2017 Festival: Mark Mitton and Dr. James Gardner

Mark Mitton and Dr. James Gardner

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes Mark Mitton and Dr. James Gardner to the 2017 Festival!

Mark MittonMark Mitton is a professional magician who is fascinated by using magic to better understand how we see the world. In addition to performing at private and corporate events all over the world, and creating magic for film, television, the Broadway stage, and Cirque du Soleil, Mitton tirelessly explores the theme of ‘Misdirection’ from an interdisciplinary standpoint. He regularly presents on ‘Perception’ at universities and conferences in North America and Europe, including the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and has lectured with the late Nobel laureate Dr. Gerald Edelman of The Neurosciences Institute.

Mitton has performed at festivals in Europe and Asia; at the Olympic Games; in war-torn Liberia; in hospital wards around New York City; and in a Mexican orphanage. His magical hands are featured in a They Might Be Giants video.

Dr. James GardnerDr. James Gardner considers personal and instructional technologies essential tools that help educators solve problems. His scholarship focuses on the use of technology in educational settings, and technology applications for students with disabilities and learners at-risk for school failure. A professor of special education in the educational psychology department at the University of Oklahoma, he has held leadership positions in state and national educational technology organizations. His hobbies include gadgets, scuba diving, and keeping alive the mathematical excitement of his father Martin Gardner’s legacy.

Impromptu Magic and Math: Learn Stunts to Dazzle your Friends and Family!

Magician Mark Mitton and educator Dr. James Gardner will teach you magic tricks, puzzles, and mathematical curiosities from the writings of the legendary Martin Gardner. Join us as they share secrets to feats that you can perform with everyday objects, anywhere and anytime! Playing with surprise is a great way to prepare for and consider the wonders of math. This is a dynamic workshop with lots of fun for the whole family.

The Art of Misdirection

Join professional magician Mark Mitton for math, magic, and fun — by way of misdirection!