How does he do that? In this video you can see how a magician lights a cigarette. But suddenly the cigarette and the lighter both disappeared. Discover the secret behind these and other magic tricks.
Magician distracts attention
The British magician Gustav Kuhn, who is also a neurologist at the University of Durham, has investigated how we can be fooled by even the simplest magic tricks.
In the video, he demonstrates two classic magic tricks, after which he explains how he fooled us.
By looking at a certain place or making an unexpected movement, a magician can divert our attention and, for example, drop a cigarette on his lap unseen.
More than half did not see the cigarette fall
Gustav Kuhn and his research team did the trick with the cigarette for 46 test subjects and recorded their reaction.
More than half of the people said they did not see afterwards that the magician dropped the cigarette. The researchers filmed the spectators during the trick, thus uncovering a surprising phenomenon.
Magician uses limitations of the brain
Two of the test subjects said they did not see the cigarette fall, while in fact their eyes were directly on it.
Why didn't they see it? The researchers' explanation is that we are by no means aware of everything we see. That is because the brain can only register a fraction of what is happening around us. That limitation excludes magicians.
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