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The Illusion of Psychic Powers

Join us for a very special SDARI monthly lecture! 

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 parcipating 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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  • Sebastian

    It was funny when he said astrology was BS. Every astrology believer was offended. I didn't believe he was deducing what the people were thinking. Some of them were planted.

    March 25, 2014

    • Melanie S.

      also I don't think there are many in that group that believe in astrology, we believe in logic

      1 · March 25, 2014

    • Ann

      The astrology believers were offended? GOOD. They should be. Astrology is complete and total bullshit. If you would like to argue otherwise, please submit your proposal to JREF and claim your million dollars at TAM this year.

      6 · March 26, 2014

  • Iris

    Right on target for the connection between magicians and skepticism! If any of you want your kids to learn about critical thinking through magic this summer, let me know. ...Jamy was surprisingly unimpressed by the Sleights of Mind book, though. Will have to find out why.

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • Tom M


    March 24, 2014

  • Debbie

    Regret I was too sick to attend. Jamy is a great teacher and illusionist.

    1 · March 24, 2014

    • Ann

      We missed you Debbie, but please feel better!

      1 · March 24, 2014

  • Noel H.

    Excellent. The lectures are expanding. my mind. I feel at home.

    March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was very entertaining. It kinda made me realize how much more important it is to be a skeptic above being a humanist and even an atheist. I'm glad I went!

    March 23, 2014

  • Sebastian

    will Jamy Ian Swiss be doing magic?

    1 · March 23, 2014

    • Melanie S.

      yes he did, he was amazing!

      March 23, 2014

  • NancY

    RATS! ANother one I'm going to miss!

    March 6, 2014

    • Ann

      Oh, Nancy, We'd love to have you, but flight travel is hectic enough!

      March 10, 2014

    • NancY

      Made it! See you there!

      March 23, 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

  • Melanie S.

    This should be a great night!

    1 · March 5, 2014

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