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Is Magic just an illusion?

Last Updated: 1st May, 2020

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Magic, which encompasses the subgenres of illusion, stage magic, and close up magic, is a performing art in which audiences are entertained by tricks or illusions of seemingly impossible feats using natural means.

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Thereof, how does magic work?

The magician snaps his fingers and a ball disappears right in front of your eyes. While some magicians would like you to believe that they possess real magical powers, the true secret behind magic lies in clever psychological techniques that exploit limitations in the way our brains work.

Also, where did magic come from? The term magic has its origins in Ancient Greece. During the late sixth and early fifth centuries BCE, the Persian maguš was Graecicized and introduced into the ancient Greek language as μάγος and μαγεία.

Subsequently, one may also ask, how do illusions work in magic?

Magicians create illusions by taking advantage of how we perceive stimuli and process information. For example, a dove fluttering from a hat can be used to draw an audience's attention away from the actual trick. Illusions are revealing, because they separate perception from reality.

Who is the best magician in the world?

David Copperfield The world's richest magician played 670 shows at the MGM Grand during our scoring period.

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