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Smoke and Mirrors Live Performances

Past
  • In-Gallery Performance
Photograph of a male magician holding up 2 playing cards in each hand, looking directly to camera. In the foreground are the backs of the heads of his audience. The magician is bathed in the pink and blue of the stage lighting.
Smoke and Mirrors magic show by Will Houstoun, Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

Discover the mechanics of magic and the way that trickery works in the Smoke and Mirrors gallery. These live performances explore perception, deception and the ‘supernatural’.

Each performance is repeated twice per day and three times per week. During performances, the gallery may be busier than usual.

Dates

Past

Events

    Tuesday 7 May 2019

    • In-Gallery Performance

    Performance by Professor Christopher French

    Gallery 1

    Explore explanations for paranormal phenomena with Professor Christopher French, Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths. You’ll encounter the cognitive biases that affect perception, memory, reasoning and other psychological processes, and reflect on how these biases make us human.
    Just turn up

    Thursday 9 May 2019

    • In-Gallery Performance

    Performance by Professor Christopher French

    Gallery 1

    Explore explanations for paranormal phenomena with Professor Christopher French, Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths. You’ll encounter the cognitive biases that affect perception, memory, reasoning and other psychological processes, and reflect on how these biases make us human.
    Just turn up

    Saturday 11 May 2019

    • In-Gallery Performance

    Performance by Professor Christopher French

    Gallery 1

    Explore explanations for paranormal phenomena with Professor Christopher French, Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths. You’ll encounter the cognitive biases that affect perception, memory, reasoning and other psychological processes, and reflect on how these biases make us human.
    Just turn up

    Tuesday 14 May 2019

    • In-Gallery Performance

    Performance by Dr Hugo Caffaratti

    Gallery 1

    Join engineer, neuroscientist and magician Dr Hugo Caffaratti to discover what the concepts and methods of the art of magic can tell us about our brains. You will see how our expectations shape our perceptions, and the way that our minds works mean that ‘seeing is believing’.
    Just turn up

    Thursday 16 May 2019

    • In-Gallery Performance

    Performance by Dr Hugo Caffaratti

    Gallery 1

    Join engineer, neuroscientist and magician Dr Hugo Caffaratti to discover what the concepts and methods of the art of magic can tell us about our brains. You will see how our expectations shape our perceptions, and the way that our minds works mean that ‘seeing is believing’.
    Just turn up

    Saturday 18 May 2019

    • In-Gallery Performance

    Performance by Dr Hugo Caffaratti

    Gallery 1

    Join engineer, neuroscientist and magician Dr Hugo Caffaratti to discover what the concepts and methods of the art of magic can tell us about our brains. You will see how our expectations shape our perceptions, and the way that our minds works mean that ‘seeing is believing’.
    Just turn up

    Tuesday 21 May 2019

    • In-Gallery Performance

    Performance by Steve Bagienski

    Gallery 1

    Experience the impossible with Steve Bagienski, a magician, scientist and psychologist who researches how we feel when we watch and learn to perform magic. You’ll watch conjuring tricks and experience fake mind-reading that will reveal how easy it is to believe in magic and pseudoscience.
    Just turn up

    Thursday 23 May 2019

    • In-Gallery Performance

    Performance by Steve Bagienski

    Gallery 1

    Experience the impossible with Steve Bagienski, a magician, scientist and psychologist who researches how we feel when we watch and learn to perform magic. You’ll watch conjuring tricks and experience fake mind-reading that will reveal how easy it is to believe in magic and pseudoscience.
    Just turn up

    Saturday 25 May 2019

    • In-Gallery Performance

    Performance by Steve Bagienski

    Gallery 1

    Experience the impossible with Steve Bagienski, a magician, scientist and psychologist who researches how we feel when we watch and learn to perform magic. You’ll watch conjuring tricks and experience fake mind-reading that will reveal how easy it is to believe in magic and pseudoscience.
    Just turn up