PINC Second Fridays – November

The Magician’s Desire: Illusion, Psychoanalysis and the Found-Lost Self

Jed Sekoff, PhD, In Discussion with Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW

Friday Nov 12, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

2nd Fridays

alyerWe all face the world with a deep hunger to be recognized, just as we all turn away eager—or desperate—to hide and escape. The Magician, whether an escape artist, illusionist, expert at sleight of hand, or mind-reader, plays both sides of this coin. This is the realm of the “found-lost self”, the perpetual flow of our appearance and our vanishing. We will explore this terrain with the help of the magician-mentalists Derek DelGaudio and Derren Brown, alongside fellow “magicians” such as Winnicott, Milner, and Freud, with perhaps a touch of unexpected help from Claude Lévi-Strauss, Emily Dickinson, and Ingmar Bergman. Besides rabbits, our magician’s hat may hold further surprises involving thought-transference, mesmeric desire, as well as the centrality of doubt in the constitution of self.

CE Credits offered: 1.5

Course Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  1. To become familiar with the concept of the “found-lost self” with implications for clinical practice and social theory.
  2. To utilize the example of the magician’s art to probe the nature of illusion and the deep needs of the self to be both hidden and seen.
  3. To link together psychoanalytic concepts of desire, loss, and the recognition of self. – 415-288-4050 — 530 Bush St, Suite 700, SF CA USA —

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November 12th, 2021 6:30 PM
Online via Zoom (Pacific Time Zone)
United States
Event Fee(s)
No Fee $ 0.00
Suggested Donation
General Admission $ 20.00
Member Admission $ 10.00
Candidate or Student $ 5.00
CE Credits (1.5) $ 15.00