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After Dark: When Tricks Are Treats

After Dark: When Tricks Are Treats

Exploring Deception in Nature and Culture

Thursday, October 2, 2014 • 6:00–10:00 p.m.

Location:  Exploratorium Pier 15

Note: A ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission:  $15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members

Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

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Delve into the science behind deception at After Dark. Find out how expert wine detective Maureen Downey exposes costly counterfeits—without uncorking a bottle. Follow elements of illusion in European paintings with Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco curator Melissa Buron, and reframe yourself in a virtual mirror staged by Exploratorium physicist Paul Doherty. Play with exhibits exploring the nature of perception, including a room-sized “Vanishing Act.” Encounter the uncanny in the mischievous mentalism of Brad Barton, Reality Thief, and let magician and Exploratorium scientist Luigi Anzivino show you how the odds can be stacked against you in a seemingly innocent game of chance. Learn the tricks carnivorous plants use to lure their treats, meet servals and ocelots from Bonnie Cromwell’s Classroom Safari, and become a connoisseur of camouflage—animal and otherwise.