Thomas Fraps is a professional magician, ex-physicist and grown-up. He struggled with reality for the first 30 years of his life but finally won. Since then he travels the world as a professional magician and turns the laws of nature upside down (which he first studied as a physicist). Especially his alter ego "The False Expert", a special surprise speaker , delights and amazes audiences, at scientific conferences, corporate functions and business meetings worldwide, e.g. at an international medical congress in Munich, a supercomputer-conference in San Diego, a neuroscience meeting in Edinburgh or a corporateevent in NYC. The false expert knows everything about nothing and proves it with increasingly weird slides until the bluescreen of death ends the playful hoax and he reveals his true identity as an expert in entertaining deceptions, illusions and impossibilites.
Magician & Grown-up
False Expert, MC, Speaker and Author
His background as a physicist brought Thomas Fraps not only a two-year stint as the host of a science show on German TV, but also a portrait in the scientific journal "Nature" in 2005 (so far the only professional magician to receive this one page real estate). Since 2008 he collaborates with psychologists and brain scientists in London and Munich who design lab-experiments using magic to learn about human cognition and perception mechanisms. He is the co-author of several scientific papers and book chapters. He gives public talks on the history and art of magic, the deceptive tricks of the brain and has won awards at the World Championship of Magic in 2000 and was awarded "Lecturer of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts and Sciences in Hollywood (with his fellow magicians from the ensemble "The Flicking Fingers").