Sleight of hand artist, theatrical pickpocket, and our collaborator in some of our earliest neuromagic studies, Apollo Robbins (aka The Gentleman Thief) explains and demonstrates the art of misdirection in his TedGlobal 2013 lecture.
For more neuroscience of magic, starring Apollo Robbins, see our previous blog post:
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Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik are laboratory directors at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. They serve on Scientific American Mind's board of advisers and are authors of Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions, with Sandra Blakeslee, now in paperback (http://sleightsofmind.com). Their forthcoming book, Champions of Illusion, will be published by Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.