Brain Candy Live! – Science, Laughter, and The Joy of Curiosity

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This week I had the opportunity to see an amazing show called Brain Candy Live! Hosted by Michael Stevens (of Vsauce fame) and Adam Savage (of Myth Busters fame).  To quote the show’s own about page, “They’re bringing along their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that’s an interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience like no other.”

I’ve been excited about this show since the preview video came out, and we bought our tickets the same night.  I’ve always loved learning and find the layman accessible version of science that Michael and Adam are both known for to be fascinating.  The idea of combining these two personalities with more of their usual curiosity-building demonstrations and explanations, sounded like the best kind of entertainment.

And they did not disappoint.

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I’m not going to go into detail about the show so I don’t spoil it for anyone who has a chance to see it, but it was a truly amazing experience.  Having already been a fan of both Michael Stevens and Adam Savage, I knew it would be a funny show with lots of puns (which I love).  Where else are you likely to see air, ping pong balls, trash cans, fog machines, plastic bottles, hair driers, and leaf blowers combined in ways their manufacturers never intended to demonstrate real scientific principals in fun and visually exciting ways?

But it was also so much more than that.

It was a chance to see so many people of all ages coming together to support a show that was all about sharing the joy of curiosity and the potential of science.  It was a chance to laugh with everyone (Adam and Michael included) when the precocious six-year-old at the front knew all the answers.  It was a chance to hear someone I admire remind me that while the current administration is scary, there are no fewer scientists (or climate scientists) than there were before the inauguration (come to think of it, there might actually be more).  It was a chance to laugh with joy, gasp with awe, and cheer with glee beside my partner in all things and the love of my life.

It was a chance to feel like a kid again.

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If Brain Candy Live! is coming to a theater near you, I highly recommend it.  Take your kids, parents, relative, and friends with you.  I don’t think the show will be the same any two times it’s performed (we were not the first stop and one device used in the who was built on the theater’s loading dock that afternoon) but I know that it will always be well worth seeing.

If anyone else has seen the show, I’d love to hear what you thought.  If not, is there an educational show (theater or TV) that you love?  I’m always looking for new and interesting things to try to see or learn about.

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