How Did They Do That? Discovery Place Mystifies with ‘Science on the Rocks: Smoke and Mirrors’

 "CHARLOTTE, N.C. Is your mind playing tricks on you, or is it all just smoke and mirrors? On Friday, February 20, grab your friends for Discovery Place’s adults-only event, Science on the Rocks: Smoke & Mirrors, featuring the new exhibition ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems.  

In ILLUSION, you will experience mind-bending illusions that are designed to make you question reality through techniques used in magic, neuroscience, biology, physics and technology. Experience a virtual haircut, watch digital bugs crawl from a computer screen onto your body, be awed by solid geometric figures as they transform before your eyes and many other sensory deceptions. You will be amazed at the way science and art come together in this mind-boggling exhibition.

Watch as the impossible becomes possible with special guest performances throughout the evening. Get an insider’s look at the mystery of magic and illusions with illusionist Carl Michael (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)  You won’t believe your eyes with slight-of-hand tricks by Righteous Raul. Step into the ethereal world of bubbles with The Fettuccini Brothers’ bubbleology where guests can be enclosed in a bubble (be sure to snap a photo before you pop!) Glance into your future with a transcendent Tarot card reading from Madame Satarma. Admire a gravity-defying aerial performance from Caroline Calouche & Co. as dancers are suspended from the ceiling on a geometric cube (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.). Then prepare to be amazed at the Stage by a special illusion show at 7:00 p.m.

Witness your drink vanish into thin air with a Vaportini, a special vaporized cocktail that is inhaled rather than swallowed. Guests can sample a bourbon, gin or flavored vodka shot, but choose carefully as there’s only one per guest. You can enter to win your own Vaportini kit to take home. Then head to the bar to sip on the night’s signature drink, the Smoking Bourbon Cocktail, featuring smoked bourbon, lime juice and a smoked simple syrup.

Let the magic happen as you explore the science of magic with funhouse mirrors, a laser maze and special lab activities that shed light on illusions. In Explore More Stuff, experiment with robots that can draw, connect electronic art pieces using circuits, create art through chemical reactions and discover how light and shadows can create optical illusions. In Explore More Life, get an insider’s look at optics with a cow eyeball dissection. Discovery Place educators will do a dissection every hour on the hour, so don’t miss out!

Science on the Rocks takes place the third Friday of each month from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door (tax included). Parking in Discovery Place Parking Deck is not included. Guests must be age 21 and older to enter. Photo IDs are required. Guests can purchase tickets online at or via phone at 704.372.6261 x300.

About Science on the Rocks
Science on the Rocks is Discovery Place’s new adults-only event that takes place the third Friday of every month from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Guests age 21+ have a chance to explore the Museum afterhours to “play like a kid and party like an adult.” Each month has a theme, and unlike fieldtrips from your childhood, Science on the Rocks transforms each floor with bars and music from Channel 96.1, 102.9The Lake, 96.9 The Kat and 106.5 The End. So meet your friends, bring a date or leave the kids at home for a Friday night you won’t soon forget.

About Discovery Place
One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science and nature. The Museum brings relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking exhibitions, interactive educational programming and hands-on activities.

Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street. Convenient parking is available in the Museum’s parking deck – the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets. For more information about Discovery Place, call 704.372.6261, visit or connect with Discovery Place on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Discovery Place, Inc. owns and operates Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum, Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville and Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham and is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council."

- A Press Release

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