Dr Richard Wiseman

Looking back & moving forward in skepticism

Join Richard Wiseman in an autobiographical journey into the heady world of skepticism. Focusing on innovative techniques for encouraging skeptical thinking, he will look at past successes and where the field might head in the future. Expect magic, illusion, and the occasional provocative thought.


Professor Richard Wiseman has been described by a Scientific American columnist as “one of the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologists in the world today”. His books (including The Luck Factor, 59 Seconds and Paranormality) have sold over 3 million copies and he regularly appears on the media. Richard also presents keynote talks to organisations across the world, including The Swiss Economic Forum, Google, and Amazon. He holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, is one of the most followed psychologists on Twitter, and the Independent On Sunday chose him as one of the top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live. Richard is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle, a Director of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has created psychology-based YouTube videos that have attracted over 500 million views. He has published over 100 academic papers and articles, and also acts as a creative consultant, including work with Derren Brown, The Twilight Zone and the hit television show, Brain Games.