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  • Mind Over Magic

    Thursday, November 18, 2010 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by Scientific American and Science & the City

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    Magic tricks work because humans have a hardwired process of attention and awareness that is hackable. Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, two vision scientists and authors of Scientific American MIND's November/December cover story, reveal just how magicians distract and fool an audience by surreptitiously manipulating people’s attention, tricking them into focusing on irrelevant objects or occurrences and into making incorrect assumptions about the purpose of an action.

    World-renowned magician, The Amazing Randi, will illustrate some of these cognitive tricks.

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