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Originally published: 2014-06-12 10:32:21
Last modified: 2014-06-12 10:33:37

BRAHM Membership Coffee

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is brewing up something special for its members. 

BRAHM's first Membership Coffee of the 2014 season will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, June 13, in the Community Meeting Room of the museum. 

Friday's presentation is titled "Art in Magic/Magic in Art" and will feature special guest, local magician and museum member Bill Spooner. 

According to Spooner, the presentation takes audience members on a visual trip through time to examine the many facets of how art and magic are interwoven in mystery, politics, espionage, sculpture, advertising and classical and modern art. 

The journey is infused with demonstrations of the earliest known magic effect to modern day miracles, he said.

Spooner developed an interest in science and magic at an early age. As a teacher and researcher, he spent most of his career with the N.C. Department of Education in numerous roles, from a TV science teacher to director of science to director of instructional service. He held an adjunct appointment at N.C. State University and collaborated with East Carolina University and Japan on an international research project. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1993.

After retiring in 1997, he turned his focus to his avocation of magic. He has been a member of the world's largest magic organization, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, for 61 years. During that time, he served as international president in 1985 and international treasurer from 1990-95. For his service, he was elected an honorary member in 1993 and, in 2012, received the organization's highest recognition, the Medallion of Honor.

Spooner is a recognized author, publisher, magic historian, inventor, collector and international lecturer. He has received two trophies for the best articles of the year published in The Linking Ring magic journal. Three books and articles are currently in the works. Spooner was a publishing partner in 2010 for the book, "Del Ray, America's Foremost: The Magician for His Time."

Spooner has been an active member of BRAHM since its inception. He and his wife, LaRose, are founding members of BRAHM and current members of the Daingerfield Society of BRAHM.The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call (828) 295-9099, or visit BRAHM is located at 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock.