Register for TAM 2013 Now Do not wait! Tickets are selling fast and registration prices will increase after March 31. We are expecting over 1,000 attendees again this year and if we fill up will be forced to close registration.
The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) is the leading conference focused on scientific skepticism. People from all over the world come to TAM each year to share learning, laughs, and the skeptical perspective with their friends and a host of distinguished guest speakers, panelists, and workshop presenters.
This annual gathering of critical thinkers is an unparalleled opportunity to make like-minded friends, enjoy some of the brightest minds on issues important to us, and leave with tools for spreading a helpful and skeptical message to those who might be hurt by charlatans and unfounded belief. TAM is like a vacation from the nonsense we confront every day, and a time to celebrate skepticism.
TAM is organized by the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). Now in its 11th year, TAM began when members of the JREF’s online community had the idea for a small gathering in Ft. Lauderdale. More than 150 attendees came to the first TAM in 2003, and since then, the JREF has sponsored fifteen such such events. In recent years, TAM has grown to attract well over 1,000 attendees.
JREF and its team of volunteers and staff are proud to bring you talks, panels, workshops, and entertainment featuring some of the brightest and most engaging people in science and skepticism. But the best thing about TAM is still the community and camaraderie.
The theme of this year’s program is “Fighting the Fakers,” focusing on scientific skepticism. The inimitable musician, skeptic, and Geologic Podcast host George Hrab will once again be returning as Master of Ceremonies.
A major motivation for going to TAM is that skeptics care deeply about people and they know that when people believe in nonsense, they often get hurt. And at TAM 2013 we will explore ways to fight back. This is central to the mission of the James Randi Educational Foundation— Randi has been fighting the fakers for decades, and the JREF works to continue and expand that impact.
Our objectives for TAM 2013 are:
- To feature a variety of presentations on how to best “fight back” against irresponsible promoters of paranormal and pseudoscientific nonsense in our society, whether through outreach, science education, activism, or new approaches online or in new media.
- To provide top notch evening entertainment, including live music, magic, and comedy performances; and
- To foster community among the many hundreds of like-minded attendees, through social activities including conference meals and social events.
TAM has become the largest conference to focus on science, skepticism and critical thinking over the past ten years, and has become the must-go-to event for skeptics and science advocates.
Register for TAM Today Join the more than 1,000 like minded people for four days of fun, fellowship, and critical thinking in Las Vegas!
TAM 2013 will be four full days of skeptical programing running from 8:00 a.m. until after midnight most nights, and will include:
- Ten workshops offering hands-on activist and educational training.
- General sessions featuring dozens of talks, a number of panel discussions, and special keynote presentations.
- The TAM Store, featuring books by TAM Speakers and six book signing sessions by authors.
- Two live tapings of Skeptics Guide to the Universe, featuring Dr. Steve Novella, Jay Novella, Bob Novella, and Evan Bernstein.
- An SGU fundraising dinner and two private JREF “VIP luncheons” with Randi and other speakers.
- A Skeptics’ Poker Tournament
- Three stellar evening shows: What “THEY” Don’t Want You To Know, Paul Provenza’s SATIRISTAS, and Magic, Mayhem, and Mentalism
- Penn Jillette’s Private Rock & Roll, Doughnut and Bacon Party
- An exciting exhibit hall featuring TAM sponsors and other partners highlighting their services and products of interest to the skeptic community.
- A live test for JREF’s Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge.
- And hundreds of like-minded folks like celebrating critical thinking and scientific skepticism.
Everyone who comes to TAM enjoys the ‘TAM experience,’ but for those who want to enjoy access to all regular events at The Amaz!ng Meeting, The TAM Experience Package is an upgraded registration option that includes the following: (a) regular conference registration; (b) the All Workshop Pass; (c) tickets to all TAM evening shows; and (d) special, reserved VIP seating in all main program sessions and evening shows. This is the perfect way to have a great time while supporting a great cause. (Note: The TAM Experience Package does not include buy in to the Skeptics’ Poker Tournament, tickets to the SGU fundraising dinner, nor the fundraising luncheon with James Randi and friends.)
The following preliminary schedule is for planning purposes. Blue events are included with TAM registration, while Orange events require an additional ticket purchase. Gray events indicate breaks in programing for meals not included with registration. A more detailed schedule will be will be made available closer to the event.
* Program subject to change.
* More presenters to be announced.
These hand-on educational workshops and activist training sessions are separately ticketed events held before the main program begins on Thursday, July 11. Attendees may register for workshops separately or purchase an All Workshop Pass.
Note: An All Workshop Pass entitles you to enter any of the ten workshops, but because workshops run in concurrent tracks, you will not be able to attend each one.
- Workshop 1A
- How Your Camera Lies to You
- Workshop 1B
- Blogging Skepticism
- Workshop 2A
- Skepticism Across the Curriculum
- Workshop 2B
- Crowd-Sourcing Skepticism
- Workshop 3A
- Spiritualism 101
- Workshop 3B
- Supporting Skepticism Around the World
- Workshop 4A
- Science Based Medicine
- Workshop 4B
- Preserving Skeptic History
- Workshop 5A
- How Rational Are We?
- Workshop 5B
- Taking On Woo in Martial Arts
* Detailed workshop information to be announced.
Our evening shows are among the most talked-about and memorable aspects of TAM. We offer skeptic-themed comedy, magic, and other top-notch entertainment every night of the program.
This year, evening events will include:
- Thurs. 9:00 p.m.
- What “THEY” Don’t Want You To Know
An Evening of Humor from Skepticism’s Leading Dis-Information Agents. Find out if hypnosis works on skeptics. See the world’s most convincing “proof of aliens” evidence. Watch audience members be transformed into psychics. Witness demonic possession and a live exorcism. See Banachek turn into his own worst nightmare.
What others are saying about Bryan and Baxter:
“They are disinformation agents working for a secret government black ops program.” – Jeff Peckman in the Wall Street Journal
“Hideously irresponsible and borderline criminal” – Fr. Daniel Gargullio III aka Dr. Gargoyle
“The Laurel and Hardy of the paranormal” – J. Allen Danalek (A Case For Ghosts)
“The Greatest Show on Earth!” – Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger)
- Fri. 9:00 p.m.
- ¡SATIRISTAS! — Live in Concert
Paul Provenza, the celebrated comic and social critic, presents a cadre of provocateurs and proud comic voices targeting hypocrisy, media distortion and the institutionalized ignorance infecting America. These skeptical comedians are distinguished by the savage bite of their wit, virtuosic command of irony and finely tuned bullshit detectors. Celebrating the spirit of the book of the same name, ¡SATIRISTAS! will chew the fat of traditional credulity and leave you wanting more.
- Fri. 11:00 p.m.
- Penn Jillette’s Private Rock & Roll, Doughnut and Bacon Party
Be forewarned —
This really is Penn’s private party. He’s paying for everything and JREF has nothing to do with it. This party will be whatever Penn wants; it’s not a JREF event.
there will be stupid rock and roll
there will be obscenity
there will be scantily clad people
there will be 1200 Krispy Kreme doughnuts and tons of bacon
you will learn nothing
Everyone at TAM is invited, and it is free to attend. There is a suggested donation to the JREF at the door of $20.00 or more.
Note: This event is neither paid for nor sponsored by the JREF.
- Sat. 9:00 p.m.
- Magic, Mayhem and Mentalism!
Produced by Jamy Ian Swiss, MAGIC, MAYHEM and MENTALISM! will feature a variety of literally amazing performers – magicians, mentalists, and more – in an all-star line-up. Our first foray into “Magic, Mayhem and Mentalism” at TAM 7 was a great success. This year we will be presenting an all-new lineup – featuring none other than the great Todd Robbins, the King of the Coney Island Sideshow, and star of the hit Off-Broadway show, “Play Dead!” We’re thrilled to have Todd back at TAM after several years, and this show promises to be a great one.
- Sat. 11:00 p.m.
- Skeptics’ Poker Tournament
Don’t miss this opportunity to compete against TAM speakers and other notable skeptics! Every round you survive seats you at another skeptic’s table. This special TAM event includes private cocktail servers and an open bar for the duration of the tournament.
The fundraising luncheons and SGU dinner are separately ticketed meals that are offered in addition to the meals included with conference registration.
Enjoy a private luncheon with James Randi and other VIPs from the program!
Don’t miss the opportunity to have an intimate catered luncheon with James Randi and other selected TAM luminaries. As a fundraiser for the JREF, we are offering an exclusive luncheon limited to 20 people.
Or how about Dinner with the cast of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe?
Join Dr. Steve Novella, and Jay, Bob, and Evan for this fundraiser dinner, a portion of the proceeds of which go to support the show.
We are back this year in the fantastic South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. This 2500+ room resort on Vegas’s growing South Strip offers a wide array of amenities. Along with the expected casino, pools, restaurants and lounges, South Point also houses a premium movie theater, bowling and even an equestrian center. Located a few miles south of the Strip, this hotel has all the convenience of Vegas without the hassle, and for folks driving from California, you arrive before the traffic gets heavy on the strip!
South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
9777 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89183
Phone: (866) 791-7626
Group discount code: AMA0707
Grandview Resort (next door to the Southpoint)
9940 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89183
Phone: (866) 752-9834
There is no group code for the Grandview.
Other Hotel Options
No block of rooms are held at these hotels. Rates fluctuate. Please call or book online.
Emerald Suites (1 mile from the Southpoint): 702-948-9999
Silverton Casino (3 miles from the Southpoint): 702-263-7777
The M Resort (4.5 miles from the Southpoint): 702-797-1000