Science, Magic & Skepticism: A Natural Relationship

This post is really only going to be of intrest to those in the Washington DC area (or those willing to travel), but as I found out this week, there are at least a few people out there who occasionally visit my blog, but are not aware of upcoming events in the DC area… So with that in mind, I tohught I would take the opportunity to “pimp” this upcoming event being put on by CFI (Center For Inquiry) and NCAS (National Capitol Area Skeptics)…

Tickets are now on sale. Check out the registration page:

Science, Magic & Skepticism: A Natural Relationship + HEAVY MENTAL
Location:   American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005




Date:   10/24/2009 from 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm (Eastern Time)
Hosted By:   Center for Inquiry DC (CFI) and National Capital Area Skeptics (NCAS) 202-546-2332
RSVP by:   October 24, 2009 at 12:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Jamy Ian Swiss

World-renowned magician and mentalist is coming to D.C. for two special events!

Saturday, October 24 at AAAS Auditorium



1:00-5:30 PM – Science, Magic, and Skepticism: A Natural Relationship
Workshop/Lectures & Demonstrations

Using discussion and demonstration, we’ll explore the connection between magic and skepticism.  Joining Jamy will be D.J. Grothe, magician, skeptic, and host of Point of Inquiry, CFI’s radio show and podcast, and D.C.’s own Chip Denman, a founder of the National Capital Area Skeptics.

  • D.J. Grothe, The History of Magic in Skepticism
  • Chip Denman, If the Spirit is Willing:  Séance mediums and the scientists who investigated them
  • Jamy Ian Swiss, The Illusion of Psychic Powers
  • Q&A on Magic, Skepticism, Science, and Reason – with Swiss, Grothe, and Denman.


Witness an amazing performance of baffling, unnerving, “mind reading” phenomena – accomplished with pure psycology, subtle influence, deft illusion, uncanny intuition, and a healthy dose of downright deception – what Jamy calls “sleight of mind.” See for yourself how five ordinary senses can convince you that somehow, some way — there must be a sixth!

Workshop:  $35 ($30 for CFI and NCAS members and $15 for students)
HEAVY MENTAL Show:  $20 ($15 for CFI and NCAS members and $10 for students)
Workshop & HEAVY MENTAL Show Package: $50 ($40 for CFI and NCAS members and $20 for students)

SPECIAL NOTE: The HEAVY MENTAL show is not recommended for children under 12 and no one under 8 will be admitted.

These events are sponsored by the Center for Inquiry DC and the National Capital Area Skeptics.  For more information, please call (202)546-2332 or email


About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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2 Responses to Science, Magic & Skepticism: A Natural Relationship

  1. sherry says:

    finally! a site i can relate to thats actually local! i must keep my eye on you!

  2. Anonymous says:

    great…just what I have been looking for

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