Is this your card?
The Maths and Stats events for Science Week 2018 kicked off with a public talk about magic and maths on Monday night (13th August). The talk was called "Is this your card?" and was presented by Jennifer Palisse and Anthony Mays, from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne. There were 140 registrations and the crowd packed-out the Hercus theatre.
Jen and Anthony presented several magic tricks and encouraged the audience to play along and figure out how they were done. They then discussed some of the surprisingly deep maths behind the tricks.
After the talk, refreshments were provided by ACEMS and a large number of the crowd stayed to chat to the speakers about maths and magic, which of course led to more impromptu magic in the foyer!