Magician to share history of magic
Oswego Heritage Council will present its First Wednesday lecture April 3 at Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St., Lake Oswego. Guest speaker will be David Charvet, a magician who happens to love history. He will share the history of his craft during his presentation.
Charvert first became interested in magic at age seven through books in his school library and a children's magic set. A few years later he saw a performance by Harvey Long, a magician based in Seattle, and was introduced to Long's Junior Magicians Club, which met bi-weekly in the basement theater in Long's home. Charvet recalls that Long and his wife, Maxine, never taught the club members tricks, but helped them perfect their own magic tricks through showmanship and presentation.
Charvet became a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in 1977.
Long had toured with Jack Gwynne, an American illusionist, actor and creator of original magic. Long shared first-hand stories of Gwynne and his "Royal Family of Magic," which inspired Charvet to write "Jack Gwynne: The Man, His Mind and His Royal Family of Magic" in 1986. Charvet learned enough about Gwynne to recreate his vaudeville act and featured it at the 1990 IBM Convention in St. Louis.
Charvet opened Charvet Studios with Mark Evans in 1995, a shop that created and recreated props for magicians.
In 2006, he debuted his classic illusion show, "Magicadabra," taking the name from Harvey Long's show of the 1970s.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. It is free and open to all.