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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:

with Marty Covington
Thursday, May 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Hoaxes with with Marty Covington For the fourth time, Marty Covington, prestidigitator extraordinaire, returns to the Gualala Arts lecture series on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. to once again astonish, amaze and, on this occasion, inform his audience about the magic of hoaxes, the sensational lies that capture the public's attention.

Through the use of mental powers alone, Covington will bend forks and spoons without touching them. He will divine the future and link the living and the dead. Then, he will debunk what the audience has witnessed with its own eyes by revealing how these traditional hoaxes were performed.

More importantly, he will explain why countless millions have been so easily duped into believing that these tricks represent reality. Covington points out, "The explanation will surprise those present. One clever demonstration will illustrate how susceptible we all are because we are willing to believe what we want to be true."

In addition, he will show how those present can master the same hoaxes, be the hit of dinner parties, and amaze both friends and relatives with their psychic skills. Finally, in an interesting twist, Covington will use more demonstrations to illustrate that some apparent hoaxes that seem too amazing to be true actually are true.

A Sea Ranch resident with his wife Bette since 1975, Covington is Professor of the Graduate School in the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley where he has taught for 53 years. He holds the Berkeley Presidential Chair in Undergraduate Education. He is also a recipient of the Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award, the Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Graduate Students Award, and the Phi Beta Kappa Award for Outstanding University Instructor of the Year in California.

Plan to attend this informative, entertaining and yes, magical evening presented by a skilled speaker. A $5 admission will be collected at the door. Time will be provided for audience interaction.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

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