Over the years, I’ve been able to combine my passion for science communication with my expertise designing and teaching university courses and my experiences performing as an entertainer. I’ve presented everywhere from grand old university lecture halls, to pubs, cruise ships, circus tents, libraries, and mausoleums.
I’m equally comfortable speaking to specialist academics or to more general audiences. My academic talks tend to focus on history of science and the psychology of illusion. My non-academic talks feature a mixture of storytelling and magical scientific demonstrations. I’m comfortable speaking on a variety of topics, and I‘m happy customize presentations or workshops to fit the needs of particular audiences.
A Selection of Past Talks
Smoke and Mirrors- I presented a series of short performances as part of the Wellcome Collections Psychology of Magic Exhibition.
Some Observations on Invisibility: What Can Illusions Teach Us About Human Cognition?- An invited talk delivered at St Edmund Hall, Oxford’s Centre for the Creative Brain
Seeing Through Magic- An invited talk delivered for The Very Essence of What We Are Neuroscience Symposium at Oxford University
Genuine Fake Miracles- An invited talk delivered for the Ashmolean Museum of Natural History’s Spellbound Exhibition
Science and Story Telling: A Tribute to Oliver Sacks- An invited lecture delivered at The Queen’s College Oxford as part fo the Oliver Sacks’ Memorial Lecture Series.
Methods from Madness: The Haunted History of Experimental Psychology- An lecture delivered in London for the Goldsmiths Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit Invited Speaker Series