in the air on a floating chair! Have famous mentalist Max
Maven read your mind! Can your head live without your body?
It can at the California Science Center's blockbuster exhibit,
Magic: The Science of Illusion.
This special exhibit explores the art and science of entertainment
magic in a whole new way.
is a magic exhibit doing in a science center?
On first glance, magic and science seem to be oppositesone
seeks to explain, the other to mystify. Yet they're more alike
than you might think. Through magic, we rekindle our childhood
fascination with what we see and with what could beif
birds can fly, why can't we? That same wonder of the world
excites many scientists in their pursuits. The Science Center's
mission is to inspire everyone to appreciate that wonder and
beauty as they explore the world around them. To that end,
we present Magic: The Science of
exhibit began in 1996 as we explored topics for a major traveling
exhibit. What interested us most in a magic exhibit was the
possibility to connect magic's huge popularity to science
learning. We then enlisted the help of advisors from the magic
community as well as educators and scientists to balance the
need to present important science concepts with magicians'
natural concern for secrecy.
we've developed is a balancing act. The exhibit features the
art and science of historical illusions, or of illusions custom-made
for us and not used by working magicians. We present the science
backstage as simply one way to create the illusion. Just when
visitors think they have it all figured out, they see video
of comparable illusions done by other methods and left unexplained.
We nurture the wonder and awe of magic while stimulating enthusiasm
The Science of Illusion focuses on four main illusionsmind
and the disembodied
head. In this unique exhibit, see original video presentations
by professional magicians Penn
& Teller, Goldfinger
& Dove, Max
Maven, and Jade.
Then go backstage to put yourself in the illusion and experiment
with hands-on science activities. See real artifacts and photographs
as you're captivated by tales of famous magicians from the
past. Learn some close-up magic to take home, and see a live
magic show. Find out how basic science, math, psychology,
culture and the art of performance come together in creating
a successful illusion.
to Magic: The Science of Illusion,
and learn that magic is more than a simple trick!