GS01 KEYNOTE: The Magic of Storytelling and Learning

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Wednesday, November 16

Grand Ballroom

Magicians are master storytellers. Their ability to engage an audience and keep it focused is critical to their ability to execute many of the astounding tricks they perform. In this exciting opening keynote, you will learn some of the secrets of storytelling from one of the world’s leading magicians, Penn Jillette. You will discover how magicians create an environment in which magic can take place—because true magic, like learning, takes place in the mind of an individual fully engaged in an experience.

Penn Jillette

Author, Actor, Magician, Entertainer

Penn Jillette is an entertainer and one half of the legendary magic duo Penn & Teller. Penn & Teller’s live show spent years on Broadway, and it is now the longest-running headliner show in Las Vegas. Mr. Jillette co-hosted the long-running TV series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, which was nominated for 16 Emmy Awards, and currently co-hosts the series Penn & Teller: Fool Us. He has acted and appeared in numerous shows and movies and produced the films The Aristocrats and Tim’s Vermeer. Mr. Jillette’s weekly podcast, Penn’s Sunday School, was named by iTunes as the Best New Comedy Podcast for 2012. His books include Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! and God No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales, which spent six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

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