The Trick – How Magicians Invented Invention

The Trick – How Magicians Invented Invention – 22nd April 2017
Curated and performed by Stuart Nolan

Free Event – Tickets here;

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 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.”

About Stuart

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.