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It's only one week away! PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by JREF Events Team   


Are you as excited as we are? The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) is one short week away. With engaging speakers like Penn & Teller, Carol Tavris, Pamela Gay, Lawrence Krauss, and Michael Shermer, it’s going to be one amaz!ng experience. Make the most of your four days with us by signing up for one of our additional TAM events, including fantastic evening shows, fun and challenging workshops, and a lunch with the Amaz!ng One himself, James Randi. Simply use the same e-mail address you used when registering for TAM in order to add tickets for these special events.

 

Exclusive Luncheon with Randi and Friends


Randi's headshotNo TAM is complete without  some special time with the man who started it all, James Randi. Join Randi as well as other TAM speakers, at our exclusive VIP luncheon, a private catered event. Ticket sales benefit the JREF’s important work to fight charlatans.

Register for your VIP luncheon here.

 

 

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TAM After Dark


After a full day of talks and presentations, join us for five nighttime events.

waitwait.pngWait, Wait, Don’t Fool Me | Thursday 9:00pm $20

A skeptical news quiz completely unlike a certain NPR news quiz in every way. Well, some ways. Join JREF's Brian Thompson and a panel of hilarious celebrity guests including George Hrab, Carrie Poppy, Monster Talk's Blake Smith and Jamy Ian Swiss as they compete to see who knows the most about current events, pop culture, and terrible puns.

 

 

playdead.gifTAM Late Night: Exclusive Screening of Play Dead with Teller | Thursday, 11:30 pm FREE!

Teller presents an exclusive Thursday night screening of Play Dead. This “wild, wicked” (New York Times) Off-Broadway hit, written by Teller and Todd Robbins, starring Robbins and directed by Teller is now a “mind-blowing” (New York Magazine) performance film.  Watch a sophisticated New York audience turned into giggling, screaming adolescents by a magical adult spook show written by and for skeptics. The Wall Street Journal called it  ”funny, furious, and wholly enthralling!” and the New York Post says it is “fiendishly frightening!”  The film will be followed by a brief Q&A with Teller himself.


 

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Paul Provenza presents ¡SATIRISTAS! — Live in Concert | Friday 9:00pm $40

Paul Provenza, the celebrated comic and critic, presents a cadre of provocateurs and proud comic voices, including Doug Stanhope, Kira Soltanovich, Gary Stockdale, and Eric Schwartz targeting hypocrisy, media distortion and the institutionalized ignorance infecting America. Celebrating the spirit of the book of the same name, ¡SATIRISTAS! will chew the fat of traditional credulity and leave you wanting more.


 

pennparty.pngPenn Jillette’s Private Rock & Roll, Doughnut and Bacon Party | Friday 11:00pm FREE! Donations to the JREF gladly accepted at the door. Bring the stupid!

Be forewarned —

This really is Penn’s private party. He’s paying for everything and JREF has nothing to do with it. There will be stupid rock and roll, obsenity, scantily clad people, 1200 doughnuts and tons of bacon. You will learn nothing.

Note: This event is neither paid for nor sponsored by the JREF.

 

carlinhome.pngA Carlin Home Companion | Saturday 9:00pm $40

Deftly weaving her amusing yet poignant family stories with classic video footage of her father’s career and family memorabilia, Kelly Carlin, the only child of iconoclastic comedian George Carlin, takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions and pulls back the curtain on their life together off stage. Join us for this unexpected, loving and revealing look at the man who constantly redefined himself in order to redefine 20th century comedy.

Get your tickets here!

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Learn to “tell the future,” advance skepticism online,  hone your investigation skills, and much more!

 

Workshop Pass

Science and Skepticism 101 | Supporting Skepticism Around the World | Dr. Google | Promoting Skepticism at the Local Level | Astronomy for Skeptics |The Future of Skepticism Online | Investigative Methods for the Skeptic | Coalition Building for the Skeptical Activist | How to Tell the Future | Promoting Skepticism in Classroom Settings

With your all-workshop pass, you can attend any of our ten exciting mini-classes by experts like Richard Saunders, Harriet Hall, Steven Novella, Ray Hyman, Ben Radford and Karen Stollznow.

 

How to Tell the Future
with Ray Hyman

Participants will be instructed on how
 to do “psychic” or character readings, and perform readings 
on each other. Learn how easily a cold reading
 can convince people they have 
experienced the supernatural.


Promoting Skepticism at the Local Level
with JREF outreach coordinator Brian Thompson

At the Amaz!ng Meeting, skeptics from all
over the world gather to recharge their
 skeptical batteries, but what to do with that
 enthusiasm when you return home? How do
 you start a skeptical group in your area, and
 what can you do to help foster critical thinking 
in your community?


Astronomy for Skeptics: Investigating “Lights” in the Sky
with James McGaha

James McGaha uses his years of
 experience as a USAF pilot and 
astronomer to teach you how to
 determine what those mysterious 
lights in the sky really are.

...and seven more!

Get your All Workshop Pass now!

Workshops also sold individually.

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Share a Round of Poker with Your Favorite Skeptic!

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And what would a trip to Vegas be without a little gambling? Join us for the first annual Skeptics’ Poker Tournament at TAM! Share the tables with your favorite skeptics, including Jamy Ian Swiss, George Hrab, Steven Novella, Jay Novella, Bob Novella, Evan Bernstein and others.  Make the rounds to every skeptic’s table by winning the previous hand. This special TAM event starts Saturday, July 14th at 11 pm, and includes private cocktail servers and an open bar. Don’t miss it!

Not a poker champ yet? Skeptic and reality TV star Joshie Berger will host A Skeptic’s Guide to Poker clinic at TAM that you can participate in for FREE. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn the game or polish your skills from a skeptic who has played poker professionally for close to a decade.

You can buy your ticket to the poker tournament once you arrive at TAM ($125 per person buy-in, with proceeds benefiting the JREF and SGU). Please email skepticspoker@gmail.com to RSVP or with any questions.

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For the full TAM schedule, click here.
And be sure to keep up on everything that’s happening at the conference by joining the event on Lanyrd.
Finally, make sure to follow #TAM2012 for updates on Twitter.

See you in a week!