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Stephen Macknik
 Interview:Stephen L. Macknik, PhD & Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD
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In order to accomplish amazing illusions and magic tricks, performers of prestidigitation must be well versed in the art of deception; thus, it is not surprising that many of the world's most renowned skeptics are also world-class magicians. This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with Dr. Stephen L. Macknik and Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde, co-authors of Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions (with Sandra Blakeslee). Both are laboratory directors at the Barrow Neurological Institute and columnists at ScientificAmerican.com - experience they bring to their multi-year, world-wide exploration of magic (with a team of advisors including Jamy Ian Swiss, the late Jerry Andrus, and James "The Amazing" Randi). Can ancient principles of the conjurer's trade be explained using the latest discoveries of cognitive neuroscience? Find out on this episode!
Show Notes
 

Date – January 11, 2011 read by Derek
Today's guests are Dr. Stephen L. Macknik and Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde.
Dr. Macknik and Dr. Martinez-Conde are both laboratory directors at the
Barrow Neurological Institute
.
They are also members of the illustrious Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle).
These neuroscientists are the co-authors of:
Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions

Skeptic History Notes
British psychic researcher Harry Price was born January 17, 1881.
The January issue of Fortean Times contains a feature article on his famous case
Gef the talking mongoose.
English philosopher Francis Bacon was born January 22, 1561.
The first episode of Alternative Medicine: The Evidence (on acupuncture) aired on
January 24, 2006.
Complaints about the program to the BBC by Simon Singh were eventually upheld.
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! just ended its final season. It began on Showtime on
January 24, 2003.
Grand Rapids, Michigan was the first U.S. town to fluoridate its water on
January 25, 1945.
Prominent fluoridation critic Dr. George Waldbott was born January 14, 1898.
You can read daily Skeptic History facts on Twitter, Facebook or FriendFeed.

Drs. Macknik and Martinez-Conde call their new discipline neuromagic.
This multi-year project included illustrious magic advisors including:
The Amazing James Randi
Jerry Andrus
Apollo Robbins
Ava Do
Mac King
Jamy Ian Swiss
Max Mavin
Teller
Uri Gellar purports his magical talents are supernatural in origin.
Some magicians call themselves psychics.
The Amazing James Randi exposed Gellar in 1972.
David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear on tv in 1983.
You can view the Standing wave of invisibility in action here.
Sleights of Mind is co-authored by Sandra Blakeslee.
You can hear an interview with Sandra Blakeslee on the Brain Science Podcast.
Lots of additional information available at The Sleights of Mind website. 



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