Zaubern mit Hirn

Wahrnehmungstäuschung, Ablenkung, falsche Annahmen – das Wissensmagazin “P.M.” widmet in seiner aktuellen Ausgabe (06/2019) sechs Seiten dem Phänomen Zauberkunst und seiner wissenschaftlichen Erforschung. Zu Wort kommen u.a. Dr. Gustav Kuhn und Apollo Robbins, erwähnt werden aber auch einige weitere Forscher und Zauberer.

Gazzo_Cups and Balls
Gazzo, ein Meister der Straßenzauberei und der Ablenkung



We blinded them with science

Recent years have seen a surge in scientific research around the hidden forces of deception. Names like Kuhn, Wiseman, Fraps, Martinez-Conde and Machnik come to mind. Soon, another book by Dr. Kuhn will appear on our bookshelf:


Read more about it here.

BTW, the next Science of Magic Conference will be held in Chicago in July, more details to be found here.



Is this an Optical Illusion?

I could use some help here, my dear fellow majishuns:

To me, the two pictures below are pure 3D. When I look at them, they give me a three-dimensional effect, without putting on any fancy glasses or else. In the top picture the lines just seem to jump from the floor towards me. In the bottom picture both the iron wheel and the cabins look clearly layered to me and are separated from the blue background. The 3D illusion disappears when I close one eye.

I have already sent these pictures to a few people, but they didn’t seem to see them the way I do.

So is it just me?

And if so, any diagnosis what’s wrong (or different) with my visual perception?