Ideomotor Responses, Uncommon Coding, Wobbly Interfaces, and Mind Reading Birds.


Saturday 5th April – 10.00-4.00

Ideomotor Responses, Uncommon Coding, Wobbly Interfaces, and Mind Reading Birds

From early Roman divination, Victorian spirit theatre and dowsing to mindreading, Ouija boards and the sexing of chickens, the Ideomotor Response has played an important role in ritual and performance. Current cognitive science is now revealing the fundamental role Ideomotor Responses play in learning, communication, and physical development.

This day-long workshop builds on the history and science of the Ideomotor Response to explore new approaches to performance, physical interaction, game design, and the development of new technologies for interaction.

To say this is a hand-on workshop would be a massive understatement. Please come ready to experiment, to play, to succeed, to fail, to wobble and to resonate.

Stuart Nolan is a Magician in Residence at Pervasive Media Studio and The University of Bristol Computer Science Department where he develops friendly mindreading robots ( IdeoBird and OuijaBird were recently featured on the BBC Click Christmas Special ( and The Guardian (

As a former NESTA Fellow in Applied Magic he is credited with bringing the study of deception out of the lab and into the everyday world. He combines his skills in traditional disciplines of deception with original research into how we are deceived by language and physical gesture. He recently deceived over 700 organisations just to prove a point ( Stuart spent the summer of 2012 performing in a travelling Boxing Booth throughout the fairs and country shows of the North of England and exhibiting The Strange Thing. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Performance Magic (

Although aimed at performers, this interdisciplinary workshop will be of interest to artists, designers, psychologists, educators, scientists, and anyone interested in the application of Ideomotor Response.

This is a free event and places are limited, reserve your place at

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