Joshua Jay is a magician, author and lecturer. He is a former world champion of the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. He fooled Penn & Teller on their hit show, Fool Us, and appeared recently on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Joshua has consulted on magic for the US Postal Service and Game of Thrones, and he has performed at President Barack Obama's Inaugural Ball. He is currently starring in Six Impossible Things, an immersive magic show in New York City.
Dr Heather Williams is a Principal Medical Physicist for Nuclear Medicine at The Christie Hospital and honorary Lecturer at the University of Manchester, focussing on teaching imaging physics and positron emission tomography (PET) research. Heather is also a Director of ScienceGrrl, STEMNET ambassador, and active member of the IPEM Nuclear Medicine Special Interest Group and IoP Women in Physics Group committees. Heather also likes standing up and talking about science, and encouraging others (particularly women) to do so. When she's not busy with all that, Heather enjoys running, hiking and introducing her sons to the wonders of the universe, often at the same time.
Annabel makes demonically delicious cakes & chocolates that look like the things your mother told you not to touch - let alone put in your mouth.
While at Cambridge University studying Maths, Colin learnt how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance, although not all at the same time. Since then he has worked as a research mathematician, a computer programmer, and an electronics hardware designer, taking time to give presentations all over the world (over 20 countries and still increasing!) on a wide variety of mathematical topics, including "The Unexpected Mathematics of Juggling".
Elin Roberts is Head of Public Engagement at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. She is a passionate communicator with a wealth of experience producing and presenting science shows. She has worked with scientists, presenters, teenagers and teachers helping them produce engaging performances. She trains presenters, drawing on her experiences of stages large and small, tame and terrifying to get the most out of their own technique. As a practitioner of science communication she still enjoys the sensation of dried PVA on her fingertips and the smell of freshly applied sticky back plastic.
Neil Kelso is a writer, theatre-maker, magician, musician, artist and serial entrepreneur. His career has spanned solo performance, collaborative multimedia art productions, and creative consultancy. He is the co-creator of acclaimed political musical theatre cabaret show These Trees Are Made Of Blood, co-founder of cabaret collective The House Of Q, and is an Associate Artist at Theatre Delicatessen. He lives in London and Paris.
Ian Rowland (The Mind Man) helps people and companies to be more successful. He is a freelance writer and corporate speaker based in London. Ian is also a Member of the Inner Magic Circle, and an expert on cold reading and related persuasion psychology.
Maria Cork works in Creature F/X and Special Make-Up F/X for the film industry. She was the supervisor of the Hair Department in creature effects for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and had the responsibility of looking after Chewbacca. Other film credits include Lost in Space, Hot Fuzz, Sherlock Holmes, and Maleficent. Maria also loves magic and has worked with many magicians over the years, making unusual and specialised props for TV and theatre shows.
The two lessons Charles Burns learned at school were that he a gift for drawing, and that he had trouble making friends. After leaving art college he spent twelve years working as a street portrait artist in London’s Covent Garden. Whilst there, he discovered and mastered the lost art of the silhouetttist: cutting portraits from paper. Today, armed with just a pair of scissors and a pocketful of black paper, Charles has a busy schedule appearing at prestigious events all over the world.