Category Archives: Magic in the News

Penn Jillette on Magic and Politics

It’s probably safe to say I enjoy political discussions, interesting similes and metaphors, and magic more than the average person. Penn Jillette’s recent column in the Wall Street Journal had all those things. It’s an interesting read about suspension of disbelief and how … Continue reading

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George Melies as Magician

The New York Times published beautiful photos from the making of Martin Scorsese’s latest film, “Hugo,” which features Ben Kingsley as the magician and filmmaker Georges Méliès. The online gallery includes two images of Méliès’ wife, Mama Jeanne d’Alcy (played by Helen … Continue reading

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The Takeaway explains how the brain lets magic work

John Hockenberry had the authors of “Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About our Everyday Deceptions” on The Takeaway on WNYC recently. In the segment, they describe how the brain favors scenarios that seem the most likely … Continue reading

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