"I turn away… and swap the deck
for a normal one…"
The magician Teller of the magic /comedy duo Penn and Teller explains 7 principles of deception used in magic:
In the last half decade, magicnormally deemed entertainment fit only for children and tourists in Las Vegashas become shockingly respectable in the scientific world. Even Inot exactly renowned as a public speakerhave been invited to address conferences on neuroscience and perception. I asked a scientist friend (whose identity I must protect) why the sudden interest. He replied that those who fund science research find magicians "sexier than lab rats."
I’m all for helping science. But after I share what I know, my neuroscientist friends thank me by showing me eye-tracking and MRI equipment, and promising that someday such machinery will help make me a better magician.
I have my doubts. Neuroscientists are novices at deception. Magicians have done controlled testing in human perception for thousands of years.
Learn the 7 secrets: Teller Reveals His Secrets. The smaller, quieter half of the magician duo Penn & Teller writes about how magicians manipulate the human mind, Smithsonian>>