World-renowned illusionist Mark Mitton delights and awes the crowd with interactive perception-versus-reality ‘tricks’ while audience votes are being tallied for the winner of BrainStorm 2018. Mark Mitton is a professional magician who is fascinated by using magic to better understand how we see the world. In addition to performing at events all over the world and creating magic for film and stage productions, Mark explores the theme of “Misdirection” from an interdisciplinary standpoint. He regularly presents on “Perception” at universities and conferences in North America and Europe, including the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and has lectured with the late Nobel Laureate Dr. Gerald Edelman of The Neurosciences Institute. BrainStorm Neuroscience Pitch Competition is an innovative pitch competition connecting early‐career neuroscience researchers with the capital they need to fund their research. Scientists pitch their ideas in groundbreaking neuroscience to an audience of Mind Science Foundation supporters, who cast their votes to award the first prize of a $30,000 Tom Slick Research Award in Consciousness, or runners up awards of $15,000. Learn more about the Mind Science Foundation and the Competition at https://mindscience.org/events/brains…. The Mind Science Foundation is committed to funding early-career researchers teamed with senior primary investigators in powerful labs to work on pilot studies that help them obtain grants for further research, with the addition of a strategic goal to incentivize the building of skills in translating complex neuroscience for a general audience. The Mind Science Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation supported by a special endowment from our founder, visionary philanthropist and entrepreneur, Thomas Baker Slick, Jr. But to fully realize our strategic goals of sponsoring research at a meaningful levels of funding, and providing educational opportunities to translate that research for the public, we rely on tax-deductible contributions from individuals, corporations, and granting foundations. For more information on how you can support our work, visit https://mindscience.org/.