The Theory and Art of Magic
In September and October of 1999, Muhlenberg College hosted an unprecedented, unusual program, The Theory and Art of Magic. Conceived and directed by Dr. Lawrence Hass (philosopher and magician), the program was designed to create an academic festival of magic.
For six straight weeks members of the Muhlenberg College and Allentown communities were treated to memorable, artistic performances and scholarly talks on magic from some of the world's leading magicians. The performers and speakers for fall of 1999 were Eugene Burger, Robert Fellows, Lawrence Hass, Hiawatha, Robert E. Neale, Darwin Ortiz, and Margaret Steele.
Press coverage for the Program left nothing to be desired. It was featured in major articles by USAToday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Allentown Morning Call. It was also featured in several of the leading, international magazines for magicians. Some of the talks for the program became the source for an award-winning, nine-month series of articles edited by Dr. Hass for The Linking Ring - the magazine for the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
The Program for Series I
Robert E. Neale