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Talk Smoke and Mirrors - The Psychology of Magic

Smoke and Mirrors - The Psychology of Magic

Wellcome Collection

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Genre: Event with live subtitles


What can magic and conjuring tell us about the human mind? Our exhibition brings together the worlds of psychology and entertainment in search of the truth about deception.

Explore how our biases affect our perception and whether our senses can be hacked. Discover spirit photography, magic props and psychology experiments to see how magic works on – and in – the mind of the spectator.

Artefacts on display from the world of magic include the head of the gorilla costume worn by Derren Brown, Harry Houdini’s ‘Bell Box’, Tommy Cooper’s fez, and Paul Daniels’s sawing-in-half box.

Experience the impossible with Steve Bagienski, a magician, scientist and psychologist who researches how we feel when we watch and learn to perform magic. You’ll watch conjuring tricks and experience fake mind-reading that will reveal how easy it is to believe in magic and pseudoscience.

Event details

Thu 8 Aug 2019, 6:30pm

Live subtitling by Stagetext

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Venue details

Wellcome Collection
The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council