7 secrets of magic revealed by Teller

"I turn away... and swap the deck 
for a normal one..."

The magician Teller of the magic /comedy duo Penn and Teller explains 7 principles of deception used in magic:
In the last half decade, magic—normally deemed entertainment fit only for children and tourists in Las Vegas—has become shockingly respectable in the scientific world. Even I—not exactly renowned as a public speaker—have been invited to address conferences on neuroscience and perception. I asked a scientist friend (whose identity I must protect) why the sudden interest. He replied that those who fund science research find magicians “sexier than lab rats.”

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.
Learn the 7 secrets: Teller Reveals His Secrets. The smaller, quieter half of the magician duo Penn & Teller writes about how magicians manipulate the human mind, Smithsonian>>


  1. It's funny that the guy who doesn't talk is so intelligent whenever he writes about something, whereas the louder half of Penn and Teller is so loud whenever he writes about something. Guess they're doing what fits them best.

  2. You da man, Teller!


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