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.
- Royal Road to Card Magic, Jean Hugard. (“Almost a programmed course,” Teller calls it.)
- Modern Coin Magic, J.B. Bobo.
- Amateur Magician’s Handbook, Henry Hay.
The last one is what I learned from as a teenager.
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