On behalf of the Science of Magic Association (SoMA), I am very happy to announce that the 2019 Science of Magic Conference will be taking place this summer in Chicago, IL on July 14-16. This conference will bring together academics, researchers and magicians from around the world and will feature top keynote speakers, presentations on recent research, a poster session, and a gala show. This year’s conference will be held at The Chicago Magic Lounge. The conference will be happening on Monday and Tuesday and will be preceded by a Gala Show on Sunday evening.
Our keynote speakers will include psychologists Professor Elizabeth Loftus and Professor Dan Simons, as well as the magician Mac King. We are also pleased to announce that Simon Aronson will be attending as our Guest of Honor.
You can find out more about the conference and the Science of Magic Association on our website: scienceofmagicassoc.org, and we will be updating conference details there. In the meantime, here's the most crucial information:
For a limited time, we are offering an early registration discount: $200USD for a two-day pass. Registration rates will be increasing after the February 1st (to $250USD).
We are also currently soliciting abstracts for talks and posters— We welcome presentations from across disciplines that are themed around rigorous research or theory directed toward understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of magic and illusion. We also invite submissions from practitioners who have applied principles of theatrical magic in unique settings. SoMA is an inclusive organization that welcomes members with diverse backgrounds including science and technology, humanities, practicing magicians, and individuals who are simply interested in science and magic. Detailed instructions on submitting can be found here: scienceofmagicassoc.org/submissions. The deadline for the abstract submission is the 1st of Feb 2019.
Please feel free to email me directly if you require more information.
Dr. Matt Tompkins
On Behalf of the SoMA Committee