my own performance practice, most recently a 2017 live-to-air performance for Radiophrenia.Retroactively documenting this ephemeral performance event, I explore in more detail the paradox at the core of the previous work; the necessarily visual medium of magic presented through the inherently auditory medium of radio.
Although I have always been interested in the display of magic I have never learned any. Over the course of a weekend at my parents home, my Dad begins to teach me the techniques of card magic.
The recordings have been handled, shaped and edited by collaborator Alexander Storey Gordon.