|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
Did you figure out how Colbert and Copperfield did their magic? Curious? Wanna know? Just ask. Comment below.
Colbert's trick seemed better executed. Copperfield seemed nervous.
In the Colbert clip Copperfield mentioned that he wrote the forward to a new book, Brainworks: The Mind-bending Science of How You See, What You Think, and Who You Are. This book is actually a companion book to a new 3-part series from National Geographic set to air soon. Copperfield will appear in part 1 of the series. See the clip below. Pay close attention.
David Copperfield: "As an illusionist we take the brain and all the concepts that people have and use them to turn the world up-side down. If you can take their attention to another place willingly, then you've done your job correctly... We all think we're paying close attention to the world around us, but as strange as it may sound, this is just an illusion."
So, magicians use our weaknesses in attention (and misdirection) to fool us. What other occupations use or could use this? Media professionals?
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