Jamy Ian Swiss

Jamy Ian Swiss is a magician, author, and public speaker with more than 30 years of skeptical activism experience. He has appeared internationally for presenters ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the Smithsonian Institution. His U.S. television appearances include CBS's 48 Hours, PBS's Nova, and repeat appearances on The Today Show and The Late, Late Show. He is the author of books including three collections of essays: Shattering Illusions, Devious Standards, and Preserving Mystery; as well as The Art of Magic, the companion to the PBS documentary, and co-wrote the chapter "Explaining Magic" in Visual Explanations by Edward Tufte. He has produced and written for television, including Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular; created the Discovery Channel special, Cracking the Con Games; and served as head writer and co-director of the seven part international series, The Virtual Magician with Marco Tempest. He is producer of New York’s longest-running Off-Broadway magic show, Monday Night Magic, now in its 20th consecutive season.

Swiss is a co-founder of the National Capital Area Skeptics; a co-founder of the New York City Skeptics; has spoken and performed across the U.S. on behalf of the Center For Inquiry; has been a contributor to Skeptic magazine; has served Senior Fellow at the James Randi Educational Foundation, including appearing as an annual presenter at the TAM conference and serving as a member of the Million Dollar Challenge subcommittee; and was a founder and served as on-stage host of the annual Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism from 2009 through 2016. He currently serves as Vice-President of the San Diego Skeptic Society.