The art of magic tricks

art of magicMagic has become a very popular entertainment activity. It is because of the great entertainment benefits that this art brings, that it has become one of the entertainment avenues which attract huge crowds wanting to see what the magicians have to offer. It is however very important that we note that this magic is sometimes referred to as stage magic just to differentiate it from the ritual magic which is mostly associated with evil or rather dark spirits. This particular magic in question is simply an art developed to entertain people by performing tricks which in themselves are illusions that are impossible in the normal human life situation. One who has perfected this art of creating illusions is commonly referred to as stage magicians and they attract a large audience whenever they perform their tricks. There are those who perform in the streets whereas there are those who perform in theaters. It all depends with one’s preference and professional standards.

It is estimated that the first recording of magical practice in a published document was done in the 16th century and ever since there have been very many documentation as well as movies to provide a better insight into the art of magic. Although the people who practiced magic in the past did not do it to earn a living, it has over the years become a source of revenue to those who choose it as a profession. This art is however, a skill which one can learn provided they have the right people to teach them and in this case the right people would be those already in the professional business of the art of magic.

Can Magic Explain Our Daily Decisions in Life

jay-olson1Magicians are masters of illusion, but psychology may also play a big part in the success of these tricks. Jay Olsen, 28, wants to delve deeper into the psychological impact of magic tricks. As a graduate student at McGill University, Mr. Olsen is using his background as a professional magician to break the scientific code of magic.

Mr. Olsen is using this study to answer questions about psychological influence in magic, and then how they affect our day-to-day lives. Mr. Olsen believes that the psychology behind magic also influences our daily decision-making skills. He used a restaurant menu as an example of simple everyday decisions. He said that the items at the top and bottom are more likely to grab the customer’s attention, so these items are ordered more frequently.

Mr. Olsen started the study by performing a card trick on 118 people and then published the results in the journal Consciousness and Cognition. This simple trick led to some astonishing results. The magician showed one card intentionally longer than the others in the deck, and 98% of the participants ended up choosing this card. Most participants felt that there was no suggestive pause by the magician, and that they had chosen the card of their own free will.

The co-authors of the study are helping Mr. Olsen find practical uses for the results that go beyond magic. Ronald Rensink, a professor of psychology at the University of British Colombia, Amir Raz, a neuroscientist at McGill, and Alym Amlani, an accounting instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, B.C., have teamed up with Mr. Olsen to test what influences people when making daily mundane decisions.

“The hope is that the same kind of principles that influence people in magic can also explain some of the decisions we make throughout the day,” he said.