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Perception. 2010;39(9):1286-9.

The exploitation of Gestalt principles by magicians.

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Department of Psychology, Box 871104, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-1104, USA. anthony.barnhart@asu.edu

Abstract

Magicians exploit a host of psychological principles in deceiving their audiences. Psychologists have recently attempted to pinpoint the most common psychological tendencies exploited by magicians. This paper highlights two co-occurring principles that appear to be the basis for many popular magic tricks: accidental alignment and good continuation.

PMID:
21125955
DOI:
10.1068/p6766
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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