• Date and time: Sunday 13 June 2021, 2.30pm to 3.15pm
  • Location: Piazza Teepee, Piazza Building, Campus East, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

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Join us for an interactive and entertaining show mixing magic and world leading science, and see if we can read your mind LIVE with our ‘innovative’ cardboard brain scanner.

Let your curiosity be the guide on this journey through the scientific study of your big beautiful brain with Aneurin Kennerley of the University of York.

Mind-reading, through modern mentalists – think Derren Brown and David Blaine - has remained ever popular. Since the origin of the concept in the late 1800s, claims for the existence of clairvoyance have not been supported by scientific evidence. But although science is yet to prove the ability of the brain to gain information about an object, person, or place through means other than the known senses, research using brain scanning with MRI technology provides demonstrations of thought identification; in some sense, mind reading.

P.S. Did you know you have over 80,000,000,000 brain cells…


In-person events

Given the current pandemic and the uncertainty around restrictions lifting, our in-person events may be subject to change. Please check the Festival website and social media for the latest information. Ticket-holders will receive an email to alert them to any changes after booking.

About the speaker

Dr Aneurin James Kennerley (@MagneticDr_K) describes himself as mentalist, scientist and geek. He is a Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of York, specialising in magnetic resonance imaging. His research crosses the scientific boundaries in helping us understand brain function in health and disease; on both the molecular and systems level. An obsessive sci-fi nerd (do not ask how many lightsabres he owns!), one of his favourite authors is Arthur C. Clarke who once quoted “magic’s just science that we don’t understand yet”. Finding inspiration, Aneurin fuses magic and science to create entertaining and educational experiences for all.


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  • Wheelchair accessible