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Alex

Vegan, skeptic, promoter of animal rights.

Rochester, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (133)

    Have you ever wondered how a magician saws a woman in half? Or makes coins materialize out of thin air? Or reads your mind? Magic tricks work because humans have a hardwired process of attention and awareness that is hackable. A good magician uses your mind's intrinsic properties against you in a form of mental jujitsu, to fool you every time, even when you know full well that you are being tricked.

    Roy says: "Very Informative"
    "Should have been a documentary"
    Overall

    Moderately interesting book, but magic tricks don't have quite the same impact (to say the least) when they're described in words as when you see them performed. This book should have been a documentary movie. The title and the description seemed very promising to me, but the book didn't really deliver (and I have a background in neuroscience).

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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