Renowned Magician & Mentalist to Perform in Grand Rapids - February 27th

From: Jennifer B.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 12:57 PM

Thought this event might be of interest to all you “Thinkers”!


See Below for Details.  I’m helping organize this event so if you have questions let me know.



Jennifer Beahan

Assistant Director

Center for Inquiry | Michigan


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This Saturday (Feb. 27) Center for Inquiry Michigan is pleased to host two masters of magic at Wealthy Theatre as they explore the connections between magic and skepticism in an entertaining and enlightening day-long workshop and evening presentation. Featured at this special event are Jamy Ian Swiss and D.J. Grothe who will astonish, mystify and challenge their audience.


In Heavy Mental you will witness an amazing performance of baffling, unnerving, "mind reading" phenomena - accomplished with pure psychology, subtle influence, deft illusion, uncanny intuition, and a healthy dose of downright deception - what Jamy calls "sleight of mind."


There will be a workshop on "Science Magic and Skepticism: A Natural Relationship" from 1 PM to 5 PM, a reception from 5 PM to 6 PM and the Heavy Mental Show from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM. All of the events will be at Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St., Grand Rapids.


The cost for the workshop is $35 and $20 for students. The cost of the reception is $30 and $12 for students. The cost of the evening performance is $10 to the public, $5 for students.


Visit for details and to purchase tickets.


About the Presenters:


Jamy Ian Swiss is a gifted sleight-of-hand artist who possesses, according to the Washington Post, "a finely tuned sense of the absurd." His greatest passion is sleight-of-hand magic, and there are few practitioners who can match his skill and enthusiasm. has made numerous television appearances in the United States, Europe and Japan, including CBS 48 Hours, PBS Nova and the PBS documentary The Art of Magic. He has appeared on Comedy Central. In addition, he works as a comedy writer and chief magic consultant for Penn and Teller. Swiss is the author of 11 books and monographs of magic for magicians.


D.J. Grothe is President of the James Randi Educational Foundation and hosts the new JREF podcast, For Good Reason. Grothe lectures and debates frequently on topics surrounding science and belief at colleges and universities throughout the country. Grothe is a "mind-reader" and magician who studies the processes of deception and self-deception and focuses on the powers of the mind, parapsychology and the challenge that skeptics bring to paranormal claims.


For more information, contact Jennifer Beahan at [masked]-2342.




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