Magic and the Mind

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Alex Stone tells of his quest to join the ranks of master magicians and explains magic’s connection to psychology, neuroscience, physics, history, and even crime. Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind looks at the world of magic and uncovers a wealth of insight into human nature and the nature of perception.


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Comments [2]

Stella from Manhattan

When I was two, I saw a magician transform a rope (which he inserted into a funnel made out of newspaper) into a stream of pineapple juice. I was beside myself with delight. A few years later, I saw the looking glass melt during a Saturday afternoon performance of Alice Through the Looking Glass at the Henry Street Settlement, and bounded up the stairs at the side of the stage to follow Alice through the glass before someone else's father grabbed me and led me, heart broken, back to my seat. I've suspended disbelief and experienced other epiphanies throughout my life, although fewer as I've gotten older. I guess I'm just lucky (and Hungarian, which helps).

Jun. 19 2012 12:57 PM

The Amazing Randi used to make exactly the point about kids that the guest just did. Randi applied something like this awareness to expose charlatans like Uri Geller.

Jun. 19 2012 12:47 PM

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