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Roger von Oech is an author, inventor, and speaker. His seminars and products have enriched the creativity of millions of people around the world.

He is the author of three creative thinking classics:
•A Whack on the Side of the Head,
•A Kick in the Seat of the Pants, and
•Expect the Unexpected.

His newest products are the Creative Whack Pack for the iPhone, and the X-Ball. The best-selling iPhone app is a handy virtual tool for overcoming mental blocks.

Are you more of a hands-on thinker? The X-Ball is a physical tool to inspire creativity, a skeletal icosidodecahedron made up of 30 X-shaped magnetic elements. This orb-like geometric figure is the reciprocal of the Ball of Whacks -- a solid shape of magnetic blocks that provides a new way to stimulate the thinking process.

Roger earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University in the "History of Ideas." He ’ is married, the father of two grown children, and lives in Woodside, California. He enjoys Masters swimming, travel, and reading history and science