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Anthony Vinson

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It's no secret that I am fascinated by the intersection of science and magic, particularly the doors that neuroscience and psychology have opened for us in the past couple of decades. Here's a scholarly article, written by a psychologist who is also an amateur magician, that delves into misdirection. 

Dr. Kuhn, the author of the paper, also has a new book out, Experiencing the Impossible: The Science of Magic. 

Interested in any thoughts about this article, or the subject in general.

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A different branch of science, but Eric Mead does a really cool demo in some of his talks on science and magic.  You can see it in this youtube video, starting about 9:20



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Joe Schwartz mixes Chemistry and Magic.  Long time customer and friend of ours.  His chemistry classes are amazing. 




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Max Maven talks about mathematical principles and magic. 




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I’m no physicist but I read this yesterday. Made me grin. Others would be better choices to ask for an explanation. But it seems to fit in this thread.

 
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I’m no physicist but I read this yesterday. Made me grin. Others would be better choices to ask for an explanation. But it seems to fit in this thread.


Love it, Gareth!

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Max Maven talks about mathematical principles and magic. 





Thanks, Don. That was interesting and entertaining.

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and there's this!

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This thread got me thinking about doing a trick using a Schrödinger's cat patter but instead of the cat being alive or dead; is the card red or black?

Maybe could adapt Harry's Observation Test or Doc Dailey's Last Trick?

Hum, something to play around with...[smile]


Sure, that'd work. Technically, though, Erwin's cat in the experiment would be simultaneously alive and dead until observed as one or the other or neither. Now that lends to some interesting presentational possibilities...

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Folks, I am deep into Dr. Kuhn's book, and it's great. Great, that is, if you are interested in the psychological and neurological concepts that are actually behind creating magic in the minds of our spectators. Prior to getting the book, I ruffled the fur of a few folks over at the Genii Forum with my assertion that what we magicians call misdirection is actually far more complex and broader than we thought. This book supports that assertion, but it does so far better than I could, and it is footnoted to a fare-the-well. If you love theory, this book will engage and energize you. Once I have finished, I will post a brief review.

One other thing, reading this book along side The Magic Rainbow is a real head trip. The science and the art are an interesting combination to consider. It's every bit as flavorful as someone getting their chocolate in your peanut butter. (No, that's not salacious in the least. It's a Baby Boomer reference. If you don't get it, then Google it!)

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