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darshwood
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I do presentations for the Psychology class at a local high school every semester for the past year. My job is to offer a quick show that details the concept of sense perception. Recently I started using this as an opportunity to study, in greater depth, the role that psychology plays in our art form.

Does anyone have any strong resources they can reference.

I've already delved into Peter Lamont and Richard Wiseman's "Magic in Theory" as well as much of Malcom Gladwell's catalog and the Invisible Gorilla book. I'm looking for as much material as I can find on sense perception. All help is graciously appreciated.

Thanks,
Darsh
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"Conjurors Psychological secrets" by Sam Sharpe.

"The Psychology of Deception (Why Magic Works)" by Jason Randall (which is actually baased on the dissertation that earned him his PHD in Social Psychology).

Thinking on the psychology of magic is strewn about in various other works by Sharpe, Burger, Ortiz and Tamariz to name just a few.
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Are you familiar with the works of Gestalt and what is better known as the "Gestalt Principles"?
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The way you have worded your reply implies that "Gestalt" is a person.
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Despite their academic level Peter Lamont and Richard Wiseman's "Magic in Theory" is not very deep.

Naturally the laws of Pragnanz and the Gestalt laws are center stage in any study of magic but if you want to understand how they are triggered, check
Arturo Ascanio' the Magic of Ascanio (only the first volume) for manipulating the spectators logic
Darwin Ortiz's Desiging Miracles is also an absolute must
Another compulsory reading is in the first chapters of The Magic World of Slydini by Karl Fulves
You definitely need to listen and read Kenton Knepper's Wonder Words for patter design and his Art of Suggestion as well as writings on Indirection and Rants for Raven
You may also want to read the small booklet by Gary Kurz Leading with you Head
Then
Henning Nelms Magic and Showmanship
Al Leech, Don't look now, the smart slant to misdirection
Darwin Ortiz, Strong Magic
Derren Brown, Pure Effect
Dariel Fitzkee, Magic by Misdirection
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Jeff Dial
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I'll add Micheal Close's article "Assumptions" from Workers 5.

Also I think there was some information in Our Magic that I thought would fit into the whole psychology of magic discussion.
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Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions:

http://www.amazon.com/Sleights-Mind-Neur......6&sr=8-1
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Scientific American magazine has done a couple of articles on the subject over the last few years.
Check these out:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/articl......he-brain
and
http://www.scientificamerican.com/articl......er-magic
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Did you show them the one where you cross your fingers then put a marble between?

Or how two close matchsticks feel like one depending on where on your arm you touch?

There's also some fine videos showing how color perception is context sensitive (grey square on checkerboard- brown square in more recent one) also some perspective stuff.

I hope you realized that the Lamont and Wiseman book is about psychology "as understood by magicians" and discussed in terms used by magicians, IE it's not a psychology book - as it's missing much of what's taught in first year studies and does not discuss the developmental/cognitive work on guile and "other minds".

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