Christ Church: Sunday 28th March
His talk was a succession of entertaining examples drawn from his work: we all stared at a spiralling pattern on the screen and then looked at our hands only to see our flesh appear to creep (spooky); he showed us an equally creepy picture of Maggie Thatcher, altered to fool us into seeing her normally, but normal it was not; and he gave us alternative and amusing words when listening to part of Carmina Burana that are just not there, really.
Wiseman debunked some examples of the paranormal: a photo of spiritual energy in Edinburgh turned out to be a picture of someone’s tortoiseshell glasses; fire walking has a perfectly rational explanation, and he proved it with a delightful clip from the old Tomorrow’s World show; and JT the Psychic Dog just wasn’t psychic at all.
He gave us a section on luck, who had it and who didn’t, showing that it might be something to do with giving attention and that lucky people probably take up more opportunities because they see them more readily.
Then he showed the “amazing colour changing card trick”, which you should check out on YouTube, and some other tricks and illusions from his website, one which I will certainly be storing in Favourites (www.richardwiseman.com).
There was a Q + A, during which Wiseman wouldn’t be drawn on Uri Geller’s abilities, saying only that “Geller has powerful lawyers” and that there are ways of faking what Geller does.
He received warm and well-deserved applause from the packed lecture theatre for his superb talk.