Magic of Science or Science of Magic

by ryan

One question that we always get during field trips is “Why do you do magic tricks at the Exploratorium?” I think that many people have a hard time connecting what goes on during the magic show to some sort of scientific expectation that they have at the museum. But a lot of us explainers not only really enjoy the magic demonstration table for the kind of spontaneous interaction that it generates with school kids, but also for the ways that we can connect card tricks to more abstract areas of perception and psychology. In the Science Times this week there was a must-read article that discusses the ways which magic tricks can be used to learn about cognition, attention, and perception. It also mentions the video with the basketballs and the gorilla.  Read it now!

Here’s the link to the story.

Also check out this picture of resident-explainer-magician Luigi amazing the summer campers by making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as only he knows how.