Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Magic, the Paranormal and the Complicity of the Mind

7.45pm Tuesday 2 April 2019
8pm (doors 7.45pm)
£5 / £2 concessions  (Advance tickets
The Miller, 96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS
Tube and Rail: London Bridge
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Professional magician-turned experimental psychologist Dr. Matthew L. Tompkins investigates the arts of deception as practiced and popularized by mesmerists, magicians, and psychics throughout history. 

Matt, the author of The Spectacle of Illusion: Magic, the paranormal and the complicity of the mind, will discuss how illusions perpetuated by magicians and fraudulent mystics can not only deceive our senses but also teach us about the inner workings of our minds. And how modern scientists are increasingly turning to magic as tool for exploring human perception, memory, and belief. 

Join Matt as he mixes historical stories with magical scientific demonstrations to reveal how our everyday cognitive processes can be much weirder than we imagine - and how complicit our own minds can be in the success of illusions. This talk will feature true stories of ghost rapping, mind reading, lethal autopsies, full-body-cavity ghost hunts, death defying stunts, and death…obeying stunts (i.e., stunts where the performers accidentally died for real, so literally the opposite of 'death defying’). 

7.45pm Tuesday 2 April 2019
8pm (doors 7.45pm)
£5 / £2 concessions  (Advance tickets
The Miller, 96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS
Tube and Rail: London Bridge
Facebook page

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