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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 9 th Annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest on May 13, 2013, in Naples, Florida.  Thomas Blacke Blacke holds 11 world records, including the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Handcuff Escape Blindfolded and the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Escape from Handcuffs Underwater.According to the Guinness World Records: “The fastest handcuff escape blindfolded is 3.45 seconds, achieved by Thomas Blacke (USA), in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, USA, on 10 April 2012...

March 28, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the Week: The Coffer Illusion

The Coffer Illusion, by vision scientist Anthony Norcia of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, was a Top 10 finalist in the 2006 edition of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest...

March 27, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Fat Tuesday: Was I addicted to food? Ed. Note: Every Fat Tuesday we discuss the neuroscience of hunger, satiety, and weight control.

March 26, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Neuroscience in Fiction: Nexus (Mankind Gets an Upgrade)

Naam, Ramez (2012-12-18). Nexus (Kindle Locations 5434-5437). Osprey Publishing. Kindle Edition. “Nexus's ability to satisfy widespread human desires, combined with its innocuous perception, suggests that were the technology to ever enter the mainstream, the genie would prove very difficult to put back into the bottle...

March 22, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

There goes the neighborhood

(Ed. note: This post previously appeared on our Sleights of Mind Blog) Change blindness, our failure to detect changes in a scene that should have been (but weren't) obvious, is a common occurrence not only on the magic stage, but it in real life, too.The San Francisco Exploratorium has now produced a spectacular demonstration of cumulative change blindness...

March 21, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the Week: The Look-Alike Project

Courtesy of Francisco Costela When I learned about photographer François Brunelle’s “Look-Alike” project, I thought immediately of my graduate student Francisco Costela and his buddy Josh Corrigan...

March 20, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Countdown to the 9th Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Courtesy of the Neural Correlate Society For the 9 th consecutive year, we’re gearing up to celebrate the Best Illusion of the Year Contest, an annual competition to choose the best illusion created within the previous year...

March 18, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Neuroscience in Fiction: Exhalation , by Ted Chiang

, via Wikimedia Commons"] By Florian Thillmann (de:Benutzer:Flothi) (own work / selbst fotografiert) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 ( “ Once the preparations were complete, I was able to place each of my hands on a nest of knobs and levers and control a pair of manipulators situated behind my head, and use the periscope to see what they worked on...

March 15, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Penn & Teller's Cups-and-Balls Magic Trick

Ed. Note: Elements of this article first appeared in our book, Sleights of Mind, and a press release about our research article published in PeerJ. Video: Teller--Stuck ball experimental condition"Cups and Balls," a magic illusion in which balls appear and disappear under the cover of cups, is one of the oldest magic tricks in history, with documented descriptions going back to Roman conjurors in 3 B.C...

March 14, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

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