A Hocus Pocus Minded Comic

Wiseman Hocus Pocus

Just out: A new psychic comic magazine by Prof. Richard Wiseman and friends. On 28 pages, issue #1 of “Hocus Pocus” features stories about Washington Irving Bishop, the cataleptic mentalist, J.B. Rhine investigating a psychic horse and Alexander, The Crystal Seer spilling his beans to two Laurel and Hardy type FBI investigators.

For magicians and mystics, the magazine contains some simple, but fun interactive features. Stories and texts are enlightening and often tongue-in-cheek (“Who is ‘Alexander’?… Man, who knows!?”). The best thing for you pennypinchers: While you can order a print version for £6,99 in the UK, you can download a free PDF version here.

Issue #2 is already in the making. I enjoyed this first, quirky ride and learned some interesting bits along the way. Have fun with it, too!


 

A Conference on Magic and Happiness

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The SOMA has just announced a new symposium on the “Science of Magic, Wellbeing & Happiness,” which will take place on April 4th, 2020, at Goldsmiths University of London.

As they write,

The symposium focuses on how the impossible art of magic can enhance social, psychological, and physical wellbeing.

Not only will you learn about the scientific evidence, but you’ll also gain perspectives from experts who run wellbeing-focused magic organizations in healthcare, as charities, and more.  It will be a great opportunity to connect with others in this field and explore further research avenues together.

Organized by Steve Bagienski and Gustav Kuhn, the line-up of speakers will bring together academic researchers of magic like Richard Wiseman with representatives of various magic charity organizations.

You can find more information here.