Dionysium Show

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What we learned: The Dionysium Show is a quarterly evening entertainment variety program in the style of a club devoted to intellectual topics that takes place in a movie theater that serves food and drink. Challenge was to do meaningful math engaging both individuals and the group who are in a theater sitting in the dark, unable to write notes do calculations or interact in small groups.

MathHappens: To create a participatory element, we played the Birthday Game by recording birthdays (day/month) of attendees as they arrived and gave prizes (books) to twins. We also handed out the “coin trick” (a challenge to pass a quarter through a hole in a bit of paper that is the size of a dime) which was a favorite of Lewis Carroll who was known to offer puzzles to dinner companions even in formal settings.

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