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The Illusion of Psychic Powers

Magicians have confounded intelligent observers since before the birth of science; they continue to do so today despite revolutionary changes in science and technology. In his lecture and demonstration on The Illusion of Psychic Powers, magician Jamy Ian Swiss

·  Reviews the history of parapsychology

·  Addresses the difference between those who use magic to entertain and those who claim to have paranormal powers

·  Describes the basic principles used by both magicians and self-styled "psychics"

·  Demonstrates how these techniques can be used to deceive the public and scientific community alike

By combining his unique expertise in deception with compelling presentations of apparent mind-reading and other psychic phenomena, he dramatically challenges such academic preconceptions as the suggestion that mere innate intelligence and/or formal education can serve as adequate protection against fraud; illustrates how and why scientists have so often become the defenseless targets of fakery; and demonstrates why the conjuror's specialized expertise in deception is the only adequate defense against such charlatanism.

 About the speaker:

An acclaimed master of the challenging art of sleight of hand, Jamy Ian Swiss has performed magic throughout the United States for presenters ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the Smithsonian Institution. He has lectured to magicians in 13 countries and made numerous television appearances in the United States, Europe and Japan, including U.S. appearances on CBS 48 Hours, PBS Nova and the PBS documentary The Art of Magic, and Comedy Central.

About this SDARI Event:

Please note that this will take place in a different location than our usual monthly SDARI meeting to accommodate the anticipated large audience and the growing size of SDARI meetings. It is requested that all who plan to attend register to maintain an accurate attendance count.

This event is free, but donations are appreciated. SDARI, as a non-profit organization, sponsors many speakers throughout the year as well as prizes in the Greater San Diego Science Fair. Your donation will make a difference in the programming we are able to offer and to the young skeptics participating in the science fair.

We’ll be meeting at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego in Hillcrest. The address is 4190 Front Street. The best address for GPS directions is 298 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103.


There is some street parking available in the vicinity of the UU. There is also a pay lot next to the UU (Ace Parking, $5 fee). Please reach out to the host if you have any questions about how to get to the event or need any accommodations to participate.


- From Washington Street, turn north on 1st Avenue.
- Turn left on West Arbor, drive across Front Street.
- The church parking lot (run by Ace Parking) is on the left and directly opposite the main entrance to the UCSD Medical Center main entrance.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I liked the talk, but it was more entertaining rather than informational. There should have been some time available for Q&A.

    March 24, 2014

  • El

    High energy, fascinating. Loved show.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Tiffany M.

    I will be coming from the Pacific Beach area, if anyone needs a ride!

    March 20, 2014

  • jenelle k.

    I thought i could make this event but according to the public transit schedules there is no way i will be able to home before the last bus. But i will keep my eye on events that are scheduled earlier on the weekends and attend the next available event. There is a north county event in another group two miles from my house so maybe i can attend that this weekend. I hope someone posts some pictures.

    March 20, 2014

  • Mike

    I can help. I'm in Vista

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • Ann

      Thank you!

      March 12, 2014

  • Ann

    Hello! There are a couple of members who would like to attend but are without transportation from North County. If anyone can provide transportation to or from Oceanside / Vista, please send me a note.

    March 10, 2014

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