What do you get when you bring scientists and magicians together?
Have you ever wondered how magic effects work? Coins materialize out of thin air. Cards move through a deck as if pulled by an invisible force. Beautiful women are cut in half. how does a mentalist actually read your mind? How do they do it?
This is the opening line of the book by Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, this month’s book in my Reading Challenge. After spending the last few years travelling with magicians and learning tricks, Stephen and Susana wrote a story that sheds light on the greatest magic show on earth- the one that is happening in your brain right now!
If you are interested in finding out why we are so thoroughly vulnerable to tricks and illusions then you should definitely check this book out. This is not an academic textbook- it just explains how the brain works through a lens of neuroscience while using examples drawn from the world of magic to explain the fascinating mechanics of belief, attention and memory.