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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."

The show returns Saturday, March 14, for a limited-engagement run.

March 05, 2015

San Diego, CA—March 5, 2015—The 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.”

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To schedule a media preview or live, in-studio demonstration by Jason Latimer, please contact Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Public Relations Manager Nathan Young at 619-685-5743 or

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About Jason Latimer

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 of science, including mathematics, applied physics, chemistry, perceptual psychology and economics. Jason's research, work and performances have ushered in an entirely new genre of magic and illusion for the twenty-first century, rooted in applied sciences. Today, Latimer has stolen the spotlight as "the greatest magician working today" (Parade Magazine). His current role as judge alongside the extraordinary Penn & Teller on Syfy’s “Wizard Wars” allows him the opportunity to reach millions of people all over the world, while his lectures, keynotes, and TEDx Talk inspires countless minds to “See Beyond the Illusion of Knowledge.” As a magician, Latimer’s resume includes 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 recent championship win of the BBC One's six live specials, "The Magicians.” As a scientist, Latimer’s work inspires education through wonder and curiosity. With numerous international television specials and appearances, Latimer's infectious love for the unknown is inspiring millions around the world to join in and ask, "What is possible?" For more information, visit

About the Fleet Science Center:
The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at
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Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit