Unfathomable Debut

At the London debut of Unfathomable we were introduced by the great David Berglas, and joined by the lovely Debbie McGee.  Dr. Richard Wiseman, Dr. Caroline Watt, and the Worshipful the Mayor and Mayoress of the London Borough of Barnet served as adjudicators. sitting ringside and eagle-eyed.

Dr. Watt, Dr. Wiseman, Mayor and Mayoress

Pictured here, beside the Deans is the man and the myth David Berglas. Beside Mr. Berglas is the world’s favorite academic, Richard Wiseman.

The Poison Test

Dr. Caroline Watt

This is Dr. Caroline Watt, the chair of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit at the University of Edinburgh, confirming that the stacks of cotton gauze are entirely opaque before blindfolding me and pouring three glasses of pink lemonade and one glass of drain cleaner. (Cue the danger music.)

Poison Glasses

The glasses were then freely rearranged by the adjudicators of the evening including, Dr. Richard Wiseman, and the Worshipful the Mayor and the Mayoress of the London Borough of Barnet.  (Pictured below.)

Dr. Watt, Dr. Wiseman, Mayor and Mayoress

Our poison test is particularly convincing — because we use real poison!  There’s no cheating when Professor Watt’s on duty!

Poison Test

The Flying Spumonis

In my mid twenties, I was studying and teaching at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) in Seattle and I began developing a doubles trapeze act. Creating an original partner act on the trapeze is difficult to begin with, but it was uniquely difficult for me because I didn’t have a partner.  I began training with a Cabbage Patch Doll, in the process creating an original act which blended trapeze technique with clown and object manipulation.

I have performed this act around the world, including in Cairo with the Egyptian National Circus, where the Egyptian Star (the Egypt Affiliate of the International Herald Tribune) described the act as, “An epic one-man collision of funniness and foolishness, of tragedy and triumph.”

Here is a video of the act from when we were young! (2007)

Prof. Richard Wiseman

I’ve introduced David Berglas, the Piddingtons, and Debbie McGee. And now, I’d like to take a moment to introduce Professor Richard Wiseman. He has written nearly a dozen best sellers and his Quirkology videos have millions of views.  I regularly use his Color Changing Card Trick video in my courses on the Psychology of Mind Reading and Mind Control.  His short video on Assumptions never gets old.

But most people don’t know that in the 1990s, Professor Wiseman also wrote Guidelines for Testing Psychic Claimants and Guidelines for Extrasensory Perception Research.  He acted as a judge in the London debut of Unfathomable, and we’re delighted to have his support!

The Lovely Debbie McGee

Debbie McGee was in our audience the other night. Do you know who she is? Best known as “the lovely Debbie McGee” she was the wife and chief assistant of the great Paul Daniels. Here is a video of my favorite illusion, Backstage with the Magician perfectly performed by Paul and Debbie.  I mentioned this illusion to her and she told me a funny story about Roger Moore showing up at an event late and hung over.

Thank you Debbie, for your support!

The Deans & the Piddingtons

The Deans and The Piddingtons

by Eddie Dean

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In the 1950s, the Piddingtons ignited fierce debates across Britain, as they demonstrated what appeared to be genuine telepathy for the BBC.  Some believed they were magicians.  Others insisted they were mind readers.  Further theories advanced by the public included radio transmitters concealed within hollow teeth, and an invisible little green man which flew between them, whispering answers.  The Piddingtons’ personal position was clear, as they repeatedly reminded their audiences that “you are the judge!”

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Their methods were never discovered, remaining the subject of discussion and debate for over 70 years.  In 2014, however, a notebook was discovered by an investigative journalist named Martin T. Hart.  This notebook contained a number of methods which had been created and used by the Piddingtons — methods which had evaded discovery for nearly a century.  Mr. Hart published many of these secrets in a book entitled, Piddington’s Secrets.

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However, not all of the secrets of the Piddingtons were disclosed in this book.  After discussions, meetings, international flights, numerous emails, and innumerous coffees, Mr. Hart agreed to disclose a number of additional secrets to Maggie and me.  On May 22, 2016, after months of intensive training, we presented our collaborative effort at a VIP fundraiser event at Cork’s only five star hotel, the Hayfield Manor.  The fundraiser benefited the extraordinary Teddies For Loving Care, which provides sanitary teddy bears for children during extended hospital stays.

UNFATHOMABLE

As the Deans, Maggie and I have been developing contemporary techniques for telepathy since studying together at the Accademia dell’Arte in Tuscany, beginning in 2012.  We were the first to assert telepathy as an act of contemporary circus — a sometimes dangerous, two person display of physical skill.  We developed our first public telepathy demonstration as part of a residency at Seattle’s School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA); the largest circus school in the United States.

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We continued this development at the University College Cork, as part of my doctoral research on the role of the body in contemporary performances of telepathy, and Maggie’s practice-based masters by research regarding gender, the body, and the contemporary performance of witchcraft.

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We are proud to say that all of our demonstrations are purely physical and are accomplished without the aid of confederates, stooges, secret accomplices, magic industry gimmicks, or electronic devices.  How do we do it?  The answer, as ever, is: “You be the judge!”

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The Piddingtons (1947 Newsreel)

The Deans were described as “the Amazing Piddingtons Reinvented” in this week’s Magic Week Magazine.  Do you know who the Piddingtons were?  They ignited fierce controversy across Britain in the 50s as they demonstrated what appeared to be genuine telepathy for the BBC.  The test they conduct in this newsreel has remained a mystery to the world for 70 years.  But it’s not a mystery to the Deans.  In fact, it’s part of their new show, UNFATHOMABLE.

Meet David Berglas

The London premiere of UNFATHOMABLE, starring the Deans, will be introduced by the legendary David Berglas. Mr. Berglas became a household name in England in the 50s after his “nation-wide psychological experiments” on BBC radio. His 1954 TV show, “Meet David Berglas” attracted over 19 million viewers. He is the original “International Man of Mystery” and a hero of the Deans since they were children.   The Deans are delighted!

David Berglas