Christian Long

Keith Barry: Brain Magic

In TED Talks on April 20, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Reflection by KATHERINE H.

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Keith Barry:  Brain Magic

Brain magic: you may shrug your shoulders now, but after watching a mere ten minutes of this video you haven’t any other option besides to believe. You can watch a magic trick over and over again until you find the very steps to a magician’s success. Or you can sit back, relax, and enjoy being tricked; which may not be a bad choice.

However, there’s no stopping our minds from wondering, at least a little, how or what is allowing our minds to be tricked into being vulnerable enough to see such an absurd occurrence. Keith Barry claims that this is not traditional magic, but brain magic using various techniques such as linguistic deception to trick the human brain. Keith shows a video of himself ’seeing through another’s eyes’ while driving to encourage the audience’s minds to start turning.

This trick seems virtually impossible to me, though he has indeed found a way to transfer vision from one to another; or is this another magician’s sneaky trick?

As many of his trick look learnable or even easy, many of his tricks are much more, he combines a magician’s world with one of a psychologist. How can he manipulate two people that are not former acquaintances to have so much connection? How can he use simple pressure to create an ‘illusion’ of voodoo?

Seeming like he has done this for the hundredth time, he doesn’t miss a single thing. He seems to hack into our crazy human minds and extract our little weird thoughts. We may say, “Oh my goodness! Wouldn’t it be awesome if this could happen?”

Well many of those things DO happen in Keith Barry’s world of magic meets the human brain.


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