Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Brains
by Stephen L. Macknik
Thursday, September 6, 2012
This is a fascinating look at how your mind works by delving into how magician’s deceive us. I found it a bit odd that any explanation of how a magic trick works is wrapped in “spoilers”, I can’t understand why anyone would read the book and not read these. Towards the end the authors explain that this is to keep their various Magic Circle memberships - there is no ban on revealing how magic is done, but no one should find out by accident. If you don’t want to find out how magic tricks work then I wouldn’t bother reading the book. For me, in magic as in science, knowing how things work just adds to the beauty and the wonder. And it’s a wonder our minds work at all with how easily they are fooled into seeing things that don’t happen and not seeing things that do! A very interesting book.