The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center names Jason Latimer Curator of Impossible Science and welcomes him back for his live science and magic show, “Perception: See Beyond the Illusion.”

LATIMER_3_1The magic is back in San Diego! Jason Latimer, the World Champion of Magic and judge on Syfy’s “Wizard Wars,” returns with a new role at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and a special limited-engagement of performances in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

Jason’s research and university lectures on the topics of invisibility, teleportation, transformation and making other “impossibilities” possible through applied science has gathered recognition in science and education communities around the world. And now, Latimer will bring his pursuit of “What is possible?” to the Fleet Science Center as the newly appointed Curator of Impossible Science. Jason’s return to the Fleet also comes with an extension of his live show “Perception: See Beyond the Illusion” in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and the promise of more collaborations. The Fleet looks forward to bringing Jason’s special blend of science and illusion into other realms of the science center in the future. 

The live show Perception: See Beyond the Illusion returns to the Fleet beginning March 14 in a limited-engagement run of 100 shows. Perception will run each Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (excluding blackout dates), with special daily Spring Break shows, March 30–April 3.

Perception: See Beyond the Illusion combines Jason’s jaw-dropping illusions with physics, psychology, chemistry, mathematics and technology. An enlightening and entertaining family-friendly show, attendees can expect to witness a person walking through a solid object, light being bent, water being shaped and countless other illusions, all rooted in applied science.

If Jason’s face looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you have seen him on the popular Syfy TV show, “Wizard Wars,” featuring the legendary Penn & Teller. Jason regularly appears on the show as a judge. Each episode of “Wizard Wars” begins with two teams of magicians going head-to-head with a limited amount of time to create an original routine. Currently wrapping up an extension of their first season, the show has been a huge hit, with the premiere episode on August 19, 2014, conjuring up over a million viewers. 

“For more than forty years, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center has been a place of inspiration for countless San Diegans,” said Dr. Steven Snyder, CEO of the Fleet Science Center. “Now with Jason joining us as our Curator of Impossible Science, we look forward to inspiring countless others to imagine how they can apply science to make today’s impossibilities into tomorrow’s realities.”  

“The only thing separating 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. The world was not shaped by its answers; it was shaped by its questions—and that next question could come from any of us.”