Museum Exhibits and Events

First Friday: False Reality: Illusions, Oddities and Tesla

When: Fri., Nov. 6, 6 p.m. 2015

Reality is overrated. It involves alarm clocks, the paying of bills and all sorts of tiresome responsibilities. But virtual reality, illusions, simulacra — these ideas are fascinating in theory and practice. The Saint Louis Science Center celebrates the magic of, er, magic at 6 p.m. tonight with False Reality: Illusions, Oddities and Tesla at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium (Faulkner and Clayton drives; 314-289-4424 or You can attempt to make yourself invisible in the cloaking experience, create your own holograph, be dazzled by a science demonstration that takes you inside Tesla's workshop or wonder at the superhuman cerebral feats of Zi the Mentalist. Even the planetarium itself gets in on the act as Radiant Studio Works uses its 3D projection mapper to alter the surface of the building. Admission to First Friday is free, but some activities require a nominal fee.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission