Magic and Neurology

Evan Fenner
During Community Block last week, neuroscientist and magician Louigi Anzivino spoke to us about how magic fools your brain. As a magician myself, it was really interesting not only to learn more about the science that makes the magic work, but also to see the engagement of the rest of the community in his presentation.
He showed us what "misdirection" really means, and how easily our focus can misguide us both from the science perspective and in the practice of magic. But even after teaching us the methods behind the magic, he was still able to fool us. I think in the end, it showed us how much we miss even when we're focusing directly and it definitely made me think about trying to be more attentive to the world around me.
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