Christian Long

Keith Barry: Brain Magic

In TED Talks on May 5, 2010 at 10:50 pm

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Keith Barry:  Brain Magic

Ever since I was a little kid, I have always loved magic and been amazed by it. I think Keith Barry does a wonderful job at manipulating our minds throughout his talk. My mind is still confused about all of the tricks he performs, but I love watching him do them. For example, when he is blindfolded in the car and drives by seeing through the girls eyes, was incredible!

We all know that magic isn’t real and there is always an illusion that is very well hidden. So how is it possible that someone can drive a car with a blindfold and not knowing where he is going? He claims that he had never met the girl before, that he couldn’t see through the blindfold, and that the car was just a car and not set up for it in any way. In the end, there has to be a solution for how he drove that car; he just did a fabulous job of hiding it.

Keith also talks about how our minds are not use to being manipulated, so that when something we can’t explain happens all of our theorys about it are very off.

This is true. Like when he brought that woman on stage and told her to contribute all of her anger about a past relationship to the glass in the bottle, it shattered. Also right after that he was asking her questions about the man she was thinking of and guessed her name. Now it could be that it was a lucky guess and the bottle was changed some how to make sure that the glass would easily explode. Although, maybe that is what we are suppose to think. That may be the way our minds are set up to think, when really it could be something even more obvious than that, and no one sees it.

That is the beauty about magic. Sometimes the answer to what we are looking for is right there, and we don’t even recognize the obvious.


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