How the scientific study of magic reveals intriguing―and often unsettling―insights into the mysteries of the human mind.
What do we see when we watch a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat or read a person’s mind? We are captivated by an illusion; we applaud the fact that we have been fooled. Why do we enjoy experiencing what seems clearly impossible, or at least beyond our powers of explanation? In Experiencing the Impossible, Gustav Kuhn examines the psychological processes that underpin our experience of magic. Kuhn, a psychologist and a magician, reveals the intriguing―and often unsettling―insights into the human mind that the scientific study of magic provides.
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