Latest News & Appearances

February 23, 2010

March 24: San Diego Science Festival March 29 – April 4: Magic Castle Parlour (new dates!) April 17: Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS) in NYC April 18: Monday Night Magic April 19: Magical Nights at Feinsteins in the Loews Regence May 13: San Francisco City Arts & Letters with Adam Savage

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Empathy: A Job Skill

February 6, 2010

I have been doing corporate speaking engagements for quite some years, using what I call “Magical Metaphors” that utilize magic in original ways to visually and memorably illustrate principles of, for example, creativity, brainstorming, risk management and more. (You can find out more about this work on my website.) In recent years I have created […]

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EG: The Entertainment Gathering

January 26, 2010

You’ve probably never been to a conference quite like The EG, aka, the Entertainment Gathering, unless perhaps you were around in the early days of TED, before it became a phenomenon too big for Monterey, and that seats a secondary group of attendees in a video screening room. The two conferences do have some things […]

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A party for Angels and Ages

March 30, 2009

What a treat! Recently I was invited to attend a dinner party celebrating the release of Adam Gopnik’s new book, Angels and Ages, a superb read about Lincoln and Darwin. The gathering was held at the Manhattan home of Tina Brown (now of The Daily Beast, and former editor of Vanity Fair and The New […]

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January performance dates

January 16, 2009

See me in January on either coast (or both!): Monday, January 19: Close-up magic at Monday Night Magic, New York’s longest-running Off-Broadway magic show Sunday, January 25: Headlining in Magical Nights at Feinstein’s in the Loew’s Regency Hotel on Park Avenue. (Jamy will also be MCing the show on Sunday, January 18.) Friday & Saturday, […]

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Dancing with Matts

January 6, 2009

Another delight of the EG conference (see below) was the hilariously deadpan Matt Harding, star of the youtube phenomenon, “Where the Hell is Matt?”, which to date has scored something like 14 million (MILLION!) hits. In his talk at the EG, Matt described his legendary project as “unselfconscious, uncoordinated silliness,” and in this very brief […]

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My latest magic book is on the shelves – in Japan!

January 6, 2009

I have a new book of magic that has just been released in Japan – actually the second such work I’ve had published there.  This one is by a major publisher who has a number of sophisticated magic books, intended for magicians, but that are sold through major retail book outlets.  The book is paperback, […]

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THE EG: The Entertainment Gathering

January 1, 2009

December 11 – 13, I made a return appearance to the EG conference, this year held in Monterey.  Founded by TED creator Richard Saul Wurman, EG is very much in the tradition of the early days of TED – 20-minute talks, big ideas, the movers and shakers in the audience as impressive and influential as […]

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Pittsburgh and the Press

November 4, 2008

We had two newspaper stories in Pittsburgh about our CFI program, “Magic, Science, and Skepticsm,” and about my show at the Carnegie Science Center. Here’s a nice piece in the Post-Gazette, and there was another in the Tribune-Review.

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Carnegie Science Center – Pittsburgh

October 29, 2008

Saturday evening, November 1st, I will be performing “Heavy Mental” at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. The show is open to the public. The show caps a full-day program, sponsored by the Center for Inquiry, entitled “Magic, Science, & Skepticism: A Natural Relationship.” During the day I will present my critical thinking lecture/demonstration, “The […]

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