A Night of Mystery at the Philosophical Research Society - Atlas Obscura

Los Angeles, California

A Night of Mystery at the Philosophical Research Society

Get to the heart of magic in a mystical Los Angeles enclave.

Where better to engage in a night of mystery and magic than a nearly century-old library, surrounded by the works of the world's most illuminating spiritualists, thinkers, and ponderers? 

Join Atlas Obscura at the Philosophical Research Society Library, surrounded by more than 50,000 beautiful volumes of works of philosophy, for the second installment of this series, focusing on the craft and art of magic. This event, curated exclusively for the Atlas Obscura community, features two young and dynamic professional performers: Rmax Goodwin and David Stryker.

Rmax Goodwin (pronounced "Ar-Max") is lauded by clients and peers alike as an incredible entertainer. His award-winning magic is marked by expert sleight-of-hand, witty banter, and an approachable style. His mentalism is punctuated by clever humor, philosophical insights, and incredible mind reading. His impressive techniques have earned him multiple appearances on the television program Masters of Illusion, and he currently travels the country performing for exclusive corporate meetings and private parties.

David Stryker is an award-winning magician and mentalist. A former student of renowned sleight-of-hand expert John Guastaferro, Stryker began creating original magic and performing at restaurants and parties while still in middle school. At nineteen he became one of the youngest performers to ever headline the world-famous Magic Castle. To date, Stryker’s Magic Castle performances number in the hundreds, and he has since performed around the globe and for some of the world's most prominent companies including Amazon, Disney, and Netflix.


  • The Philosophical Research Society bookstore will be open one hour before the performance begins. Attendees are welcome to browse and will be able to buy books. 
  • Recommended for ages 16 and up.
  • There is limited parking at the Philosophical Research Society property; street parking is available, please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion.


Email Siegfried Tieber at sigi.tieber@atlasobscura.com.

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