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The Trick - How Magicians Invented Invention
Sat 22 April 2017, 17:30 – 21:30 BST
Wanted: Trainee Mindreader Workshop and The Trick Show Saturday April 22 5.30pm - 9.30pm (with break)
The Trick Show only Saturday April 22 7.30pm - 9.30pm
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This event is for those aged 15+
About the show
“History seems to show us that the impossible is probably the most likely thing of all.”
– The Flame Alphabet, Ben Marcus
What do spiritualist séances, lie detection, Surrealism, and mathematically gifted pigs have in common?
Beginning with the previously untold stories of the early conjurers whose impossibilities shattered the status quo, The Trick asks, what can magic can tell us about the deceptions of the future?
In a world of Fake News and Alternative Facts, what does an Illusionist do?
In a future of Artificial Intelligence and Electronic Surveillance, what does mindreading even mean?
Stuart will be joined onstage by a group of trainee mindreaders who will have just learned their new skills earlier that day. They will be playing in the busy traffic between conscious thought, muscle action, and embodied imagination.
“Be reasonable, demand the IMPOSSIBLE.”
Wanted: Trainee Mindreaders.
Using techniques first used by Victorian performers and developed in collaboration with Cognovo and Pervasive Media Studio for his 2015 Venice Biennale show Season of Sleeps, Stuart will teach participants how to read each other’s minds. The new mindreaders will then decide together how best to incorporate their new skills into an evening performance with Stuart.
Workshop 5.30 Studio 2 Sir Patrick Stewart Building 5.30pm – 6.30pm (Max 30) (Must attend the 7.30 evening performance)
Stuart Nolan is a performer who combines traditional disciplines of deception with innovative technology. His current show, Season of Sleeps, premiered at the 2015 Venice Biennale. He is currently writing a non-fiction book, “The Trick: How Magicians Invented Invention”.
He is Magician in Residence at Pervasive Media Studio, a former NESTA Fellow in Applied Magic, and a consultant technologist and assessor for Innovate UK with specific expertise in Digital Media, Locative Media, Internet of Things, Wearables, Robotics, User Experience Design, and Film & TV Technology.
He once deceived over 700 organisations just to prove a point.
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Sir Patrick Stewart Building- Studio 2
The University of Huddersfield