Sleight-of-hand artist and pickpocket Apollo Robbins and neuroscientist Susana Martinez-Conde discuss attention and awareness in stage magic, including how neuroscientists learn about perception by studying magicians’ techniques for manipulating people’s attention, in a free talk titled The Magic of Perception (part of the Ars Scientia series). 6-7:30 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E. Randolph, 312-744-6630.