Mon, Apr 1 at 7:30pm

This even is free to the public. Doors will open at 7pm.

"How'd you do that?" Everyone wants to know how magic works. Magician and author Jamy Ian Swiss will do just that — but you might be surprised by the secrets he reveals. In magic,  Jamy says, "the method is not the trick" — because in fact, the method is never the "trick" in any creative endeavor. Rather, creating a compelling illusion is a delicate process comprised of countless details — including psychology, misdirection, timing, body language, sleight of hand, and a strong grasp of story and narrative structure. Prepare to be amazed in more ways than one by this eclectic tour through one man's distinctive set of artistic passions plus a solo performance of intimate sleight-of-hand magic. Seamlessly blending wit and unmatched dexterity, Jamy Ian Swiss will enchant you — as seen in countless TV appearances including repeat appearances on The Today Show and The Late, Late Show. 


Jamy Ian Swiss — "An astonishing close-up magician!" according to Vanity Fair — will entertain, astound, mystify, baffle, and utterly amaze an audience seated within inches of the action. The impossible and even the unimaginable will unfold with the simplest of objects: coins, cups, balls, and especially, an ordinary deck of 52 playing cards. No trick photography or TV editing — just stunning and sophisticated entertainment: magic, close-up!


An internationally acclaimed sleight-of-hand artist, mentalist and stage performer, Swiss has appeared for presenters ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the Smithsonian Institution. Swiss has lectured to magicians in 13 countries; to academics and scientists about skepticism and critical thinking; to law enforcement professionals on con games; consulted on casino game security; and as a content-focused corporate speaker addresses subjects including creativity, user experience, user interface and more. A renowned “skeptic” and pro-science advocate and activist, Swiss currently serves as Vice-President of The San Diego Skeptics Society.

In a lengthy profile in the New Yorker, Adam Gopnik writes,  “Swiss is widely thought to have one of the most masterly sleight-of-hand techniques in the world today.”

"Swiss is widely thought to have one of the most masterly sleight-of-hand techniques in the world today." — The New Yorker

"A dazzling sleight-of-hand man!" — New York Times

"Superlative!" — Washington Post

"Stunning!" — New York Press

"Dazzling!" — TimeOut NY

PHOTO CREDIT: Brian Engler

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