Had a great day at Dartington playing the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carrolls ‘Alice’ books at McMillan Publishing’s official celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of the books.
I did walk round magic during the day and a magic show plus the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the marquee which was fantastically decorated for the occasion .
Many thanks to Alice, the Queen of Hearts and all the staff for their brilliant support.
Incidentally, the phrase “mad as a hatter” was in use 30 years prior to the publication of Carroll’s novels, and is associated with industrial felt hat workers in 19th-century England. To make felt, hatters used mercury to separate fur from the skin of small animals in a process called carroting. Mercury poisoning was common among hatters and included such symptoms as tremors, irritability and mental instability.