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Re: Magic and Psychology

I have been doing some more reading and making some connections that may seem to most as self-evident. I offer the following as the result of those efforts: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://isyourcard.blogspot.com/2011/09/thats-entertainment.html">http://isyourcard.blogspot.com/2011/09/ .....
by G. Campbell
09/05/11 11:03 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 3244

Re: Magic and Psychology

This is great! Thank you to everyone who has responded. It has always been a mystery to me how magicians think about what they do. I have bought a lot of books and a suitcase full of effects, but I have only ever learned the thousands of ways to get "caught". With cards in my hands, I can ...
by G. Campbell
08/07/11 10:34 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 3244

Re: Magic and Psychology

If one learns about the psychology of magic in part through education and in larger part by performance experience, are there other aspects of the craft that are passed on in a similar way? For example, I used to work in theatre production and it has always seemed to me that magicians know more abou...
by G. Campbell
08/03/11 04:13 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 3244

Re: Magic and Psychology

For someone interested in how ideas get communicated, I have apparently done a poor job of communicating my interest. I learned a long time ago that I was only going to be a disgrace to the art if I continued as a performer. I respect anyone who takes up the challenge. My interest is in the transfer...
by G. Campbell
07/30/11 11:07 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 3244

Re: Magic and Psychology

I feel perhaps that my curiosity has become tiresome. I am not dismissing anyone and I really am grateful for all of the suggestions. There are a lot of gaps in my understanding of "magic theory"--is that even the right term? I should perhaps do more reading before I ask any more questions...
by G. Campbell
07/29/11 04:57 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 3244

Re: Magic and Psychology

So just to recap: it seems that we are saying that magicians learned from one another about what did and did not work in terms of fooling the spectator and that knowledge was itself passed from teacher to student, from dealer's back room to eager beginner until we come to the study of neuroscience. ...
by G. Campbell
07/29/11 03:44 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 3244

Re: Magic and Psychology

Thanks you for the contemporary references. I have read Fitzkee on misdirection and was struck that, at some level, he was writing from intuition that had been informed by experience. This would appear to be consistent with Mr. Townsend's comments: Looks like two sensible questions there. To the fir...
by G. Campbell
07/28/11 12:33 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 3244

Re: Magic and Psychology

I appreciate the references and will certainly add them to my list. What I am trying to get to is that clearly, at some level, magicians have understood that something was happening in the minds of the spectators to make their tricks work. It would seem to me that as least as long as the phrase &quo...
by G. Campbell
07/28/11 10:54 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 3244

Magic and Psychology

New to the Forum so I am probably making a few mistakes with this, my first post...be gentle. I have seen a fair amount of material in recent months about the psychology of magic, but it s all written in the vernacular of psychology. What I am wondering is, absent that language, how do/did magicians...
by G. Campbell
07/27/11 11:27 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic and Psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 3244

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