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Registration is open now!
When: Saturday May 25, 2013 with optional activities on May 24 and May 26.
Where: The Glessner House Museum in the Prairie District of Chicago.
Suggested Donation*: $60 adults, $30 kids (15 and under).
Who Should Come: Curious people of all stripes.
What Will Happen: A series of presentations and demonstrations on a variety of curious topics will delight. Each attendee will receive a curiosity kit filled with curiosity objects and projects, and mysterious objects will be on display at our curiosity tables. See a man eat fire! Battle Romans! Learn to lie! And hear from the man who once had the ability to seriously ruin your day.
Our speaker’s list:
Curator, College of Curiosity
Our host, Jeff has lead a variety of lives, and has performed such feats as emasculating tomato plants, testing people for psychic abilities, and finding something interesting to do in Texarkana. Jeff is also host of the Oddments audio program.
Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired), former Air Force Academy professor, and lover of John Denver.
Hal was once the most dangerous man in the world.
Creator, FreakShow & Tell
Thom will delight us with feats of skill and daring, and perhaps share some insights into how we might dabble in these arts ourselves.
Magician, Magic Parlour and many others
Dennis will help us discern the difference between magic and reality—while demonstrating what the world would look like if magic was real.
Writer and Observer, wordmonster.org
Aubrey will teach us how to influence friends and family through the time-honored art of… lying. An interactive demonstration will put these skills to real use.
Connoisseur of Curiosity, main contributor to Oddments
Jairus promises to bring a key moment of history into the present. Full armor is recommended.
9:00 Glessner Hours Tours
10:30 The Most Dangerous Man in the World
11:00 Lying for Fun and Profit
11:30 The Wonder Makers
Thom Britton and Dennis Watkins
12:15 Lunch, Chicago Style - Curiosity Tables Open
12:45 Curiosity Kits Exposed
1:15 Rome Wasn’t Burned in a Day
1:45 The Sound and the Foley
2:15 FreakShow & Tell: Glass
3:00 Glessner House Tours
What you’ll experience:
The Magic Parlour with 3rd generation magician Dennis Watkins!
This acclaimed, sell-out show has amazed Chicago audiences for years. Don’t take our word for it, just read these Yelp reviews! The show is now housed in cozy Victorian chamber at the legendary Palmer House, giving it just the right ambience for this intimate performance.
Seats very limited, and this will sell out!
$75, program, beer and wine included.
Join us for a few hours of adventure as we see sites and shops that most visitors to Chicago miss. We’ll be visiting a “Boring” store (not boring at all), a place you can shop for artillery, a building made of stolen artifacts, a fun shop which features items from your forgotten past, Route 66, and many other strange attractions. At the end, you’ll have the option of touring a Victorian conservatory where you can visit another world, and ride the historic Brown Line El over the streets that once witnessed an epic battle between Batman and the Joker.
$45, lunch on your own
∞These presenters are regular contributors to Oddments.
*This event is produced as a private party. If you cannot afford the price of admission, please contact us and we’ll try to work something out.