David Kwong: “The Enigmatist Builds a Puzzle” | Talks at Google

David Kwong constructed the NY Times crossword puzzle for Sunday, 17 February. In this talk, David reflects on how he constructed the puzzle, and discusses some of his favorite NY Times puzzles. He also provides a glimpse into the world he describes in his compelling show, The Enigmatist, now playing at the High Line Hotel. The show is an immersive theatrical event where theatergoers experience a mysterious world that blends illusion with custom-made riddles and puzzles.

David Kwong is a magician and cruciverbalist (crossword constructor) who mixes puzzles and prestidigitation. Kwong was the head magic consultant on the worldwide hit film Now You See Me and is the secret code consultant for NBC’s Blindspot. A TED Talk favorite, Kwong recently published Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion (HarperCollins), which breaks down the neuroscience of how your brain is fooled.

Moderated by Tom Smith.