Magic Worlds

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Magic Worlds
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‘Dragon’, children's poster by Wayne Anderson, England 1974
This exhibition delves into the realms of fantasy and enchantment, exploring the ways in which magic has been embraced around the world for thousands of years – from the tales of the Brothers Grimm to the 'Harry Potter' books. On display are costumes, tricks and illusions, film props and merchandise, optical toys, magic lanterns and games based around magic, ceramics, books and artworks, interactives and hands-on activities, arranged according to themes including 'Historical Illusion' and 'Fairies and Enchantment'. Among the varied highlights are Sooty and his wand, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths's 'Cottingley fairy photographs' and Tommy Cooper's card-picking 'Educated Duck'.

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