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Hello everyone,

Many of you know me as a stand-up comic, magician, or comedy magician in some way shape or form. What many of you may not know is that I have a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, and am a two-time winner of the coveted President's Award at the SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, the largest, oldest, and arguably most prestigious undergraduate philosophy conference in North America (www.oneonta.edu/pc for details). I was the second student to achieve this in the history of the conference, and my area of study was analytic metaphysics. I chose to pursue my entertainment career in lieu of attending grad school to work on my PhD.

I tell you this not to boast about myself, but rather to give you a proper context for the proposition you are about to read:

The entertainment agency I am currently working with specializes in college entertainment, but they also do a fair amount of high school educational entertainment. Most of it is the usual stuff: drug awareness, sex awareness, etc. However, I pitched them an idea that they ate up, and said they've never seen anything like it in all their years in the industry. If I can put it together, it could be huge. The idea is as follows.

A show titled Metaphysics and Illusion, or something to that effect. It would be a forty-five minute educational entertainment show aimed at the high school audience to try to encourage them to seriously consider taking philosophy classes in college. Philosophy is heavily underrepresented at the high school level, and I know that you know students at the college level are wary of taking even an intro philosophy class for fear of what it is, and awful preconceptions.

The idea of the show would be to pose some of the fundamental questions in philosophy, specifically metaphysics, to the audience while demonstrating said ideas through the art of illusion. Topics would include Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Descartes' Meditation I (nature of reality, preconceptions, etc), free will and possibility (mentalism is easy here), etc. At the end of the show it is my vision that I would explain how a complete illusion is performed - but not the workings of the illusion. Rather, take them through which preconceptions I relied on them having, how I abused those preconceptions, where I toyed with their sense-perception, etc.

I want to genuinely provide philosophical ideas in their original form; I don't want pseudo-philosophical babble. I already have my thesis advisor from my undergraduate work ready to help me work through scripting the philosophical ideas themselves.

What I am looking for is a collaborator who can create the kinds of illusions to go with these ideas, and routine the entire performance into a tight forty-five minute show . My specialty is close-up magic and stage comedy magic, and thus the kinds of illusions I envision for this show are out of my creative comfort zone.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please send me a PM and I will be in touch within the next few days.


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