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 including mathematics, applied physics, chemistry, perceptual psychology, and economics. Latimer’s quest for knowledge has led to a entirely new paradigm unites science and magic.
As a magician, Jason’s performances are unprecedented with 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 the title of series champion of the BBC One’s six live specials, “The Magicians.” His unique background in science has made Latimer “one of magic’s most gifted creators” (Genii Magazine). On SyFy channel’s hit series “Wizard Wars,” Latimer sat along with the legendary magicians Penn and Teller as one of three judges on innovation and creativity.
In science, Latimer is the “Curator of Impossible Science” of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA. There, Jason continues his research in science on impossible topics while further developing his curriculum that inspires wonder in an academic environment. This year, Jason’s Impossible Science Initiative has been expanded to learning centers all over Southern California including the Discovery Cube Los Angeles, City of Downey’s Columbia Memorial Space Center, and Discovery Cube Orange County. Using his illusion design to inspire how’s, why’s, what if’s and why not’s, Latimer has created a way to nurture wonder, “See Beyond the Illusion of Knowledge” (Jason’s TEDxTalk), and show how the right question changes everything.
Jason’s work in science and technology caught the attention of the pop culture phenomenon Comic Con International and Lionsgate’s new premium digital platform Comic Con HQ. And now, Latimer is the host of Comic Con HQ’s new original series “Impossible Science.” A series that follows Latimer’s work at the science centers and showcases “impossible” science fiction topics that are now being brought to life by scientists and engineers that have asked the right question and challenged impossible.
Latimer performances captivate audiences by offering live effects such as shaping water into objects then popping them, bending light with his bare hands, levitating liquids, animating drawings on his skin, forming smoke, teleporting people through time and space, and countless other jaw dropping effects. However it’s Latimer’s infectious love for the unknown is inspiring millions around the world to join in and ask, “What is possible?”
“Jason completely set the tone for the event. Folks left his show energized and ready to participate the next two days. Some of the adults were even asking me, “how did he do that?” As if I had inside knowledge on his illusions. You can’t fake the sincerity that he shows in his craft and the attention he shows to individuals. After the show, he came out and took the time to talk with and interact with the kids. He wasn’t finished there. After loading all his gear up; he visited with all the exhibitors to find out what they did, talked with teachers, and took pictures with folks. Everyone has asked me if we are bringing him back next year. West Texas has made Jason a part of our family. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. He knows his subject matter, is very professional, maintains good energy and absolutely loves what he does.” -Katherine, Texas STEM Educators
“Jason Latimer is standing the magic world on its head.”
– Los Angeles Times
“One of the superstars of tomorrow.”
– Daily News
“With Latimer, the future of magic is in good hands.”
-Siegfried & Roy
“The greatest magician working today.”
– Parade Magazine
INTRODUCING… THE IMPOSSIBLE SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Jason Latimer’s Impossible Science Festival, (different from his keynote) is an interactive workshop that schools, educators, and science centers love. The festival is an environment for kids to participate in so they can learn, question, and be inspired to wonder. Learn how to make objects invisible. Walk on water! Explore levitation. Do the impossible! A place where it’s far more magical to find out it’s not a trick…Its science!
This video introduces the festival…
THE IMPOSSIBLE SCIENCE FESTIVAL EXPLAINED:
“The goal of the Impossible Science Festival is to promote education through curiosity,” said Jason Latimer, host and designer of the Impossible Science Festival. “By exploring subjects that seem impossible but showing how they can be made possible through applied science, visitors will have a memorable, hands-on learning experience that will blow their minds!”
This event is based around five themes: invisibility, levitation, animation transformation and super powers, and each theme incorporates demonstrations that festival attendees will be able to observe or try for themselves. For invisibility, attendees will be able to use the refractive properties of Pyrex to make objects disappear in corn oil. They can also learn how to manipulate light—a precursor to invisibility—using a laser pen and tonic water, or make the invisible come to life with a homemade laser microscope.
For levitation, visitors can experience how concepts like the Bernoulli principle, static electricity and air pressure can make objects like ping pong balls, tinsel or even screwdrivers appear to levitate!
The animation stations will use static electricity to make tissue paper dance, surface tension to make objects scoot along a water surface and sound waves to make a toothpick dance across a wine glass, harmonics to make patterns in sand—plus you can learn how a battery, a magnet and a screw can be designed to make a small motor.
The transformation stations will show attendees how to make a square bubble or a fireproof balloon. And visitors can harness their own super powers when they create energy from pennies or walk on liquid Oobleck!
At the Impossible Science Festival there are over 25 interactive demonstration stations and five “make it, take it” stations where attendees can make their own impossible science creations to take home.