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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
When Magicians Gave Away Their Secrets

with Marty Covington
Monday, June 14, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Magic Like one of his tricks, Marty Covington magically reappears for the charmed third time on June 14, 7:00 p.m. to discuss the topic of magic, a fitting avocation for this UC Berkeley Psychology professor. This time Marty will draw back the curtain and reveal the secrets behind the tricks in his talk "When Magicians Gave Away Their Secrets."

Supposedly magicians take a sacred oath not to reveal how their amazing feats are performed and not to disclose the trick behind an alleged deception. But, twice in the history of magic, once in 1660-1668 and once again during the 1920s and '30s, magicians broke their vows, some quite willingly and others out of desperation.

Marty will delve into the story behind these two experiences and will explain when and why magicians break their vows of silence. He will also explain several of the famous tricks that magicians have given away. For an encore he will teach the audience how to perform these tricks.

Marty Covington The speaker has a distinguished academic career. He holds the Berkeley Presidential Chair in Undergraduate Education and is also Senior Research Psychologist at the Institute for Personality and Social Psychology. He is past president of the International Society for Test Anxiety Research. Covington has authored eight books and numerous research articles and papers. He has also been a recipient of the Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award and the Phi Beta Kappa Award for Outstanding University Instructor of the Year. Living on Sea Ranch since 1976 with his wife Bette, Covington has taught continuously for the past 49 years at Cal.

Be sure to come and bring the family. Don't be caught off guard and watch carefully because you can be sure that Marty has a couple of surprises up his sleeve he is not revealing beforehand. In 2008 he discussed card tricks and a year earlier he talked about why people love (or sometimes hate) to be fooled. A $5 admission will be collected at the door.

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