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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
Extraordinary Beliefs and Magical Feats

with Marty Covington
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Once again Marty Covington, prestidigitator extraordinaire, returns to the Gualala Arts lecture series on Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. to astonish, amaze, and inform his audience about the unusual and even bizarre uses of magic.

Marty Covington Covington will share the strange, but true, story of Eric Hanussen, the Jewish psychic who was in Hitler's inner circle. It is a story of not only magic but also of deception and intrigue with an unusual twist that arguably changed the course of World War II.

Hanussen gained the attention of highly placed Nazis by predicting the future and reading minds, all fantasies based on mere tricks that Hitler's elite inner coterie willingly accepted because of their own bizarre views of the world. Using their gullibility Hanussen successfully duped them into believing that his powers could be used to defeat their enemies until he overplayed his hand.

Magic Not only will Covington demonstrate the tricks Hanussen used to make his so-called powers credible, but he will also reveal the secrets behind many of these tricks and teach them to the audience. They can then become the hit of dinner parties and amaze both family and friends with their psychic skills.

With his wife Bette, Covington first came to Sea Ranch in 1975 as a part-time resident and moved there full-time in 2003. He is Professor of the Graduate School in the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley where he has taught for 53 years, now on a part-time basis. He holds the Berkeley Presidential Chair in Undergraduate Education. He is the recipient of the Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award, the Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Graduate Students 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 perennial lecture series favorite. Time will be allowed 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.
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