The Pleasures of Magic and Foolery

Thursday, 1 April 2004 - 4:30pm

Houston Hall Bistro, 3417 Spruce Street

The Pleasures of Magic and Foolery

A Performance Talk

Larry Hass

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Muhlenberg College

Don't miss this finale event in our Feast of Fools!

Why do we crave the magician? What function does magic play in our lives and cultures? Multiple award-winning teacher and performer of magic Larry Hass will astonish and amaze with his sleight of hand! He will also share his expertise on the nature of magic and foolery as an important human experience and performing art.

"From the beginning," says Dr. Larry Hass, "my dream has been to bring magic to the academy, showing that, properly understood and performed, it deserves recognition as a high art with deep theoretical foundations."

In addition to teaching phenomenology (the study of experience), philosophy of art, and performance magic at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Larry Hass created, produces, and performs in the groundbreaking program, The Theory and Art of Magic. This symposium continues to bring the world's most accomplished stars of magic to Muhlenberg to perform their art in an academic forum and to give theoretical talks on the nature and importance of magic. In 2001 he received the Howard Bamman Trophy from the International Brotherhood of Magicians for this work.

Suggested Reading

The Houdini Box: The Art of Escape, Adam Phillips

The Net of India, Lee Siegel

The Magic Mirror, Robert E. Neale (with David Parr)

Psychological Illusions: Creative Self-Deception and the Healthy Mind, Shelly Taylor