Over the break I finally got around to watching ‘Andrus: The Man, The Mind and the Magic’ – a DVD documentary about the renowned master of illusion, Jerry Andrus. Try his amazing Tri-Zonal Space Warper for yourself, and find out more. Continue reading →
I am always on the lookout for unusual science-based stunts because I often use them in talks and shows. The other day I came across one that does not seem to be very well known, but is impressive. All you need is a bouncy ball, a wooden floor, and a table.
Imagine that you have an 18 year old teenage son (if you do actually have one, this won’t be especially hard) and he stole a bottle of water from a shop during the riots. You know that if you take him to the police he will be charged and convicted. There is no way that the police will find out about his behaviour unless you take him in.
Over the years I have carried out several experiments examining the psychology of magic, and co-authored a book on the topic (Magic in Theory, with Peter Lamont). Both New Scientist and Scientific American have just run articles on the topic, mentioning some of this work.