Tue Jul 30 (Hour 2-3) – Dr. Matt Tompkins – The Spectacle of Illusion

Tonight we examine, The Spectacle of Illusion. Join us with special guest, Dr. Matt Tompkins as he explores the historical and contemporary relationships between scientists, magicians, and fraudulent mystics.


American magician-turned-psychologist Dr. Matthew L. Tompkins completed his DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Previously, he had obtained a BA in Psychology at the State University of New York at Geneseo and an MSc in Psychological Research from Oxford. He is currently a Visiting Academic at The Queen’s College, Oxford and also works as a freelance writer. His research, which has been featured across various international media outlets, including the Washington Post and BBC Future, focuses on the cognitive psychology of illusions. Matt was working as professional magician before he began his academic career, and his experiences performing continue to influence his work. He is the first member of The Magic Circle to have been admitted on the basis of a peer-reviewed scientific publication.

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