Magic and Neuroscience
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The science of magic.
Luigi Anzivino asks whether the hand really is quicker than the eye and what this might tell us about the way we perceive the world.
A skilled magician is able to obscure their method by diverting an audience's attention towards a desired effect. It is through this technique that magicians are able to fool us into perceiving the impossible. This blurring of the boundaries between the real and the unreal is perhaps why we find magic so compelling.
Magic tricks and illusions tell us a great deal about how the mind reconstructs reality from the information it receives. The brains ability to be fooled by sleight of hand shows us that it isn't always able to provide the most accurate representation of the world that exists before us.
To find out more about illusions, magic and the brain watch Part three of the 2011 Christmas Lectures.