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Monday 23 October 2017

When Magic and Science Collide - Reviews

Minds were manipulated in Bowness recently when Arts Out West staged its latest show at the Lindow Hall. Oliver Meech, comedian, scientist and magician, presented an entertainment for all the family described as ‘a comedy-magic show for the QI generation’ - a fun-filled fusion of magic, mirth and mind-reading.
Oliver studied psychology at Oxford; creativity at top London ad agencies and trickery at the Magic Circle and here’s what four young cousins who saw the show thought of him:

‘Oliver is extremely tall with the longest legs in the world, and great at magic. He is NEVER distracted and great at blowing minds and entertainment and everybody wants to help him in his tricks. I think he is great at presenting his speech. I loved it when he read my mind and played tricks on the audience. I LOVED every minute and can’t wait for the next show.’ 
Charlie Harrison aged 9

‘Oliver Meech, who is tall and has long legs, mixed magic and science into a great show. He mainly used playing cards but had other props, like a plastic brain. The audience shouted, clapped and found the show fascinating and interesting. The smaller children especially got very excited and the show is good for all ages and gets everyone involved. Oliver Meech is very skilled and makes everything he does look like real magic. I would recommend this as a show for the whole family to go and watch together.’
Megan Irving aged 12

‘Oliver Meech is a magician who uses science in his tricks. He did card tricks, and used paper and robots to show how your brain can get confused. The highlights were when he guessed what cards people had in their hands and it was also good at the end when he had a machine which made the food he wanted it to make. It was a show worth going to see and I really enjoyed it.’
Alf Fosker aged 12

‘Oliver Meech is a gifted magician who does a brilliant job of combining science and magic, from showing how your brain gets confused by colour and words to weird and wonderful machines like the one that magically made food. Children and adults were laughing throughout his performance. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to all age groups.
Jake Fosker aged 14


Saturday 14 January 2017

The Lindow Hall

The Hall itself was built in 1910 with funds contributed by local farmers and businessmen.
During the last century the separate front rooms with toilets were joined together with the main hall in one building and a side entrance constructed to give access directly into the main hall.
In preparation for the centenary in 2010 the hall received major upgrades to rectify structural defects and enable the hall to comply with modern legislation. This has subsequently been improved on again in 2013-14 to meet accommodation and planning requirements with carpets added to the kitchen/small meeting room plus the upstairs sleeping area.
Grant money for this most recent work has been received from the National Lottery: Save Our Village fund, Cumbria Waste Management, Hatfield Trust and others.
Toilet facilities are now available to walkers and visitors free of charge thanks to cleaning grants from the local Allerdale District Council and Bowness Parish.