The December meeting of the Headley Society welcomed John Field, an associate member of the Inner Magic Circle.
He entertained, amused and amazed the audience with stories about the history of magic, telling them of scams to be avoided and showing off his sleight of hand with a few tricks.
The scams, which are usually to be found in the marketplaces of the world, include three walnut shells and a pea, plus a three-card trick.
Mr Field warned people to avoid these at all costs, as there would be only one winner and it would not be them.
With the help of the audience, he performed a number of tricks, leaving them laughing, mystified and touched with a little bit of magic.
Afterwards members stayed to enjoy a glass of wine, mince pies and a long chat.
The next meeting of the Headley Society will be the 12th Night Feast at Headley Village Hall on January 6.
There will be a three-course supper, entertainment from Steve and Keith, a raffle and a quiz.
For tickets, priced £12, visit Headley Fine Foods in High Street, Headley, call Linda on 01428 715376, or email the Headley Society at email@example.com.