How Magic Works, and What it Says About Our Brains

Thursday, December 16, 2010

cards, shuffle, magic, hands (Todd Klassy/flickr)

We’re going to take a bit of a risk today, and try to explain the science of something extremely visual in a primarily auditory medium. We’re going to talk about magic, why sleight-of-hand works, and what it says about how our brains function. Warning: magic spoilers ahead!


Helping us through this conversation are two experts in the field of “neuro-magic.” Dr. Stephen Macknik and Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde are co-authors, along with Sandra Blakeslee, of “Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About our Everyday Deceptions.”



Stephen Macknick and Susana Martinez-Conde

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

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