OLLI Events

Kangas Lecture Featuring Rick Hill

Altered Reality: Magic and the Mind

Rick HillJoin OLLI for a fascinating exploration of the cognitive processes, which allow magicians and illusionists to temporarily alter our reality. While making new discoveries about how our minds work, we’ll be entertained by Rick Hill’s demonstrations of illusions and feats of magic.  

References to magic abound throughout the history of civilization. Proof that humankind has been fascinated by sleights of hand and tricks of the mind date back as early as 50-300 A.D. Hill’s interest in magic theory led to a collaboration with a UC Davis psychology professor to explore how scientists could examine cognitive function through the use of illusion and magical tricks. He has gone on to perform his special brand of magic and pursue his interest in magic and mind. He recently assisted with a course Cognitive Psychology of Illusions and Magic at the University of Arizona. 

This free, annual lecture is open to the public and honors the memory of late founding OLLI member, Pat Kangas. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is free on Saturdays.