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Tall Tales about the Mind and BrainSeparating fact from fiction$
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Sergio Della Sala

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.001.0001

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The magic in the brain: how conjuring works to deceive our minds

The magic in the brain: how conjuring works to deceive our minds

(p.36) Chapter 3 The magic in the brain: how conjuring works to deceive our minds
Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain

Massimo Polidoro

Oxford University Press

‘Conjuring’ is a word that indicates the ancient art of making sensorial or optical illusions appear as real. It is a form of entertainment in which, by the use of trickery, the conjurer appears to be able to control and violate the laws of nature. ‘Magic’ is a synonym, and it was commonly thought then, and often still is today, that magic tricks work because ‘the hand is quicker than the eye’, or because magicians use tricked apparatus. Equipment may play an important part in the trick or may be inconsequential. What is always true, however, is that a considerable part of the success of a magician's performance is based on the use of psychology. This chapter shows how the mind can be tricked in many ways.

Keywords:   magic, conjuring, deception, magicians, conjuring, optical illusion

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