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Carthage professor to host international magic conference in Chicago

  • Professor Anthony Barnhart
July 10, 2019

Have you ever wondered how a magic trick is done? Well, Carthage psychological science professor Anthony Barnhart may have the answer for you. He’ll be hosting the Science of Magic Association (SoMA) conference July 14-16 in Chicago. Six Carthage students will attend the conference to present their research.

“The conference brings together academics and magicians who have an interest in building bridges between their communities,” said Prof. Barnhart, an award-winning magician with more than 20 years of performance experience. He is chairing this year’s conference.

Founded in 2017, SoMA is an international organization that focuses on the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of magic. SoMA aims to show magicians how science can benefit magic. Building on the foundation established at the inaugural conference in London two years ago, this biennial conference looks to provide more opportunities to identify shared interests between magicians and academics.

The six Carthage students presenting their research at the conference are:

  • Dillon Krupa ’20
  • Alyssa Ruediger ’20
  • Lexington Fitzpatrick ’21
  • Olivia Krahn-Bockhop ’20
  • Matt Schuler ’20
  • Jaime Utter ’21

“I’m looking forward to being able to show our work to a larger audience with similar research interests,” said Alyssa, a psychology major from Racine, Wisconsin. Her group will present research on symmetry in magic.

The Science of Magic Conference“I also believe this particular conference is quite unique in that it combines two unique populations — scientists and magicians — and I know that this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Keynote speakers and performers include renowned Chicago card magician Simon Aronson, University of Illinois Psychology Professor Daniel Simons, University of California-Irvine Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Loftus, and acclaimed comedy magician Mac King, who has been performing at Harrah’s Casino & Hotel Las Vegas for the last 18 years, in addition to having several NBC specials.

 

There will also be a gala show that is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14.

For more information visit: www.scienceofmagicassociation.org.