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Sleight of Mind

Can We Alter Our Own Perceptions Of Reality?

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living

We're familiar with the mind games and tricks magicians use on a daily basis -- but what if we can take those "hacks" and apply them to our own percep...

More Trick Than Treat

Victor Stenger | Posted 08.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Victor Stenger

I suppose Keith Barry's magic show was entertaining, though far from exceptional. But TED audiences expect more for their money than to be simply entertained. They are expecting to learn something. What were they supposed to learn from Barry's performance?

The Neuroscientific Answer To 'How Did He Do That?'

Katja Brose | Posted 08.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Katja Brose

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThe more interesting question is, if neuroscience can explain magic, can magic teach us anything about neuroscience?

A Call From Beyond

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Lev Raphael

I've never believed in voodoo, magic, spirits or anything like that until my mother came to me after she died. Actually she called. From New York.

Brain Magic From a Communications Lens

Nick Cowling | Posted 10.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Nick Cowling

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgKeith Barry's TEDTalk on Brain Magic is an entertaining display of the loopholes of logic. He demonstrates how the brain uses millions of pieces of information to make a decision, while we only consciously acknowledge a tiny fraction of what is happening around us.

Why We All Need a Daily Dose of Brain Magic

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Holly Robinson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgEach of us desperately hopes, in some dark secret corner of our hearts, that there really is such a thing as second sight or voodoo magic. This isn't only because we love to be entertained, but because we long to be transported into other worlds.

WATCH: This Magician Can Do Crazy Things To Your Brain

Keith Barry | Posted 10.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Keith Barry

2013-08-08-barrypull.jpgThe power of hypnosis is a constant source of debate. My own research and the fact that I have now hypnotized over 3,000 people give me a unique and personal view of how the brain functions subconsciously.