Tuesday, August 12, 2008

While a Magician Works, the Mind Does the Tricks

I've always had a sweet spot for good magic, dating back to when I was a kid. Today's Science Times has an interesting article about the science of magic that folks might want to check out. Here is the set-up to the article:

In a paper published last week in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience, a team of brain scientists and prominent magicians described how magic tricks, both simple and spectacular, take advantage of glitches in how the brain constructs a model of the outside world from moment to moment, or what we think of as objective reality.

Here is a cool magic trick by Chris Angel:

And another:

Here is a segment of Larry King Live with Angel:

And, because David Blaine has become such a freak, here is a parody of his street magic:

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