Magic is all about illusions and perception and this is how magicians deceive us. It is among the oldest art forms still in existence and still continues to awe audiences. Have you ever gone to a show then by a snap of a finger the magician makes something disappear in front of your eyes? These impossible illusions can really baffle your mind as you try to make sense of what you have witnessed. It really seems impossible. Some of these tricks are well perfected and still remain precious secrets in magician circles. So, how do good magicians make magic seem real?
Vision is a vital sense that influences how we behave and think. People tend to trust their eyes and believe in what they see. It turns out that vision isn’t as reliable as you may think. Through visual illusions, magicians can easily distort your perception of the truth. Magicians routinely exploit the inattentional blindness technique to pull off the disappearing trick before your eyes. Magicians have mastered the art of exploiting the loopholes in our neural network thus changing our visual experience.
In this craft, misdirection is key to providing an excellent magic performance. The more the audience is involved, the more they believe they are in control of the visual field and can see everything clearly and vividly which is of course not the case. With their attention diverted on the right hand, the left is used to pull off your real trick. This is a form of attentional misdirection that makes what’s happening in front of the audience invisible. They can also make you see something that in reality isn’t happening like the knife-through-arm magic trick.
The magician will try to convince you they have real magical powers, the truth is that they are using a clever psychological approach to deceive your brain. A magician is as good as the illusion they cast; don’t ask them to reveal their secret. You have to appreciate the craft for the mystery it is!