Brief biography

Professor Richard Wiseman started his working life as a professional magician, currently holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and has gained an international reputation for research into psychology of luck, self-help, persuasion, and illusion.  His best-selling books have been translated into over 30 languages and he has presented keynote addresses at several organisations, including Microsoft, The Royal Society, Caltech, and Google.

Richard is the most followed British psychologist on Twitter, has created viral videos that have received over 30 million views, and was recently named as one of the top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live.  Over 2 million people have taken part in his mass participation experiments, and he has acted as a creative consultant to Derren Brown, The MythBusters, CBS’s The Mentalist, and Heston Blumenthal.