Ancient Magical Illusion Even More Effective Than Magicians May Realize

Scientists analyzing how magicians Penn & Teller perform one of the oldest known illusions now reveal that some aspects of the magic trick are even more effective at manipulating audiences than the magicians predicted.

These findings not only shed light on basic processes such as cognition, but could help advance the art of magic, researchers suggested. In recent years, neuroscientists have increasingly been analyzing magicians’ performances to gain insights on the human mind….

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