Is it magic? Is it science? Or a bit of both?

Posted by mjs76 at May 25, 2010 05:21 PM |
Arthur C Clarke once said: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” A public lecture on 1 June will tread similar ground.

Magician and ‘self-confessed science fan’ Phill Smith will present The Physics of Magic, the Magic of Physics as the latest in a series of public lectures organised by the Leicester Physics Centre, part of our Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The first half of the talk will show how science is used as the basis for classic magic tricks, and the second half will demonstrate how current advances in physics are approaching what we might consider magic. Which brings us back to Clarke’s Law, above.

Smith has been performing magic professionally for a number of years as well as devising tricks for other performers and writing specialist books. He says:

Magic is the art of exploiting hidden knowledge to enact the impossible. Physics is the science of studying and quantifying the possible. A solid knowledge of physics can help with the mechanisms and hidden concepts that underpin much of magic.”

The lecture is in the Bennett Building, Lecture Theatre 1, at 6.30pm on Tuesday 1 June. All are welcome.