More Hocus Pocus from Prof. Wiseman

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After a successful premiere, the second issue of Hocus Pocus by Richard Wiseman and friends is out now with more stories and interaction on “Magic, Mystery and the Mind!”

You can download it for free here or get a print copy at selected shops.

It’s fun, it’s clever and enlightening. Enjoy!


Promoting Magic for Social Good: The New “Good Magic Award”


As the multi-talented magician, researcher and all-around quirky guy Richard Wiseman has posted today in his blog,

I have teamed up with The Good Thinking Society to create a new award designed to promote magic for social good.

Some magicians work with disadvantaged groups, charities, hospital patients, schools, community groups, and those facing physical and psychological challenges. This work can bring lots of benefits, such as building confidence and self-esteem, inspiring happiness and optimism, supporting physical rehabilitation and co-ordination, and tackling loneliness and social exclusion. Within an educational context it can foster a greater understanding of science or mathematics, help develop critical thinking and creativity, and deliver positive messages.

The Good Magic Awards recognizes, rewards and encourages this work. Those who wish to use magic for social good are invited to apply for an award to support work in this area. Nominations will close at 5pm (GMT) on 30th April 2020, so if you think you would like to start working in this area, or need some support for an ongoing project, please head over to the site and take a look.

Further details here.

There will be two winners. Each will receive £1,000 to help fund their activities. Applicants need to be current residents of the UK, but I thought I’d post it anyway to a) help spread the good cause and b) present this as a path other people in other countries might consider following, too!

Update: The winners have been announced here.


A Hocus Pocus Minded Comic

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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


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.