Celebration of Mind

... New Website Coming Summer 2014 ...

We are designing a really cool new website to support Celebration of Mind events world-wide!

Why the Celebration?

Martin Gardner [October 21, 1914 - May 22, 2010] was a prolific author who pursued a playful and fun approach to Mathematics, Science, Art, Magic, Puzzles and other fascinating topics. His tradition has been continued in Celebration of Mind events held at numerous locations all over the world on or near his birthday.

When the revised version of this website appears later this summer, it will include samplings and reports of some of the Celebration of Mind events which occurred in 2010 through 2013. Each year, these events constitute a global gathering.

Our fifth annual Celebration of Mind events will occur in late October 2014, coincident with the centennial of Martin Gardner's birth. We encourage everyone to bring a magic trick, puzzle, recreational mathematics problem or story about Martin to share at your local event.

Martin Gardner


A popular American writer, who specialized in mathematics and science writing, Martin Gardner paved a path for recreational mathematics with his column, Mathematical Games, in Scientific America from 1956-1981. Gardner was a man of various interests, some of which included: stage magic, literature, philosophy, scientific skepticism, religion, and micro-magic. His best-selling book, The Annotated Alice, incorporates Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by explaining Carroll's word play, mathematical concepts, Victorian traditions, and contemporary references.

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Have some Fun!

Pack of Little Fibs Trick

A great mathematical card trick!
Download Little Pack of Fibs
Pack of Little Fibs on YouTube

The Ice Cream Trick

A mystifying mathematical card effect!

See it on YouTube

Nobbly Wobbly Workshop

Our October 5th Workshop, Squares, Triangles, and the Nobbly Wobbly ...

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Flexagon Party

Have a FLEXAGON PARTY
at your Celebration of Mind!

Go to Puzzles.com page

Dollar Bill Geometric Vanish

The Martin Gardner Dollar Bill Geometric Vanish has several interesting subtleties...
Download MG $ Bill: JPG
How to make the Vanish: PDF
How to perform the Vanish: on YouTube
The math behind the magic: on YouTube

Möbius Strip Surprise

The remarkable Martin Gardner Möbius Strip Surprise will amaze your friends...

Möbius Strip Surprise PDF

3D Dragon Illusion

Download the 3d Dragon template
and make your own: PDF

Seven Card Trick

Seven Card Trick PDF

The Math behind the Magic on YouTube

A Better Mousetrap

A Better Mousetrap is three-part topological effect from Magician Michael Weber, in...

A Better Mousetrap on YouTube

Organizing Committee of the Celebration of Mind

Nancy Blachman
G4G Board Member and Founder, Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival
Mathematics was her favorite class at least from the time that she was in junior high. In addition to doing her math homework, she played with mathematics outside of school, solving problems that she found in books. In high school, she was extremely fortunate to take George Polya's short course in mathematical logic and to give a presentation about continued fractions, both of which made her aware that it was more fun to learn by discovery than to be told how to solve problems and just to apply a formula. She enjoyed most of my math classes in college but she found Concrete Mathematics, taught by Donald Knuth, far more intriguing than all of the other math courses. To inspire students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative, creative problem-solving, Nancy founded the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, which is described in the Huffington Post article and on the JRMF website.

Stan Isaacs
Computer Programmer and Teacher
A computer programmer, Stan retired from Hewlett Packard in 2002. He teaches in UNIX/Linus class locally. Also, in his spare time, he teaches vintage dancing (which is social dancing from the early 20th century and the 19th century) and folk dancing. He plays at mathematics (which was Isaacs' major in college), and collect mechanical puzzles of all types. Isaacs collects books of Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland and more.)

Chris Morgan
Computer Consultant and Author
A computer scientist, author, magician, musician, photographer, book collector, and puzzle designer & collector. He is a member of the International Puzzle Party. In 2012, he hosted the 32nd annual puzzle party in Washington, D.C.. He has written several books about the hi-tech world, and is a member of the Grolier Club, a book-collecting society. Chris is currently editing a book about Lewis Carroll's game and puzzle pamphlets for the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. In the past, he was Editor of Byte magazine, an early magazine about personal computing, and was also a vice president at Lotus Development Corporation.

Colm Mulcahy
Chairman of the Martin Gardner Centennial Committee
Colm Mulcahy is professor of mathematics at Spelman College, in Atlanta, where he has taught since 1988. He got to know Martin Gardner in 2000, around the time he started publishing original mathemagical principles and effects. His long-running bi-monthly Card Colm for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) is now in its tenth year. He also blogs at the Aperiodical and the Huffington Post. His latest book is Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects (AK Peters/CRC Press, 2013)

John S Railing
Executive Director of G4G foundation
Magician and Author
Widely considered to be one of the country's top close-up magicians, John travels extensively to perform throughout the world. He has co-authored two successful series of magic kits for kids published by Scholastic Books. He has amassed one of the largest collections of pop-up and movable books. He is passionate about recreational mathematics and the books of Martin Gardner and delights in the Aha! moments that Gardner inspired.

Bill Ritchie
Co-Founder and President of ThinkFun game company
He is the co-founder and CEO of ThinkFun games, the world's leading maker of addictively fun games that build reasoning and creative thinking skills through play. As a TEDx speaker and former TED book store curator, Bill is a thought leader in puzzles and education. Bill is a respected member of the international puzzle community and was a personal friend of Martin's. In 2000, he received the Sam Loyd Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mechanical Puzzles from the Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors.

Mark Setteducati
A Magician and Inventor of Magic, Illusions, Games and Puzzles
Setteducati creates many magic, game and toy products that have been marketed by companies worldwide, including Milton Bradley's Magic Works, the most successful Magic trick series ever produced. He is the author and inventor of The Magic Show, a self-performing interactive book of magic, published by Workman Publishing.

He is a co-founder and organizer of The Gathering 4 Gardner, a bi-annual conference that celebrates the work of Martin Gardner. In March 2012, he was appointed President of Gathering 4 Gardner, inc., a non-profit corporation.

He has the largest novelty pen collection in the world, with over ten thousand pens, which he uses in his lectures on Creativity. In January 2011, he and his pen collection were featured as the cover story of Magic Magazine.

Scott
Count of Mystery

Tanya Thompson
Chair G4G-CoM Committee
Tanya is passionate about puzzles, games, mathematics, and education. She started her career as a high school mathematics teacher but now is a part of Product and Program Development team for the world's leader in mind-challenging games, think Fun. She is also head of Inventor Relations for ThinkFun™ where she travels the world meeting inventors looking for their next big game! Also, she was honored to be a personal friend of Martin Gardner and thrilled to be continuing to promote his life's work with the Celebration Of Mind.

Gathering 4 Gardner Foundation Officers and Committees

There are Science and Magic committees, and two committees focusing on the Centennial.
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party , and don't be late!

Mysterious Assistant
Veronica Kai Yung

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