Ian Keable obtained a first-class degree from the University of Oxford in philosophy, politics and economics, qualified as a chartered accountant and then became a professional magician. A member of The Magic Circle with gold star, he has won several awards for his unique brand of comedy magic and is the author of three books for the general public as well as three works for professionals including Stand-Up: A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic and Charles Dickens Magician: Conjuring in Life, Letters and Literature. He has made numerous appearances on television including ‘New Faces’, the predecessor to ‘Britain's Got Talent’, and has written and presented programmes for BBC Radio. An accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, he gives talks on cartoons, satirical prints and eighteenth-century hoaxes. He still performs as a magician at corporate events and private parties and also does a show about Dickens's interest in conjuring and spiritualism. He is married with two children and lives in London.