Discover the astounding science behind illusions and magic tricks in this book for kids ages 7-9. Join comedian and author Steve Mould to find out the scientific secrets behind amazing magic tricks.
Author: Steve Mould
Publisher: DK Children
Discover the astounding science behind illusions and magic tricks in this book for kids ages 7-9. Join comedian and author Steve Mould to find out the scientific secrets behind amazing magic tricks. Learn how to bend water with a balloon, how to create ghosts with mirrors, and how to turn water into juice! Packed with optical illusions, pranks, and fun facts, this book is a must-have for any aspiring scientist or magician. (And the two aren't as different as you might think!) Kids will love impressing their friends and families with simple magic tricks that teach them valuable science lessons at the same time. Each trick is explained using step-by-step photography, and the science behind each magic trick is explained clearly and simply. Interspersed throughout the book are profiles of famous magicians and illusionists, such as Harry Houdini and David Blaine, and stories of how they used science when performing their most famous tricks. Science is Magic is the perfect addition to any classroom or library STEAM or STEM bookshelves.
Why do we enjoy experiencing what seems clearly impossible, or at least beyond our powers of explanation? In Experiencing the Impossible, Gustav Kuhn examines the psychological processes that underpin our experience of magic.
Author: Gustav Kuhn
Publisher: MIT Press
How the scientific study of magic reveals intriguing—and often unsettling—insights into the mysteries of the human mind. What do we see when we watch a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat or read a person's mind? We are captivated by an illusion; we applaud the fact that we have been fooled. Why do we enjoy experiencing what seems clearly impossible, or at least beyond our powers of explanation? In Experiencing the Impossible, Gustav Kuhn examines the psychological processes that underpin our experience of magic. Kuhn, a psychologist and a magician, reveals the intriguing—and often unsettling—insights into the human mind that the scientific study of magic provides. Magic, Kuhn explains, creates a cognitive conflict between what we believe to be true (for example, a rabbit could not be in that hat) and what we experience (a rabbit has just come out of that hat!). Drawing on the latest psychological, neurological, and philosophical research, he suggests that misdirection is at the heart of all magic tricks, and he offers a scientific theory of misdirection. He explores, among other topics, our propensity for magical thinking, the malleability of our perceptual experiences, forgetting and misremembering, free will and mind control, and how magic is applied outside entertaiment—the use of illusion in human-computer interaction, politics, warfare, and elsewhere. We may be surprised to learn how little of the world we actually perceive, how little we can trust what we see and remember, and how little we are in charge of our thoughts and actions. Exploring magic, Kuhn illuminates the complex—and almost magical—mechanisms underlying our daily activities.
This book uses objects to be found in a different room in the house, to explain some basic scientific principles through magic 'tricks', or experiments. It is complemented with cartoon illustrations.
Author: Richard Robinson
Helps to find out about everyday science, while performing as a magician, and dazzle your friends and family. This book uses objects to be found in a different room in the house, to explain some basic scientific principles through magic 'tricks', or experiments. It is complemented with cartoon illustrations.
The book provides an innovative synthesis of the history of performance with a wider study of culture, science, and religion from the antebellum period to the present.
Author: Fred Nadis
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
In Wonder Shows, Fred Nadis offers a colorful history of these traveling magicians, inventors, popular science lecturers, and other presenters of “miracle science” who revealed science and technology to the public in awe-inspiring fashion. The book provides an innovative synthesis of the history of performance with a wider study of culture, science, and religion from the antebellum period to the present.
We might choose instead to discuss the World of science in the sixteenth and ... science without finding much space in it for intellectual magic (see, ...
Author: William Monter
Publisher: A&C Black
The fifteenth to eighteenth centuries was a period of witchcraft prosecutions throughout Europe and modern scholars have now devoted a huge amount of research to these episodes. This volume will attempt to bring this work together by summarising the history of the trials in a new way - according to the types of legal systems involved. Other topics covered will be the continued practical use made of magic, the elaboration of demonological theories about witchcraft and magic, and the further development of scientific interests in natural magic through the 'Neoplatonic' and 'Hermetic' period.Amongst the topics included here are Superstition and Belief in high and popular culture, the place of Medicine, Witchcraft survivals in art and literature, and the survival of Persecution.>
But how do they do it? Is it magic or is it science? Learn to question and discover how science can explain most of the secrets surrounding these amazing wonders.Get ready to move to the other side of the mirror!
Author: Jean-christophe Piot
Publisher: World Scientific
Magicians pull off fantastic feats: Levitating a meter above the ground, charming a snake with a flute, finding lost objects with the help of a pendulum, swallowing a sword or walking on embers ... But how do they do it? Is it magic or is it science? Learn to question and discover how science can explain most of the secrets surrounding these amazing wonders.Get ready to move to the other side of the mirror!
This book brings them together with insights gathered from long years of both scientific and magical study and practice.
Author: Wayland Skallagrimsson
Recent discoveries in the fields of neurobiology and psychology have opened up new avenues of exploration into and explanation of the practice of magic, a field hitherto resistant to scientific analysis, due to the highly subjective nature of its practices. In Scientific Magic, author Wayland Skallagrimsson presents hypotheses to explain the particular claims made by magicians as to the effectiveness of their rituals, as well as why such practices continue even in rational, materialistic societies skeptical and dismissive of them. He presents traditional magical lore side by side with scientific explanations for that lore, as well as analyses of relevant philosophical issues. The book also provides a course of instruction designed to take the student through basic initiation in the practices of magic and further to proficiency in them. Using his own experiences as well as those of other practicing magicians as a data pool, Skallagrimsson presents two traditional systems of magical practice - runic and cabalistic - from two rather different cultures, and compares them for the purpose of finding commonalities that would indicate the presence of real, analyzable phenomena, divorced from simple cultural prejudices and superstitions. The practice of magic is no mere superstition or escapist fantasy. It is instead a badly misunderstood, embryonic science dealing with reprogramming the mind and altering the state of physiology to improve the functionality of its practitioners in highly specific and unusual ways. Contrary to the standard views of most modern sciences, the only differences between commonly accepted scientific understandings and occult lore are philosophical in nature. The seeming antagonism between the two schools of thought are rooted in a misunderstanding of each other's basic philosophies and languages. This book brings them together with insights gathered from long years of both scientific and magical study and practice.
Many of the activities in this 'Little Book of Magic' will reinforce and extend all the followers of sciences' current knowledge and understanding and will hopefully leave all believing that science is like a huge slice of chocolate cake ...
Author: Sue McGrath
Science Magic: Fun Guaranteed! has been written for the teacher, youth leader and parent who wishes to bring a bit of science magic to the youngsters in their care. There are four chapters covering topics such as forces, chemical reactions, energy and the properties of materials. The 'Secrets for Success' section is like the method section of a cookery book - follow the guidance and be amazed. The 'Science in a Nutshell' section is for those who wish to learn more about the science behind the experiments. This section is very much related to the primary and secondary curriculum for both the United Kingdom and Eire. Many of the activities in this 'Little Book of Magic' will reinforce and extend all the followers of sciences' current knowledge and understanding and will hopefully leave all believing that science is like a huge slice of chocolate cake enjoyment only cometh when you eateth! Read, consume and enjoy!
Use these books as a guide to learn about the world around you and the 'laws' that explain how things work.
Publisher: Independently Published
Science is everywhere. The study of science has very few limits. It can be studied anywhere. That includes a laboratory, one's country garden, your kitchen, a hardware store, a housewares store, a supermarket, even your home. Science includes physics, biology, chemistry, and psychology. This compilation of four books (previously published as individual titles) explains how science can be learned in any place one wishes. Use these books as a guide to learn about the world around you and the 'laws' that explain how things work.
Scholastic Aristotelianism versus magic versus mechanical philosophies. (WH, 89) In this chapter, I describe the protagonists in this “three-comered contest ...
Author: David Ray Griffin
Publisher: SUNY Press
Articulates a metaphysical position capable of rendering both science and religious experience simultaneously and mutually intelligible.
Presents scientific experiments that appear to be magic tricks.
Author: Eric Ladizinsky
Presents scientific experiments that appear to be magic tricks.
Two kinds of magic can be distinguished: spiritual and natural. ... historians of science naturally viewed this amalgam of hermeticism, natural magic, ...
Author: John L. Heilbron
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Containing 609 encyclopedic articles written by more than 200 prominent scholars, The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science presents an unparalleled history of the field invaluable to anyone with an interest in the technology, ideas, discoveries, and learned institutions that have shaped our world over the past five centuries. Focusing on the period from the Renaissance to the early twenty-first century, the articles cover all disciplines (Biology, Alchemy, Behaviorism), historical periods (the Scientific Revolution, World War II, the Cold War), concepts (Hypothesis, Space and Time, Ether), and methodologies and philosophies (Observation and Experiment, Darwinism). Coverage is international, tracing the spread of science from its traditional centers and explaining how the prevailing knowledge of non-Western societies has modified or contributed to the dominant global science as it is currently understood. Revealing the interplay between science and the wider culture, the Companion includes entries on topics such as minority groups, art, religion, and science's practical applications. One hundred biographies of the most iconic historic figures, chosen for their contributions to science and the interest of their lives, are also included. Above all The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science is a companion to world history: modern in coverage, generous in breadth, and cosmopolitan in scope. The volume's utility is enhanced by a thematic outline of the entire contents, a thorough system of cross-referencing, and a detailed index that enables the reader to follow a specific line of inquiry along various threads from multiple starting points. Each essay has numerous suggestions for further reading, all of which favor literature that is accessible to the general reader, and a bibliographical essay provides a general overview of the scholarship in the field. Lastly, as a contribution to the visual appeal of the Companion, over 100 black-and-white illustrations and an eight-page color section capture the eye and spark the imagination.
Every culture makes the distinction between "true religion" and magic, regarding one action and its result as "miraculous," while rejecting another as the work of the devil.
Author: Jacob Neusner Professor of Religion University of South Florida
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Every culture makes the distinction between "true religion" and magic, regarding one action and its result as "miraculous," while rejecting another as the work of the devil. Surveying such topics as Babylonian witchcraft, Jesus the magician, magic in Hasidism and Kabbalah, and magic in Anglo-Saxon England, these ten essays provide a rigrous examination of the history of this distinction in Christianity and Judaism. Written by such distinguished scholars as Jacob Neusner, Hans Penner, Howard Kee, Tzvi Abusch, Susan R. Garrett, and Moshe Idel, the essays explore a broad range of topics, including how certain social groups sort out approved practices and beliefs from those that are disapproved--providing fresh insight into how groups define themselves; "magic" as an insider's term for the outsider's religion; and the tendency of religious traditions to exclude the magical. In addition the collection provides illuminating social, cultural, and anthropological explanations for the prominence of the magical in certain periods and literature.