I am an avid reader of Fantasy but won't turn down a good Sci-Fi tittle. I love stories about wizards and magic, mercenaries and swords, and assassins and political intrigue. Modern spy fiction is fun to read between epic fantasy series, almost as a literary palate cleanser. My favorite series include The Kingkiller chronicles, A song of Ice and Fire, and the Donovan Creed novels.
My favorite things.
The explanation of how magicians "tricks" are perfect illustrations of cognitive illusions.
The description of the spoon bending performance.
The Science of Magic.
As a graduate student in psychology and an accomplished magician I was overjoyed to see this book that combined my hobby and my future career. I have been using my insights as a student of psychology to help my performance as a magician for years and this book concisely explains to magicians exactly how to do so, while explaining to cognitive scientists how studying the art of illusion can test cognitive theory. I couldn't stop smiling as all my secrets were revealed, both as a magician and as a student of cognitive science. Look out authors, I may look you guys up in the future for post-doc work.
All of my praise goes to the writing of the book. It was very Interesting to delve into what neural processes make magic work. Very informative and entertaining. The narrator missed words, and read stuff wrong. For example, there was one section about a bet and it mentioned that if you put $5000 down you could win $100,000. He read this as $10,000. Which severely dampens the point.
I don't know. The narrator was not the best.
Here is another essay put in book form. The authors fail to take other things into concideration. There is more to the human brain besides what happens physically inside the brain. There are mental and emotional parts as well. The authors glanced over these parts. In order to do a task repetitiously a person subconscious come into play and bypasses the conscious. Example a professional driver. Magicians are able to fool the conscious but not the subconscious. The authors seem to do research on magic and then write a theory around their findings. The authors took too long to get to the point. This book Slights of Mind is a lot of hocus pocus. Would not recommend.