Learning Unlimited: The Brain, the Mind, Magic and Music: Making a Fool Out of Parkinson's Disease

Mon, December 12, 2016 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Learning Unlimited lectures are made possible, in part, by a generous grant from Carol & Duff Kurland and Donors to the Osher Marin JCC’s Annual Fund in support of Adult & Senior Programs 

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The Brain, the Mind, Magic and Music: Making a Fool Out of Parkinson's Disease

Join us for a lecture, magic show and Jazz concert by Richard Horn, a neuroscientist, jazz musician and magician, and professor emeritus of Physiology and Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Along with the entertainment, Horn, who has Parkinson’s disease, gives his perspective on how to cope.

For many years Dr. Horn taught and entertained his students with lectures on how the brain produces consciousness. Until closing his research laboratory in 2010, he was actively studying the properties of nerve cells. Closing his laboratory opened the door for Horn to pursue his other interests, especially magic and music.

But that’s just when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative motor disorder that attacks coordination, a necessary requirement for performing both magic and music. Although this diagnosis would naturally spell the end of such pursuits for many people, Dr. Horn has dedicated his life to find ways to not only slow the inevitable loss of manual dexterity, but also to become a better magician and a better musician.

His talk shows examples of how he has made the most of the properties of the mind to mystify and entertain his audiences, while keeping a step ahead of Parkinson’s. He uses live sleight-of-hand magic and humor to inspire and delight anyone dealing with medical adversities.

As a jazz musician he has worked with B. B. King, John Klemmer, Mongo Santamaria, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mac Davis, Helen Reddy, and the drummers Ndugu, Harvey Mason & Woody Theus), and with Perfect Body.

To watch CNN’s interview with Richard Horn, “Parkinson's patient fights disease with magic and music,” please click here 

To read “Organizing around the brain,” San Diego Brain Consortium first event with Special Guest, Richard Horn, please click here 

To visit, Richard Horn’s website, please click here 

Click here to read the article in the J WEEKLY 

$15 JCC Members w/Advance Registration

$18 Public w/Advance Registration

$25 All Day-of Registration

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