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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Susana Martinez-Conde is a professor of ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is author of the Prisma Prize-winning Sleights of Mind, along with Stephen L. Macknik and Sandra Blakeslee. Their forthcoming book, Champions of Illusion, will be published by Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
MARCOS LAINEZ, COURTESY OF SUNY DOWNSTATE MEDICAL CENTER