Conned, duped and deceived: sometimes, we only see what we want to see; our eyes guided by clever opportunists, convincing frauds, and our own secret desires.
Hidden amongst ordinary mortals, tricksters have forged masterpieces, entranced audiences and created fabulous new lives from thin air, molding reality to meet their needs. Those driven by greed, vanity, sex, and sometimes their own delusion have gone to elaborate lengths to weave fantasies designed to dupe. Accompany us as we unravel the ruses and search for authenticity in the things that aren’t what they seem.
Tamar Baskind ~ Shameless Charlatans & Predatory Impostors
Rachel James~ Elymr De Hory: The Uncertainty of Authenticity
Steen Comer ~ More Human than Human: Fake Flesh and the Uncanny Valley
Amber Guetebier ~ Mermaids, Sea-Hags, Vampire Squids: Real & Imagined Creatures of the Deep
Marci Bennett ~ The Wrath of Amazing Randi: The Epic Battle of Supernatural vs. Sleight of Hand
Annetta Black ~ The Amazing Voyage That Never Was
Advance tickets recommended and appreciated
Odd Salon is an evening series of cocktail hour lectures in San Francisco, featuring short talks illuminating extraordinary and unusual chapters from history, science, art, and adventure.