ADVERTISEMENT
  About the SA Blog Network

Posts Tagged "magic"

But Seriously...

Annalee Newitz: Where did io9 get its name?

Annalee Newitz and Brian Malow

Today is Annalee Newitz‘s birthday (well, it’s still today in the most relevant time zone – uh, hers not mine). Annalee has been writing about the intersection of science and technology and culture for many years. It’s a busy intersection. Since 2008, she’s been editor-in-chief of one of my favorite websites, io9.com. If you don’t [...]

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Do Dogs Fall for Magic Tricks?

dog_magic

Animals can be deceived, but do animals feel wonderment, awe, or sense that they have experienced the impossible?

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Ask Me Anything: The Neuroscience of Magic at PeerJ

(c) 2013,  Courtesy of NOVA:scienceNow, WGBH

Tomorrow (Tue 16th Dec at 8 am PST) the journal PeerJ will host a live ‘Ask Me Anything’ session with us, and our collaborator Hector Rieiro (a PhD candidate in the Macknik Lab).

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Sleights of Mind wins the Prisma Prize!

prismas

Sleights of Mind has won the Prisma Prize, an annual science communication award to the best book of the year.

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Apollo Robbins: The Art of Misdirection

qa-apollorobins1

Apollo Robbins (aka The Gentleman Thief) explains and demonstrates the art of misdirection

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Join Us At The Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University in Tel-Aviv

poster avatar

For those of you who are in Israel today or tomorrow, come join us at The Gonda Center for free presentations on illusions and visual perception.

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Neuroscience Meets Magic: an educational feature

Picture1

BrainFacts.org, from the Society for Neuroscience, has selected our video Neuroscience Meets Magic, to be featured as a recommended resource.

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

The Neural Magic of Hypnotic Suggestion

journal_cover201308

A new review of the scientific literature studying hypnosis, in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience, by Oakley and Halligan, discusses the potential for hypnosis to provide insights into brain mechanisms involved in attention, motor control, pain perception, beliefs and volition and also to produce informative analogues of clinical conditions.

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

THE MARTIAL MAGICIAN’S MEMORY PALACE

Magicians sometimes perform seemingly impossible feats of memory, for instance, to remember the order of a “randomly shuffled” deck of cards. To accomplish this, they use well established mnemonic techniques.

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Guinness World Records holder will perform during the Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Thomas Blacke, magician, escape artist, and Guinness World Records holder, will perform during the vote counting at the 9th Annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest on May 13, 2013, in Naples, Florida.   Blacke holds 11 world records, including the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Handcuff Escape Blindfolded and the Guinness World Record [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

Neuroscience and Magic: The Science of Stealing a Watch

Apollo Robbins, a.k.a the “Gentleman Thief,” explains his technique of managing attentional spotlight during the Neuromagic 2012conference on the Island of Thought, San Simón, near Vigo, Spain, while demonstrating on neuroscientist Flip Phillips of Skidmore College. Attentional spotlight is the focus of consciousness at any given moment, and it can be directed–or, as in magic, [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

How Neuroscientists and Magicians Are Conjuring Brain Insights

Mariette DiChristina and Apollo Robbins

“I see you have a watch with a buckle.” Standing at my side, Apollo Robbins held my wrist lightly as he turned my hand over and back. I knew exactly what was coming but I fell for it anyway. “Yes,” I said, trying to keep an eye on him, “that looks pretty easy for you [...]

Keep reading »
Oscillator

Data Streams and Energy Flows

Over the holidays, my love for competition overtook my dislike of being constantly monitored, so I got a fitbit. The small device tracks the number of steps I’ve taken and the number of floors I’ve climbed, syncing to a server that ranks me against friends and family. Living in LA, where everyone drives everywhere, having [...]

Keep reading »
PsiVid

Behind the Scenes of “Box”– Mixing Design, Storytelling and Technology

Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 11.49.15 AM

That mesmerizing installation of light and illusion using 3D projection mapping and robots, Box, that I shared with you last week, left me a bit unsettled. Why? Because, as I watched, I kept asking myself in my mind, “HOW DID THEY DO THAT?” instead of sitting back and enjoying it. (I’ve been often accused of [...]

Keep reading »

More from Scientific American

Scientific American Back To School

Back to School Sale!

12 Digital Issues + 4 Years of Archive Access just $19.99

Order Now >

X

Email this Article

X