Ptolemy Elrington – sculptor (#95)

Ptolemy Elrington was born in 1965. Since studying art he's been working as a self-employed professional sculptor since 2002. He works with recycled materials incorporating a regenerative eco aware theme in his work. Clients include R.S.P.B., The Environment Agency, Thames Barrier, Ronseal, Kenwood, Ecover, East Coast Trains and both Essex and Brighton County Councils. His work has been to numerous venues in London and the south-east and has travelled to exhibitions in Ireland, Greece, Spain and Russia. He’s currently working on several private commissions and a continuation of his own work. At the moment he lives in Brighton. 

Dr Will Houstoun – magical historian (#94)

Will Houstoun has a PhD in the history of magical education, supervised by Dame Marina Warner, and is a winner of both The European Magic Championships and The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year. He holds a Literary Fellowship with The Academy of Magical Arts in Los Angeles, and is an Honorary Research Associate at Imperial College’s Department of Surgery and Cancer as well as Magician in Residence at The Imperial College/Royal College of Music Centre for Performance Science. The current editor of The Magic Circular, The Magic Circle’s 113-year-old journal, Will writes extensively on magic for trade and popular publications. Consultancy credits include Martin Scorsese's Hugo, the BBC's Wolf Hall, The Royal Opera House’s Katya Kabanova and The Almeida's The Twilight Zone. Will spends more time picking up cards than he would like to admit.

Steve Houghton-Burnett – business disruptor (#93)

Steve is a natural disruptor... If there was a BIG RED BUTTON that says "DON'T PRESS" he just wouldn't be able to help himself. He has an entrepreneurial background having started one of the first Internet Access Providers in the UK. He now spends his time speaking on the topics of Perceptive Leadership and Change and last year launched a scientifically and statistically robust Perception Assessment tool.

Adrian Teal – caricaturist (#92)

Adrian Teal is a caricaturist, cartoonist, illustrator and author, and has been fully freelance since 1996. He was head of 3D celebrity caricature design on the award-winning ITV show Big Heads, has worked for QI, and has been busy with another top secret TV caricature project. He has produced illustrations and political cartoons for national and international publications such as The Sunday Telegraph, Penthouse, The Scotsman, The Times, The Guardian, Time Out, The Sun, and The Daily Mail. Adrian is currently writing and illustrating a children’s book for Bloomsbury USA with his wife, Lindsey.

Stevyn Colgan – QI elf (#90)

Stevyn Colgan is an oddly-spelled Cornishman, the author of eight books and the co-writer of Saving Bletchley Park with Professor Sue Black OBE. He’s been a chef, a comics publisher, a monster maker, an artist, a university lecturer, a brewer and, for 30 years, a London police officer. He’s spoken at TED, the Ig Nobel Prizes, Latitude, Hay, Nudgestock and many other events. He’s been set on fire twice, kissed by a royal, been told to f*** off by a different royal and once let Freddie Mercury try his helmet on for size. Most recently, he spent 10 years as one of the ‘elves’ that research and write the multi award-winning BBC TV series QI, and he was on the writing team that won the Rose D’Or for Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity. He now concentrates on writing comedy novels, guesting on podcasts and radio shows, speaking at public events, and co-hosting (with Paul Waters) the writers’ podcast We’d Like A Word.

Sugata Mitra – education futurist (#89)

Sugata Mitra is an independent researcher, author and speaker. A Ph.D. in theoretical physics, he retired in 2019 as Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in England. His interests include Children’s Education, Remote Presence, Self-organising systems, Cognitive Systems, Complex Dynamical Systems, Physics and Consciousness. He received, among many global awards, the million-dollar TED Prize in 2013.

Prof David Novick – human-computer interaction (#88)

David Novick earned his JD from Harvard Law School and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Oregon. He joined the University of Texas at El Paso in 1999. His research interests center on human-computer interaction, with current emphasis on embodied conversational agents in virtual reality, color illusions, and engineering education. Along the way, David performed as a nightclub magician and mentalist, and taught skiing as a member of the PSIA. His current outside interest is coaching and performing improv comedy.

Jason Leddington – philosophy of magic (#87)

Jason is a Associate Professor of Philosophy & NEH Chair in the Humanities at ​Bucknell University. ​From 2019–2021 he is also a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at ​The Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp. His research has two main overlapping areas: (1) aesthetics & philosophy of art and (2) the philosophy of perception. Jason also has a substantial research interest in the epistemology of understanding.

Mat Ricardo – Gentleman Juggler (#86)

A key figure in the cabaret and variety revival, Mat has performed by Royal command on more than one occasion, headlined and hosted shows across the UK, and regularly appears further afield, including appearances in gala shows on stage and television the world over, and regular invitations to perform in such iconic venues as the Royal Albert Hall, The Savoy Hotel, and Hollywood's Magic Castle. His groundbreaking work merges verbal and physical comedy, storytelling, dance, and of course, his trademark spectacular feats of dexterity.

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