Teller Reveals His Secrets   ◆

Teller, writing for The Smithsonian Magazine, on scientists’ interest in magic:

I’m all for helping science. But after I share what I know, my neuroscientist friends thank me by showing me eye-tracking and MRI equipment, and promising that someday such machinery will help make me a better magician.

I have my doubts. Neuroscientists are novices at deception. Magicians have done controlled testing in human perception for thousands of years.

Teller talks more about science and magic in his recent interview on Talk of the Nation. In it he mentions three books1 for learning magic:

The last one is what I learned from as a teenager.

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