|Science & the Arts|
BOB FRIEDHOFFER brings scientific entertainment to the public using proprietary,
unique, innovative forms of exposition that astound, mystify, entertain
and edify. In other words, he makes science interesting and fun. His presentation
today will concentrate on Newtonian mechanics, relativity, and the quantum
world. Many of the principles that will be discussed and explained are
difficult to see in our everyday existence. Using humor, stagecraft, and
lighting, along with laboratory experiments disguised as magical illusion,
Friedhoffer will offer a perspective of science that you have never seen
before. For further information on his work you may go to his website,
where you can see a list of the books he has authored and toys that he
Bob Friedhoffer lives in New York.
“Then, my good friend, I said, do not use compulsion, but let early
education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to find
out the natural bent.”
Dan Ritchard literally wrote the book on ventriloquism! - The funny and
popular "How-To" book, Ventriloquism for the Total Dummy, published
by Random House-Villard. As a former Teacher of Technology, his science-oriented
background provides a unique source of humor. With his irrepressible partner,
Conrad Burdee the Freelance Parrot, he has become an award-winning ventriloquist,
magician, puppeteer, as well as a creativity consultant to corporations.
He appeared with Oscar Winner Adrien Brody in the film Dummy. TV appearances
include: Channel 13 Ventriloquism Special, Regis Philbin, Bill Boggs and
Conan O'Brien. He produced and directed the documentary, Puppets - Fountain
of Youth, about master puppeteer and nonegenarian, Alice May Hall. He edited
the first and only CD-ROM [and book] on ventriloquism, Other Voices -- Ventriloquism
from B.C. to TV, by Stanley Burns.
Joel Jeske comes to New York
City after completing four years with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey
Circus. A 1996 graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College,
he served as producing clown for the Blue Unit of the circus for three years.
Before joining Ringling, Joel founded Chicago's first experimental clown
troupe: Die Hanswurste. He wrote, directed, and performed in their three ground breaking productions: Klown:Prick Us and We'll Burst, Hats on Fire/Shoes on Fire, and Entertaining Mr. Fear. He has performed and toured with the Cambridge Footlights, The Second City Touring Company, and Chicago's ImprovOlympic. He is currently a member of the NY Goofs, New York's premiere clown troupe, and is an associate instructor of circus arts in New York City.