Magic in Theory: An Introduction to the Theoretical and Psychological Elements of ConjuringPaperback
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- Publisher: University of Hertfordshire Press
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 222mm x 14mm | 358g
- Publication date: 30 October 2005
- Publication City/Country: Hatfield
- ISBN 10: 1902806506
- ISBN 13: 9781902806501
- Illustrations note: 10 b/w photos & 20 diagrams
- Sales rank: 179,534
A useful manual for any magician, or for anyone who wonders why the tricks seem so real, this guide examines the psychological aspects of a magician''s work. Exploring the ways in which human psychology plays into the methods of conjuring, rather than focusing on the individual tricks themselves, the book explains general principles of magic. Chapters on the use of misdirection, sleight of hand, and reconstruction, provide a better understanding of this ancient art and a section on psychics warns of their deceptive magic skills.
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Peter Lamont is a research fellow at the Koestler Parapsychology unit at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of "The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick." Richard Wiseman heads the psychology research unit at the University of Hertfordshire. He is the author of "The Luck Factor."
""Magic in Theory" is charmingly clear, admirably erudite and highly readable. The chapters are gently authoritative without being numbingly complex, and sober while avoiding 'academic' sterility. Highly recommended." --"Fortean Times"