A timely tool to understand mind manipulation

Gustav Kuhn and Matthew Tompkins on 'Smoke and mirrors: The psychology of magic', an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London.

For centuries, magicians have been refining methods for creating powerful illusory experiences in the minds of their audiences. And recently, there has been a significant spike in scientific interest in magic, with researchers increasingly turning to magic methods to develop new experimental techniques to investigate human perception, memory, and reasoning. Since the turn of the century, the body of scientific literature on magic tricks has more than quadrupled. 

Magic can be


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