Dr Matt Pritchard
Dr Matt Pritchard
Dr Matt Pritchard is a science magician and Curator of Wonder. He is also passionate about simplifying the complex, sparking new questions and salted caramel cookies.
As an independent science communicator he performs to 100+ schools a year and works with organisations like The Royal Institution, The Big Bang Fairs, and the Science Museum Group. He is currently researching the use of mystery and wonder in the classroom. Previously Matt studied Atomic Physics at Durham University using high powered lasers; where he won the Institute of Physics' Postgraduate Lecturer award. He subsequently went on to work within the Education Department at Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham. In addition, he has spent the last 18 years working as a professional magician and is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle - one of only 300 people in the world to hold this distinction.
Perhaps now more than ever there is a place for wonder workers. To grab our attention; to overcome bad assumptions; to perform the impossible; to take us to new territories; to show us new things; to fuel our dreams. Magicians are seen as entertainers but I feel we should aspire to being more than just that. I like to think of myself as a “Curator of Wonder” – someone who searches, filters and shares marvels in the hope it will spark curiosity in the audience to embark on their own journey of discovery. To create a memorable moment that will propel them forward. I’m going to leave the last words with David Copperfield – a modern day Brunel in his drive for the impossible:
"My job is to make people dream. Of course, there’s a lot of technical stuff behind the scenes and a lot of hard work behind it, but I get to watch people see the result of that hard work and feel that wonder and feel that discovery, all the time."