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The Neuroscience of Magic - Science Talk, Sept 4

From ancient conjurers to quick-handed con artists to big ticket Las Vegas illusionists, magicians throughout the ages have been expertly manipulating human attention and perception to dazzle and delight us (or scare us, or steal our watches). Of course you know that the phenomena of cognitive and sensory illusions are responsible for the "magic" of a magic trick, but you've got to admit it still kind of freaks you out when some some guy in a top hat defies the laws of nature right in front of your eyes. Come meet neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and magician Robert Strong as they team up to demonstrate how magicians use our brains as their accomplices in effecting the impossible — and to explain what scientists can learn about the brain by studying the methods and techniques of magic. This event is presented in partnership with Ask a Scientist SF.

Our venue is as exciting as our topic. Surrounded by a diverse convoy of gourmet food trucks, we will gather in the enclosed heart of Streat Food Park.

TITLE: The Neuroscience of Magic

SPEAKER: Adam Gazzaley, UCSF Neuroscientist; and Robert Strong, the Comedy Magician

WHEN: 7:00 PM, Wednesday, Sept 4, 2013; but arrive early to explore our venue!

WHERE: in the enclosed heart of SoMa StrEat Food Park,[masked]th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

HOW: A production of Wonderfest and Ask a Scientist

WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures


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  • Eric

    How many people got their watches stolen by that guy?

    BTW, join us for the Contagion Movie and Science Talk on Sept 21 and maybe we'll infect you too.

    September 5, 2013

  • Nichole S.

    So glad I made it. Entertaining, intelligent and mentally constructive.

    1 · September 4, 2013

    • Eric

      Good meeting you, Nichole.

      September 5, 2013

  • Mike

    Normally I'd be wanting more substantive science from such a talk, but it was all so entertaining!
    Hey Laura, can we have the other digits of your Social Security number? For, uh... research. :-)

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Eric

    Please consider arriving early for good seats. We are expecting to pack the house. Not only for seating, though; you will want to explore and sample the gourmet food.

    September 3, 2013

  • Eric

    Would you be interested in snapping some photos for us?

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It bothers met that the date is wrong in the text.

    1 · August 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks. Sept 4th is a Wednesday, if you feel like updating it again, but I'm less bothered now so its up to you.

      August 27, 2013

    • Eric


      August 27, 2013

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