Interview 50. – Elin Roberts

Elin Roberts is Head of Public Engagement at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. She is a passionate communicator with a wealth of experience producing and presenting science shows. She has worked with scientists, presenters, teenagers and teachers helping them produce engaging performances. She trains presenters, drawing on her experiences of stages large and small, tame and terrifying to get the most out of their own technique. As a practitioner of science communication she still enjoys the sensation of dried PVA on her fingertips and the smell of freshly applied sticky back plastic.

Interview 49. – Neil Kelso

Neil Kelso is a writer, theatre-maker, magician, musician, artist and serial entrepreneur. His career has spanned solo performance, collaborative multimedia art productions, and creative consultancy. He is the co-creator of acclaimed political musical theatre cabaret show These Trees Are Made Of Blood, co-founder of cabaret collective The House Of Q, and is an Associate Artist at Theatre Delicatessen. He lives in London and Paris.

Interview 48. – Ian Rowland

Ian Rowland (The Mind Man) helps people and companies to be more successful. He is a freelance writer and corporate speaker based in London. Ian is also a Member of the Inner Magic Circle, and an expert on cold reading and related persuasion psychology.

Interview 47. – Maria Cork

Maria Cork works in Creature F/X and Special Make-Up F/X for the film industry. She was the supervisor of the Hair Department in creature effects for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and had the responsibility of looking after Chewbacca. Other film credits include Lost in Space, Hot Fuzz, Sherlock Holmes, and Maleficent. Maria also loves magic and has worked with many magicians over the years, making unusual and specialised props for TV and theatre shows.

Interview 46. – Charles Burns

The two lessons Charles Burns learned at school were that he a gift for drawing, and that he had trouble making friends. After leaving art college he spent twelve years working as a street portrait artist in London’s Covent Garden. Whilst there, he discovered and mastered the lost art of the silhouetttist: cutting portraits from paper. Today, armed with just a pair of scissors and a pocketful of black paper, Charles has a busy schedule appearing at prestigious events all over the world. 

Interview 45. – Megan Swann

Megan is the Secretary of The Magic Circle, and is the youngest person to ever hold one of the top five officer roles in the society. Her unique ballet-themed stage act recently won first prize and the conventioneers trophy for originality at the International Brotherhood of Magicians (British Ring) Stage competition. She also holds a degree in wildlife conservation, a passion which she has combined with her magic in her new Environmental magic show!

Interview 44. – Dr Helen Pilcher

Helen Pilcher is a tea-drinking, biscuit-writing science and comedy writer. She writes for the likes of Nature and New Scientist, and is currently working on her second book, which is about the changing face of evolution. In a former life, Helen was a scientist but she managed to escape from the lab, and now spends time teaching scientists how to communicate more effectively. Helen also comperes debates and comedy shows, and gives talks at festivals, live shows and other events.

Interview 43. – Morgan and West

Morgan & West are a duo of magicians based in Oxford, who spend their time touring the country pretending to be time travellers and doing magic shows for adults and children alike. Before they were itinerant performers they were secondary school teachers, before they were teachers they did science degrees, and before they did science degrees they wanted to run off and join the circus, so all in all it worked out OK in the end.

Interview 42. – Jonathan Sanderson

Jonathan Sanderson is a lapsed physicist and occasional filmmaker, now unexpectedly an academic working on widening participation  projects at Northumbria University. He trains science and engineering performers internationally, and has research interests in digital making, tinkering education, and diversity in the STEM workforce.

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