University in Great Britain appoints Professor of Magic

Via BoingBoing

The University of Huddersfield – a key centre for research into the art of magic and illusion – has appointed the world’s first Visiting Professor of Performance Magic. But his students will not be taught to pull rabbits from top hats or to saw their glamorous assistants in half.

US-born Dr Todd Landman, who combines a career as a magician and mentalist with a post as a professor of government, delves deeply into the history and heritage of magic and believes that it enables the world to be viewed with a fresh sense of wonder.

Todd Landman marked his appointment as Visiting Professor by holding a workshop for drama students in which he explored three dimensions of the magician’s art – half an hour of close up magic, followed by a mentalism session in which he gave an illusion of mind-reading powers, closing with a “mystical set” in which he delved into the realm of the “collective unconscious”.

After this session with drama students, Dr Landman teamed up with the magician Paul Voodini for a public performance named Edge Of The Unknown. Taking place at the University’s Milton Theatre Studio, it was billed as “an evening of magic, mystery and the esoteric”.

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