Visual Arts Program

Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m.


Hallwalls, Buffalo Museum of Science, Technē Institute, and UB College of Arts & Sciences present

Science & Art Cabaret 20.5: Investigating "Paranormal" Mysteries by Joe Nickell

The 9th Ward @ Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.

A presentation featuring a revealing and entertaining look at such mysterious phenomena as the ghost at Mackenzie House and cases of alleged "spontaneous human combustion"—from the speaker's own case files and all examined from the scientific point of view.

Joe Nickell, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky, 1987), is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), an international scientific organization, and investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine.

A former professional stage magician (he was Resident Magician at the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame for three years) and private investigator for a world-famous detective agency, Dr. Nickell taught technical writing for several years at the University of Kentucky before taking the full-time position with CSI at its offices at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York. Utilizing his varied background, Nickell has become widely known as an investigator of myths and mysteries, frauds, forgeries, and hoaxes. He has been called "the modern Sherlock Holmes," "the original ghost buster," and "the real-life Scully" (from The X-Files). He has investigated scores of haunted-house cases, including the Amityville Horror and the Mackenzie House in Toronto, Canada.

Nickell was an inspiration for Hilary Swank's role as a miracle investigator in The Reaping (2007).