neuroscience

The Power of Illusion

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The mind is a wonderful biological machine that can make very fast, very accurate, mistakes. Derren Brown convinces two girls that the forks they're holding is bending at great angles and speeds - almost like warm rubber. Unfortunately, you won't see this for yourself. You'll only see the expressions and reactions of the two girls.

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Penn and Teller - Cups and Ball Trick

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Following up on Penn and Teller's 7 Principles of Magic, here they perform the standard cups and ball trick. But this time they use clear plastic cups in the repeat to exploit the gaps in human perception.

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Penn and Teller - Sleight of Hand

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"The aim of magic is not to outsmart, but to entertain."

Penn and Teller are well-known for exposing their techniques while performing their tricks. In this way they are exposing gaps in human perception - even if you knew how the trick works, your mind will simply not compute it. This has made them famous because they are treating the audience as intelligent adults!

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