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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.
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’).
The use of police super-recognisers in London has vastly increased suspect identification rates from CCTV in recent years. They perform exceptionally highly at familiar and unfamiliar face recognition, simultaneous face matching and spotting target faces in videos of large crowds. Non-police super-recognisers are also superior to most people at long-term face recognition, even when faces are heavily disguised. Psychologist Dr Josh P Davis of the University of Greenwich explores his research on these very rare individuals and his work with the police and courts 7.45pm Thursday 28 March 2019 £4 / £2 (Advance tickets) The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX. Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
Tuesday 19 March 2019 8pm (doors 7.45pm) £5 / £2 concessions Tickets on the door. The Miller, 96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS Tube & Rail: London Bridge Facebook page
Early medical journals contain numerous cases which appear inexplicable to modern science. One Victorian patient apparently had an entire family of slugs living in her stomach; another started to emit urine from her eyes, ears and even her navel. Thomas Morris examines some of the strangest tales ever reported in the medical literature, from exploding teeth to the world's first amphibious baby. Thomas is a writer based in London. He as worked as a radio producer for the BBC for 17 years, making programmes including Front Row, The Film Programme, Open Book and
Night Waves – and spent five years at Radio 4 as producer of Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time. In early 2015 he left the BBC to write full-time. His journalism has appeared in publications including The Lancet, The Times, the Financial Times and The Cricketer. Tuesday 19 March 2019 8pm (doors 7.45pm) £5 / £2 concessions Tickets on the door The Miller, 96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS Tube & Rail: London Bridge Facebook page
7.45pm Thursday 28 February 2019 £4 / £2 concessions (Advance tickets) The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX. Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
The Vampire has fascinated Western Europe from the early 1700s, but the tradition was a real part of Eastern European lives for a considerable time before that. The archetype has been taken up by art of all kinds, but what is the authentic history behind the tales of the predatory, living dead? Deborah Hyde, editor of The Skeptic, looks at recent attempts to understand the folklore and tries to work out how an eastern European ritual made its way to late 19th-century New England. 7.45pm Thursday 28 February 2019 £4 / £2 concessions (Advance tickets) The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX. Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East