PORTLAND, Ore. – Impossible Science LIVE! is the ultimate introduction to the possibilities of STEAM education. Opening at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on Feb 1. for a limited time, this live show engages people’s imagination with their own ability to ask questions. The 50-minute presentation is filled with mind boggling illusions created and engineered by World Champion of Magic Jason Latimer.
Impossible Science LIVE! unites illusions in physics, chemistry, engineering, psychology, mathematics and many other fields into an inspiring presentation about how the right question changes everything.
“What separates magic from science is the understanding of the situation. Anything we don’t understand is magic, which is why the right question changes everything,” said Latimer. “Magic inspires wonder and wonder changes the world. But the world was not shaped by its answers; it was shaped by its questions—and that next question could come from any of us.”
In Latimer’s show, audiences discover an open-minded philosophy to science and education that inspires all ages with an empowering message that resonates far beyond the show. From the invention of the airplane to mathematics to the internet, Latimer takes people on a journey across science through magic.
Impossible Science LIVE! touches on topics in multiple scientific fields:
Engineering & Problem Solving: Latimer’s engineering-themed illusion includes seeing him walk through a solid plate glass mirror. Sounds impossible, yet there must be a solution—how could this be possible? Is it mechanical? Is it a liquid? This thought process forms the foundation of all engineering.
Mathematics & Problem Solving: Latimer takes simple geometry and turns it on its head. No matter how many new pieces he adds to a geometric puzzle, it consistently makes the same shape.
Psychology & Vision: “Cups and balls” is widely recognized as one of the oldest tricks in the book. Latimer revolutionized this illusion by building the one effect magicians thought to be impossible—the simple game of “follow the ball” but with clear glass cups.
Chemistry: Latimer uses applied chemistry to form water into an unusual shape, then pops it with ease. With nothing more than applied science, he points out how everything did not exist till someone wondered if it could.
Physics: Latimer easily manipulates a beam of light as if it were a solid object. Interacting with light and touch, he hangs objects on the laser, bending it—even moving sections of it!
Impossible Science LIVE! runs at OMSI Feb 1 – Mar 1 and tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for youth. OMSI Members receive a discount on individual tickets and group discounts are also available. For more information visit omsi.edu or call 503-797-4000.
About Jason Latimer
Jason Latimer has spent his entire life wondering about one question: "What is possible?" In the pursuit of answering that childhood question, Latimer's ongoing education spans multiple fields of science, including mathematics, applied physics, chemistry, perceptual psychology and economics. Latimer's research, work and performances have ushered in an entirely new genre of magic and illusion for the twenty-first century, rooted in applied sciences. Today, Latimer has stolen the spotlight as "the greatest magician working today" (Parade Magazine). His current role as judge alongside the extraordinary Penn & Teller on Syfy’s “Wizard Wars” allows him the opportunity to reach millions of people all over the world, while his lectures, keynotes, and TEDx Talk inspires countless minds to “See Beyond the Illusion of Knowledge.” As a magician, Latimer’s resume includes seventeen consecutive championship titles and awards for his work, including the highest honor the world of magic can bestow on an individual, the title of "The Grand Prix 'Best Overall' World Champion of Magic” and recent championship win of the BBC One's six live specials, "The Magicians.” As a scientist, Latimer’s work inspires education through wonder and curiosity. With numerous international television specials and appearances, Latimer's infectious love for the unknown is inspiring millions around the world to join in and ask, "What is possible?" For more information, visit www.jasonlatimer.com.