MAGIC AND NEUROSCIENCE

Entertainment magic has always captivated the human imagination. In the ancient era, magicians were generally perceived to have supernatural powers. By the fifteenth century, magicians themselves started writing books about how entertainment magic is different, and the illusions and sleight of hand are clever tricks that have nothing to do with chanting in a foreign language while covered in goat blood on a moon lit night.

That being said, some of the tricks performed by entertainment magicians seem purely supernatural. The mind reading tricks are the most baffling in this regard. The magician asks you a series of questions as you jot down your answers on a piece of paper. At the same time, the magician also writes his predictions of your answers on a separate paper. You both compare your notes at the end, and as it turns out, he got all the answers right.

Another one of my favorite tricks is when the magician asks you to draw something on a piece of paper and put it away. Then he would guess what you drew, and would draw it on a separate piece of paper. Guess what? He got it right again.

So the question is how in the world can magicians read people’s minds? The answer is not genetic mutation, and it is not because there is magic in the magician’s blood. The answer lies in pure neuroscience, and the magician’s ability to manipulate cognitive functions. According to a paper published in scientific American dot com, magicians use covert misdirection, and manipulate cognitive function in order to perform their tricks.

However, you have to realize that magicians have been doing this before terms such as cognition and neuroscience ever came into being. Some of these tricks have existed before science was ever considered as a field of education. This leads to the obvious deduction, that ancient magicians knew how to use misdirection to perform their tricks successfully.

Neuroscientists are working closely with many entertainment magicians, in order to research how attention and cognition can be manipulated (source: Scientific American). It is expected that the research will uncover new ways for scientists to uncover the mysteries of the human mind. The research would also help in creating new therapies for cognitive disorders, and would provide an ideal experimental tool for neuroscientists.

What is commonly used as entertainment is now proving to be beneficial for science. Yet the entertainment value still persists. You can most certainly experience these tricks and illusions first hand by hiring an entertainment magician. Whether you are planning a wedding, private party, or a corporate event, an entertainment magician can prove to be a creative and extraordinary addition to your entertainment plans.

View the magician bending metal, reading your mind, and performing neat tricks up close and personal, and entertain your guests in a memorable way. For more information, and to book Fred Sharp for any of your events, you can contact us online or at +971 (0)55 239 5882. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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