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TELLER TALKS ABOUT THE SCIENCE THAT MAKES THE MAGIC POSSIBLE

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Posted by abeodbart March 21, 2012 at 8:48 am


Teller, the mute half of the wonderful magicial duo Penn & Teller talks about the science that makes the magic possible. On Smithsonianmag.com you can read an article by Teller’s hand on the deception he uses in his magic acts. Those who find their root in the neurological tricks that fool our brains that make a subtle exploitation of our evolutionary origins into an art-form. The magician’s skill, Teller says, is understanding and utilizing this for their devious plans to continually surprise you;

“But magic’s not easy to pick apart with machines, because it’s not really about the mechanics of your senses. Magic’s about understanding—and then manipulating—how viewers digest the sensory information.”

We can certainly recommend the article to anyone interested in magic and the hidden science behind it, but especially to aspiring magicians who would like to know more about what really makes this amazing craft tick and would like to learn from one of the best.

Once you’ve read the excellent article you can dispel another illusion, by listening to Teller himself talk about his article on the NPR podcast. And what a lovely voice he has, miracle indeed. Don’t forget that Derren has a book out where he makes similar… confessions of a conjurer.

COMMENTS
March 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm
roz says:

teller talks with a philadelphia accent. hometown boy. :)


March 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm
alan says:

8. The most primary principle of all, as far as delusion is concerned, is that all humans are fallible. The trick being, prevention of the process of questioning that would inevitably expose that inherent and insurmountable weakness. The reward? Creation of a species, no longer as dumb as they can often be made to look.


April 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Great article. And I never thought Teller would sound like THAT!


May 16, 2012 at 12:22 am
ellie blackburn says:

i love penn and teller!!!!!!!!!! not as much as derren though xxx


July 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

Nice post! I don’t know how can the Teller makes this sounds. That is very sweet.


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