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Making Impossible Objects with Mirrors

Most of us don’t really understand how mirrors work, which makes for some fun reflective deception 

May 1, 2017 — Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik

When Free Choice Is an Illusion

Magicians and cognitive scientists know how to manipulate what we pick—or thought we picked

December 23, 2016 — Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik
How Magicians Trick Your Brain

How Magicians Trick Your Brain

They hijack its limited ability to deal with perceptual ambiguity

April 18, 2016 — Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde
How Ghostbusting Became a Victorian Pastime

How Ghostbusting Became a Victorian Pastime

Nineteenth-century entertainment was a peculiar mix of technological innovation and supernatural thinking

November 18, 2015 — Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik
Filling in the _________

Filling in the _________

Your brain fills in all kinds of visual gaps

December 25, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde

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