Teller (ohne Penn) über Neuroscience und Magie

Teller vom Magierduo Penn und Teller ist Teil eines Teams, das die Zusammenhänge von Neurowissenschaften und Magie-Tricks untersuchte (vorher auf Nerdcore: Magie in Neuroscience), für ihn sind Magie-Tricks experimentelle Psychologie. Im Artikel auf Wired sind ein paar Videos mit Penn und Teller, hier mein Liebling in dem sie die sieben Prinzipien der Magie erklären.

(Youtube Direktmagic, via Kottke)

"Reality seems so simple. We just open our eyes and there it is. But that doesn't mean it is simple."

For Teller (that's his full legal name), magic is more than entertainment. He wants his tricks to reveal the everyday fraud of perception so that people become aware of the tension between what is and what seems to be. Our brains don't see everything—the world is too big, too full of stimuli. So the brain takes shortcuts, constructing a picture of reality with relatively simple algorithms for what things are supposed to look like. Magicians capitalize on those rules. "Every time you perform a magic trick, you're engaging in experimental psychology," Teller says. "If the audience asks, 'How the hell did he do that?' then the experiment was successful. I've exploited the efficiencies of your mind."

Magic and the Brain: Teller Reveals the Neuroscience of Illusion