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Illumini Event 2012 Illumini will take you on a journey of Victorian hauntings, explore the dark side of a city long forgotten. Take torch light tours beneath the haunted streets of the city

 

 

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Illumini Event 2012 Artists

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Exhibiting Visual Artists


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JANE WEBB (Founder/Curator)

'The Haunted Rocking Chair'

The Woman in Black a late Victorian ghost story written by Susan Hill in 1983, adapted into a stage play in 1987. A television film in 1989 and more recently in 2012, a movie.

The rocking chair plays an important part. We see the chair and hear the terrible creaking throughout the play and know it's located behind a locked door. In the film the rocking chair helped the Woman in Black to commit suicide, by her standing on it in order to hang herself. Are the creaks we here when her dead body fell onto the chair?

'Necropolis of Science Fiction'

An installation of hand crafted tombstones and coffins. A silk lined casket with the corpse of a humanoid robot, showing you the birth of Science Fiction in the Victorian era.

The period of modern science, technology, and science fiction, which began with the Industrial Revolution. Rapid technological changes, that we take for granted today, started over 200 years ago.

 

 

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WENDY ALLAN

'The Great Stink'

One of the greatest engineering achievements of the Victorian era lies hidden under the streets of modern London – the sewerage system designed by Joseph Bazalgette. 82 miles of brick sewers were constructed to intercept the 13,000 miles of local sewers that used to discharge into the River Thames. They were an essential foundation for transformation of the city from a primitive, stinking and unhealthy place to live and work into today's modern metropolis.

The polypropolyne drainage pipes that are now used in modern drainage were used as moulds for these light pipes.

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ANJI ARCHER

‘By whom committed ‘

By whom committed ‘ Installation addresses the Victorian values and principles of criminality , during such times when small offences were incredibly harsh. Children, as well as the elderly often frequented London prisons. There they would have to endure days, months of deprivation and hardship.

Using birdcages represents confined spaces and entrapment that many prisoners would have felt in these situations. Prison records from this era give clear details about this inhumane and unjustly existence.

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HANNAH ARCHER

'Perish Prosper & Co'

Acrylic paint on Canvas. The shop is based on the idea of past lives that have left their imprint. The Shop sign is a play on two surnames of completely opposite circumstance. Time has allowed it to perish and fade where once it would have prospered.

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MORGAN AUGENTI

'Where is my master ? '
It's a little story, the dog close to the door is looking for his master and every night he used to go to the chemist .
That's the last place where he saw his master .  He really doesn't know that now the man is a ghost but one day maybe he will talk to him.
The dog  comes back every night waiting and the ghost travels around London looking for his dog. 


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KJ BARHAM

"The Death of Julia Thomas"
"In October 2010 a human skull was found in the garden of Sir David Attenborough. The unearthing of the skull concluded the investigation into the 1879 murder of Julia Thomas.  A fascinated Victorian gruesome case, where the missing skull was never traced - until now.  Kate Webster was found guilty of murder, and hanged in July 1879. "


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JULIA BICKERSTAFF

'Light Reading'

As a light artist, Julia Bickerstaff's work explores the realms of how light can be used to express emotions, experiences and understanding. Her use of neon glass tubes and found objects invites the spectator to explore the detail; to come close but also to stand at distance to view the work. It is a feast of light and Bickerstaff's glass flame working is beautiful, graceful and pungent with feelings.

The pieces contain great relevance. One been subject specific (Charles Dickens Signature and quotes) and the other having deep connotations with Victorian obsession with electricity and amazing spectacles coupled with the use of literature fit perfectly into this years theme.

 

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JOSS CARTER

'The Skull Kollector'

Joss Carter AKA ‘THE SKULL KOLLECTOR’, delves into the beautifully dark and twisted glorification of death. An unsettling fascination of the beauty within the macabre as he exhibits his personal collection of skulls acquired over the past two years.

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ROBYNE CHAPMAN

'Venice' (Inside the Haunted Tavern)

Velvet curtains were traditionally used in Victorian pubs in either red, green or blue. The red velvet skin of the curtain should look like a continual churning of hands and faces, reaching and fighting for a space beyond that it possesses.

This piece is constructed out of reused material and a lot of patience.

 

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CILLA CONWAY

'Black Mirror'

Dr John Dee, was a mathematician, astrologer, and magician who worked as Elizabeth I's astrologer. Dee was much interested in optics and optical mirrors, and the one he used (which is now in the British Museum) is highly polished obsidian and was brought back from Mexico by Cortés after his conquest of the Aztecs. In Mexico this mirror would have been used for divination and conjuring up visions by the priests and in Elizabethan London, Edward Kelly (Dr Dee's working partner) used it for the same purpose. It was later referred to as 'the Devil's looking glass'. In Victorian times there was a revival of interest in magic and occult knowledge, inspired particularly through the work of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

 

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SUSAN EYRE

‘Syndrome'

An installation exploring the inner recesses of the mind.

The box is often used as an analogy to describe a closed space in the mind where secrets and fears are stored. In hypnotherapy the box can be suggested as a place to contain and therefore control unwelcome thoughts and overwhelming emotions. Once the box is opened the imagination feeds on what is held in those hidden spaces interweaving fantasy with past memories and future fears to create our own personal terrors.

 

 

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DENISE FELKIN

'Tsunami Over The River Thames'

During the 1800's, the River Thames was visibly polluted. This was in part due to the waste generated in large quantities by the Industrial Revolution, compounded by an undeveloped sewer system. At times the Thames produced an unbearable stench. The river almost inevitably features in many books set in London. Charles Dickens memorably recorded the filthy state of the river in Our Mutual Friend (1864 -1865). Most of Dickens' other novels include some aspect of the Thames. Oliver Twist finishes in the slums along its south bank.

 


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GENETIC MOO

'Mutoscope'

Mutoscope is a steam-punk, handle-turning, proto-cinematic device, enabling the user to control a kaleidoscopic vision of biological life. This work, made by Genetic Moo, draws influence from Magic Lantern shows and Victorian phantasmagorical spectacles. Through flickering motion the inanimate is conjured into existence like a ghostly digital spectre.

 

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EMMELINE HARRIS

'Victorian Children'

Emmeline a professional costume maker, will be creating Dickensian children's costumes for the Illumini Event. Have you ever wondered what clothes were worn in the Victorian era, come along to the Victorian Wardrobe at the Illumini Event and try on some Victorian classics.

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ILUA HAUCK DA SILVA

'Veins of Vanity'
For the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens I have chosen to show ‘Veins of Vanity', an ethereal, ghost-like and sensual piece, cast in optical glass. As a conceptual take on life casting, it offers new signifiers for the transience of life and its luxuries. Aesthetically, it alludes to the Victorian era, as the corset marks invite the viewer to think about the health harms caused by tight lacing, a practice that became popular in the 1840s and 1850s.

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KATY HIGGINS

'Absence'

The work takes its inspiration from Dickens ‘Hard Times'- a novel which focuses on a family bound by rationalism and fact, prohibited from engaging in creative, imaginative or emotional pursuits.

The work exploits a tension between technology and craft, between the rational and the whimsical. Symbols and quotes from the text are fragmented and assembled to create a poetic work that demands close inspection and viewer interaction.

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BIRGITTA HOSEA

'Medium'

Inspired by Victorian spirit photographs, this tableau vivant will explore the ghostly nature of film. Taking the role of a techno-medium, Birgitta Hosea will channel messages from dead actresses captured on film and from disembodied radio signals. These messages will be manifested through her multiple video doubles and live projections of automatic writing, ectoplasmic drawing and animation.

Birgitta Hosea will be performing 'Medium' live at the following times:
Thursday 27th: 6-6.45, 7-7.45, 8-8.45
Saturday 29th: 6-6.45, 7.30-7.45, 8-8.45
Thursday 4th: 6-6.45, 7-7.45
Video documentation of the piece will play at all other times.

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ROBERT IVAN LACKERSTEIN

'Funeral Parlour Mirror'

The funeral parlour mirror has an old faded grandness about it, when you look into the mirror you see your reflection, however when it gets dark the candelabra lights up along with the trapped heart crystal from behind the mirror giving the light a ghostly feel. At the same time the face of the skull wearing a Victorian top hat appears along side your reflection in the mirror.

 

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TARYN KOERS

'Victorian Lanterns'

Victorian old gas street lamps, which had to be lit by hand every evening. In 1878 Electric street lighting began in London, replacing the old lanterns however this was only in the wealthy areas . The victorian shape lantern can still be seen today in many old parts of towns and cities and especially outside pubs.

Artist & Designer Taryn Koers is creating Victorian street lamps for the Illumini Event.

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TANYA MEHTA

'The Minds I'

The projects name “The minds ‘I' deals with introspective ideas and problems, spirituality and a search of the unknown and aims to express these qualities visually. Almost all of the photography has been done in museums and castles in and around and therefore the authenticity of the images adds that extra charm.

The visual aesthetic of all the images are Victorian-esque and the themes running through each image individually are also influenced and represented by the era.

 



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LIZ MURFITT

'Ghosts Revisited'

Inspired by the ghost stories of Dickens and others, and the Victorian's love of the supernatural, I will revisit my Ghosts theme, creating “ghosts” from bygone eras.

Modern sightings of Victorian era ghosts, such as the one caught on Google Street View cameras, have also inspired me to add a modern twist to some of my images.


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PASCALE POLLIER-GREEN

'The Experiment'

The quick and the dead mortal flesh and bone with benign fleeting soul composed grief-stricken structure.

I doth require your disengaged frame, your relinquished mould before this beautiful perfection mingles moist turf and oak and throwes of graveyard soil.

Many brights have wrought and eyed upon thee and chalked eternal masterworks from thee bequeath therefore your strange intriguing tenements of clay to medic shaman and artist and behold as absolute awaits

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DANNY ROBBINS

'Untitled'

My art work is concerned with the way we experience different layers of reality. I aim to emphasis the importance of the imagination and to establish it as another form of reality. I am inspired by the unknown, by dreams and nightmares, the lasting effect of childhood perceptions, ancient folklore and epic myth, the brutality of fairytales and all things ethereal. I am most interested in the way we react with and express the non physical aspects of our existence.

 

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IAN ROBINSON

'Dickens Manuscript'

As part of Dickens 2012 these paintings are a result of case studies in the V&A book conservation department and the Dickens Museum. 

From the original vibrant red bindings bound for his friend John Forster to photocopied versions bound for constant use  I have looked closely at the atmosphere and afterlife of Dickens publications.

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GUDRUN SIGRIDUR HARALDSDOTTIR

'Past-Aways'

Primary concerns within my art work are memories and perceptions, spanning from the personal to the universal and examination of our various ways of coping and making sense of our existence. My work often has an element of history or storytelling. The site specific installations often respond to the history of the site and explore the idea of what “site specific memories”, - ghosts, might still linger in the air. Whereas my smaller pieces tend to examine the more personal memories, emotions and state of mind; - occasionally drawing on my own experiences, but more often concerned with the collective passing down of patterns of behaviour, traditions and folklore.


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LUCY SPARROW


'Miss Havishams Dinner Table'

'Miss Havisham is one of Dickens' most enduring characters, references to her appear in popular culture everywhere especially in films such as What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? And Sunset Boulevard's Norma Desmond. Any time there is an unmarried woman of a certain age she is more often than not assumed to be slightly batty like the vindictive Victorian spinster.

Lucy Sparrow has paid homage to one of the most enduring scenes of her decaying bridal feast by recreating the table and everything on it in textiles. Luxurious mohair cobwebs, bejeweled and sequin encrusted food, buds and tableware has turned the most sinister sight of decay into a thing of beauty. Unlike the rotten wedding cake this fabric feast will always be a thing of beauty.'

(Please note Lucy is making new work for this event. The sketch is of what she is creating and below samples of previous food she has created from fabric)

 

 

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ROSE STAFF

'Memento Mori '

Death is recognised as a universal human experience that effects everyone regardless of race, gender or class. It is a reminder that our time on this planet is only fleeting and is an inevitable event that we cannot escape. Its representation in art also tells a lot about the culture and beliefs of the society that the work was made in. Despite a breakdown of traditional religious notions in contemporary western society there still persists a desire to visualise the end. In this piece I am interested in exploring the concept of death as it becomes a way in which I can confront the understanding of my own mortality.

 

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JOJO TAYLOR

'The Lost and The Found'

For some staunch believers, the idea that our souls live on eternally after our body dies and reincarnates into a new body, is a given.

It is said that a thin veil separates the earth's dimension from that of ‘the other side', our real home, the one where we come from and where we return to after each of our lifetimes on earth has elapsed.

Although we may be temporarily lost to our loved ones on earth, we are found and reunited with the other spirits we have known through many lifetimes.

The Lost and The Found is inspired by this cyclical spiritual journey and the imprints, memories and energy we leave behind, along with our earthly possessions.

 

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NIK VAUGHN

'The Dead Train'

The Vaults under London Bridge station, was once the waiting room for the dead. The Necropolis Railway, carried coffins to the final destination. Nik Vaughn a professional mural painter, will create a new piece of work, a scene that, takes you back to an average day of death, on The Necropolis Railway.

 

 

Nik we also be creating several sculptural props through out
'Dickensian Hauntings'

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TRACEY WARD

'The Ghost of the Brides Chamber'

The ghost of the brides chamber- Charles Dickens
' Now die! I have done with you!'

The verbal torture that Ellen endured at the hand of her evil husband is depicted within her wedding dress. The ropes and chains crushing and suffocating her spirit causing her soul to degenerate and eventually die.

(Please note tracy is creating new works for this event, the image is a representation of the new work she is creating)

Illumini Event Photographers

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NICK HOOPER

Photographer for Illumini

Nick is a self-taught photographer, living in London. He has interests in art photography, portraiture, architecture/urban space, street photography, music and events. Illumini is delighted to have Nick produce some amazing photography at the event and looking forward to working with this talented photographer.

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wONKEYbORDERs

Photographer for Illumini

Wonkeyborders has been photographing Illumini Events as a guest, for a couple of years. We are now very delighted to have them as part of the team. A talented London-based photographer working in digital and traditional 35mm and medium format. Who particularly love's people-watching, we cant wait to see what they capture at Illumini.

 

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BETTY ZAPATA

Photographer for Illumini

A strong member of Illumini's photography team Betty, is a graduate in Social Communications (journalism), an experienced journalist and currently a photography student at the City of Westminster College in London.

I am culture-curious. I shoot almost anything and everything that allows me to capture the feel and the uniqueness of the places I have seen or travelled to.

Volunteers

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LAURA POMPILI

Volunteer Artist

Illumini is pleased to have Laura as part of the Illumini team for Illumini Event 2012. Laura's skills will be of a valuable asset to the team.

An artist herself that works in clay as her main medium, currently reproducing a combination of opposing views in one sculpture; man and the natural world.

 

 

 

Performance Artists

 

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AARDVARK PRODUCTIONS

‘The Headless French Aristocrat.”


What is his story and how did he loose his head? Ask him if you dare but he may have a few surprises for you!

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AARDVARK PRODUCTIONS

'Charles Dickens'

The world-famous Mr Dickens is gracing us with his presence. Meet him and help him recreate some famous scenes from his novels or just watch an extravagant performance of an extract from the Great Man himself!

 

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AARDVARK PRODUCTIONS

'Bodysnatchers'

A walkabout character in search of body parts from likely looking characters to add to her collection. You have something to sell? You need to replace something? She's the person to see! Complete with sound system to create impromptu dance ‘events!'

 

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AHNEMON

'They come after dark'

The Victorian era was a time when society was tightly controlled and  behavior outlined in specific detail - a very repressed world. As with all things that appear clean cut on the surface, it's not uncommon to imagine that there is something seething just below.

Drawing on their love of the gothic, Ahnemom have created a vampire inspired walkabout piece especially for Illumini.


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VICTORIA BIDDLECOMBE

'Queen Victoria'

Her majesty Queen Victoria, will be Illumini's special guest. when she heard about the Dickensian Ghost event she could not resist, being a fan of Charles Dickens and having a morbid interest in the paranormal, including trying to communicate with her dead husband, Prince Albert.

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CIRCUS COMPANY

'illuminated juggling'

The Circus Company are back for Illumini 2012, with their amazing light shows, that will dazzle and amaze you with their glow performances, illuminated juggling, contact ball, diablo and much more.

 

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CILLA CONWAY

'Tarot reading''

Creator of The Intuitive Tarot, Cilla Conway, will be reading tarot on the opening night

Tarot has a long and interesting past in Victorian London. In the early 1900s, Arthur Waite, arch-magician Aleister Crowley, and other members of The Golden Dawn met regularly in the basement of Atlantis Bookshop in Holborn.

 

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DR JOHN

'Arcanum Magick- from the Darkside'
As night descends, and the safety of daylight is no more, the mist gathers slowly and the story of our evening begins. Storyteller, Magician, Mindreader & Hypnotist, Dr John unravels the intricacies of our souls, and beguiles us with the mysterious confoundery of the Magicians art.

His style is unconventional, and his character comes straight from the archives of Victorian melodrama - but these are not parlour games . . oh no.

 

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MONEER ELMASSEEK

'Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde'
Take a step into a dark mirror of shadows for every good an evil. Doctor Harold Jekyll, renowned scientist and respected gentleman, creating the cure to every negative side of human nature with the belief that if one could separate ourselves

From the demons of the mind we could be pure. But what he found was the distillation of all that is wrong,
Diabolical and evil, from this idea Mr Edward Hyde was born. Both share a body but with minds a life time Apart, make your own decision on who you want to speak to,
but be warned there is power in words.

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PAWEL FESYK

'Victorian Painting'

Live stone statue who will meet and greet you . A Unique performance set inside a Picture Frame. The Self portrait of a Victorian Artist artist comes to life, when guests walk past.

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CLIVE GREENWOOD

'Victorian Quack Doctor'

Dr Socrates Gripenerve, lately Doctor of Physic to the Sultan of all Persia, will be in attendance with his "Cures of Sterling Merit"

The Doctor, a man of great medical learning, will have available many of his new wonder cures, including his new patent tabloids, miracle remedies and the elixir of life itself. (Buy now while stocks last!)

For those of an impecunious nature, or those suffering temporary financial embarrassments, Dr Gripenerve is happy to arrange liberal terms with a local loan office

Dr Gripenerve assures intending patients that those who accuse him of fraudulent claims at Quackery are simply Harley Street physicians jealous of his great medical knowledge, he invites you to peruse his testimonials from the Gentry and The Crowned Heads of Europe

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LORI HOPKINS

'Miss Havershams Ghost'

Lori Hopkins is a puppet-maker and performer specialising in devised performance. For Dickensian Hauntings, she has created a new puppet, the ghost of Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. The tragic spinster's ghost is doomed to walk the earth desperately seeking a lover. In an amusing, interactive walkabout performance, see Lori bring Miss Havisham's ghost to life as a muppet-style lip-sync puppet. Watch as our phantom flirts and chats with the crowd, dressed in her frazzled wedding dress complete with illuminated adornments.

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LILLY LAUDANUM

'Mrs Lovett'

"Mrs Lovett officially makes the worst pies in London! Witness for yourself her gory baking skills that truly are bad to the 'bone' as she runs through her list of ingredients, she may even offer a few samples of her baking skills... But you'd better hope she's got enough meat for her pies that are truly 'flesh' from the oven…" 

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MICHELLE LAING

'Even Charles Would Chuckle'

2012 I have decided to come back from the past of when I was born in 1819, a great time! My name is Michelle Laing, but you may call me Miss Wellgroomed! I am a professional weirdo, artist, poet and performer.

Charlie, or Dicky, as we sometimes called him, was a close friend of mine. He would nurture my sense of humour and my satirical wit as I, like him, am a writer of sorts, I am a poet.

I will delight you with my highbrow humour and well-groomed wise cracking. O the gems I have in store for you!

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CATRIN OSBORNE

''Miss Havisham'

Catrin Osborne magically brings to life one of Dickens most inspired creations who went on to become one of the most loved characters in literature. Miss Haversham is a fully interactive experience, who can transport the public into her dust filled house of stopped clocks and spider infested cakes.

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THE PEOPLE PILE

'The Ladies of light'

The Ladies of Light  are an enchanting, dancing and illuminating promenade performance. They mysteriously glide through the space, summoning and collecting the lost sprites of the underworld before returning them to their rightful resting grounds.

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ROSS SAMBRIDGE

'The Undertaker'

Over 7Ft tall undertaker imerges from the vaults. Be warned he is looking for prospective clients and discreetly taking measurements for coffins.

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GUY SMITH

Glowman

Glow costumed Performer with an amazing light show. You will find The Glowman hidden inside the dark Victorian subterranean depths of Illumini, where he will come to life with an rhythm glow performance.

 

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MAXIMILLIAN SOMERSET

The Unusualist

He calls himself “The Unusualist” because his magic, far from being associated with all the ‘choose a card any card' clichés, is something more profound. It's free from the shackles of conventional tricks and is about creating the impossible with anything to hand. Your wedding ring could end up in a light bulb under a lampshade; you children's pet Goldfish could swim out of your £50 note; or a word that you are thinking of can be found engraved on a walnut…inside an egg!

Either way as both a performer and an inventor, his innovations have gained him respect among his peers as one of the most unique minds in the field of magic today.

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CHRIS BROWN

'Crystal Ghost'

The Crystal Ghost is Chris Brown, an internationally renowned contact juggler. For Illumini he will amaze you with his juggling skills.

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TOMMASO DI VINCENZO

'Contortionist'

Tommaso is one of the UK's top male contortionist and will be performing at Dickensian Haunting, with his sensational twist and bends where he leaves you amazed with his skills.