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Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Hosts Jason Latimer, World Champion of Magic

New summer live show experience “Perception: See Beyond the Illusion” July 5 through August 31

June 12, 2014

SAN DIEGO (June 12, 2014)—The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and the World Champion of Magic, Jason Latimer, have teamed up to produce “Perception: See Beyond the Illusion,” a one-of-a-kind show that combines magic and science to create effects that no one thought could ever exist. “Perception: See Beyond the Illusion” starts July 5 and goes through August 31 with two shows every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Viewers will experience effects such as shaping water, bending light, walking through solid objects, gravity-defying liquids and countless other illusions all rooted in applied science.

“The world was not shaped by its answers, it was shaped by its questions—and that next question could come from any of us,” said Latimer. “All the effects in the show were considered impossible at one time. They were just impossible situations with no solutions until one person questioned, until one person wondered beyond their answers. Whether it’s an illusion or not, the right question changes everything.”

“Perception: See Beyond the Illusion” combines Jason’s illusion performances with physics, psychology, chemistry, mathematics and technology. Visitors will also get to experience ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems, the mind-bending new exhibition that is making its North American debut at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. ILLUSION combines science and art to deceive the visitor through optical, perceptual and audio illusions and shows that what we perceive is often radically different from the reality of what we observe.

“Jason’s show is an exciting addition this summer that will be sure to entertain and enlighten audiences,” said Dr. Steven Snyder, executive director of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. “We hope this show, along with the ILLUSION exhibition, will remind all ages to never stop questioning what is real and what is possible.”

For more information about “Perception: See Beyond the Illusion,” please visit


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). Latimer's imagination has developed a style of magic on an unprecedented level. With 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," coupled with his recent title of series champion of the BBC One's six live specials, "The Magicians," Jason has globally raised the bar for magic with modern applied science. 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
About Balboa Park:
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