Wednesday, November 29, 2006 - Study Reveals How Magic Works - Study Reveals How Magic Works: "Scientists are figuring out how magicians fool our brains in research that also helps uncover how our mind actually works.

A great deal of what scientists now understand about how the human visual system works stems from research into our susceptibility to optical illusions.

'It made sense to look at magicians to advance knowledge of human cognition, since magicians have been working on figuring out how certain principles of psychology work for hundreds of years,' said researcher Gustav Kuhn at the University of Durham in England, a cognitive psychologist who has also performed magic the past couple decades.

'Magicians really have this ability to distort your perceptions, to get people to perceive things that never happened, just like a visual illusion,' he added."