"Teller Reveals His Secrets: The smaller, quieter half of the magician duo Penn & Teller writes about how magicians manipulate the human mind. By Teller, Smithsonian magazine, March 2012. According to magician Teller, 'Neuroscientists are novices at deception. Magicians have done controlled testing in human perception for thousands of years.' "
15 facts about the brain. The human brain is the most amazing and baffling organ of our body, as well as the source of many mysteries. Although the human brain makes only 2 percent of our body weight it has over 100,000 miles of blood vessels! http://positivemed.com/2012/09/17/15-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-brain/#
Neuroscience Meets Magic - by Scientific American via itsoktobesmart: Neuroscientists Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde observe master gentleman magician/pickpocket Apollo Robbins and explain how he uses the human brain against itself. The direction, and misdirection, of our brain’s attention tendencies are at the core of every great illusion. This is amazing! #Magic #Neuroscience
We are often blind to the results of our own decisions. Once a choice is made, our minds tend to rewrite history in a way that flatters our volition, a fact magicians have exploited for centuries. “If you are given a choice, you believe you have acted freely,” said Teller, of the duo Penn and Teller, to Smithsonian magazine. “This is one of the darkest of all psychological secrets.”
Magic. When something 'unexplainable' seems to happen. When something wondrous or full of wonder happens. But really what we think of as magic is more often the result of simple fundamentals (on the part of the so-called magician) and paying attention. You can do both. Penn and Teller show you how...