Thursday, May 7, 2009

Good Read: Teller talks the science of magic

Second to James Randi, Penn and Teller were the most influential magicians in my early years. Good thing they usurped the title from Doug Henning and David Copperfield.

Randi, Penn, and Teller all contributed to forming my skepticism and view of the world. I know that had I not been introduced to their work that my view of the world would be much different than it is.

In this month's issue of Wired, Teller of Penn and Teller discusses The Neuroscience of Magic.

I find it amazing how we can watch a magic trick and know that it is a magic trick and still not see how the trick works.

When I was in college, I had a friend who was a magician. He and his magic friends used to use me as an observer. Over time, I learned to see through some of the tricks. Even with practice, I can't follow a true slight of hand master like Ricky Jay.

I can go over Jay's cup and balls clip and still the trick fools me.

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