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Topic: Neuro-science
Message: Posted by: John Long (Mar 21, 2011 04:22PM)
A PBS station had a show on how our brains work. They started with clips of Appolo Robinson, and Penn & Teller.

It was interesting:
- They tracked the spectators eyes to show that they tend to watch that which is moving (in one case, a simple French drop, with an arched move of the hand that takes the coin) would catch the viewer' attention.

- In a related bit, they found that if they blocked the view of Teller's head, the cups & balls was not as effective at fooling people.

Maybe neuro-science is catching up to the magic literature.


Posted: Mar 21, 2011 9:31pm
Hmmm, I think that should have been neural-science
Message: Posted by: Hawkan (Apr 2, 2011 12:25PM)
It sounds like the show is somewhat based on the book "Sleights of mind - what the neuroscience of magic reveals about our everyday deceptions" by Stephen L Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde.

Message: Posted by: Bugatti (Apr 4, 2011 03:33PM)
Håkan, that sounds really interesting. Have you read this book? Can you recommend it?


Message: Posted by: Hawkan (Apr 5, 2011 02:14PM)
I´v read it and I recommend it. I think I got from Amazon.