Lakin McCarthy

Lakin McCarthy


Richard Wiseman

Psychologist, Author, Researcher, Mind Magician


Richard Wiseman

Richard holds the first and only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.

However, his first job was as a professional magician and street performer before turning to the study of the psychology of self-help, luck, deception and paranormal belief.

He has published a number of books including: The Luck Factor (2003), Quirkology (2007), 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot (2009), Night School: Wake up to the power of sleep (2014).

His research involves mass participation experiments in which over 2 million people have participated. His work has featured in TV programmes including Horizon, Equinox and World in Action and he regularly acts as a creative consultant. He has appeared on radio including Start the Week, Midweek and the Today programme for BBC Radio 4 and TV including the a panel game, Mind Games and People Watchers, which examines human behaviour. Richard was listed in the Independent On Sunday’s top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live.

He is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle, an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association, and a Fellow of the Rationalist Association.