Science Singles Social - The Psychology of Card Magic

The Atlanta Science Tavern
The Atlanta Science Tavern
Public group

The North Avenue Room at Manuel's Tavern

602 N. Highland Avenue, NE · Atlanta, GA

How to find us

As you enter Manuel's from N. Highland, go to your right and all the way through the back bar dining area . You'll see the door to the North Avenue Room straight ahead.

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- Unlike some of our past socials, this is an all (adult) ages event.
- The initial attendee limit of 10 for this event will grow to a maximum of 40, so go ahead and sign up for the wait list if you're interested.
- The meetup host, Kathleen Maloney, will add people from the waitlist to try to balance the number women and men attending.
- Please take your RSVPs seriously. We will be keeping track of no-shows and they may be excluded from participation in similar future events.

The Psychology of Card Magic: How magicians use human psychology to deceive you

As much as many magicians would like you to believe that they have supernatural powers, that’s simply not the case - to the best of our knowledge, at least. Magicians use weaknesses in human perception, expectations, attention, memory and more to create illusions.

In this presentation, Lauren Margulieux will explain some of the basic psychological principles frequently used by magicians and Dar-Wei Chen will demonstrate how these principles can be applied in card magic. Please join in if you're interested in learning something about the human mind, finding out a few easy tricks that you can show off to your friends or if you just want to see some magic.

About our presenters

Dar-Wei Chen is a third-year doctoral student at Georgia Tech where he works in the Problem Solving and Educational Technology (PSET) Lab. When he’s not trying to impress Lauren with new card tricks, he researches topics in learning such as multimedia interactivity and metacognition. Before coming to Georgia Tech, Dar-Wei graduated from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) with a degree in industrial engineering and a minor concentration in clarinet performance.

Lauren Margulieux is a fourth-year doctoral student at Georgia Tech where she also works in the PSET Lab. When she’s not figuring out Dar-Wei’s card tricks, she conducts research on instructional design and courses that are part face-to-face and part online. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys playing computer games, cooking, and traveling (when she has the money for it).