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Hardcover, 7 x 9.5 in. / 224 pgs / 165 color / 370 bw.

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The Spectacle of Illusion

Deception, Magic and the Paranormal

By Matthew Tompkins.

The tricks and props of magic and spiritualism: how magicians and psychics fooled the world—and what scientists can learn from them
Witches, magicians and spiritualists have for centuries horrified, entertained and entranced us with their tricks and illusions. This book investigates the types and uses of illusion through entertaining and bizarre drawings, engravings, double-exposure photographs, planchettes, trick tables, rapping hands, automata and illusion boxes. Professional-magician-turned-experimental-psychologist Matthew Tompkins traces the evolution of the arts of magic and illusion from the 18th century onward. He examines the simultaneous rise of magician-investigators such as Houdini and Randi alongside scientific critical thinkers who have sought to debunk the tricks and illusions employed by sham psychics, mind readers and mediums. Organized thematically within a broadly chronological trajectory, the book presents the art of magicians, illusionists, hypnotists and mediums, and exposes the mechanisms and the fakery behind the claims. After discussing the art of the trick, the power of suggestion and what magic can tell us about memory, belief and perception, The Spectacle of Illusion examines the practices of mesmerism and spiritualism and the misuse of hypnotism and magic tricks to sway belief and fool people. Drawing on the holdings of the Wellcome Collection, the Harry Price Library and the Society for Physical Research in the UK, it highlights how psychics and mediums have been challenged over the last 200 years by scientists and magicians, and examines some of the scientific investigations into the paranormal. The book concludes with a modern-day analysis of anomalistic psychology (sleep paralysis and hallucination) and the psychology of illusion (illusions of omission and commission, change and choice blindness and the art of misdirection), showing how unreliable the mind is, and how complicit in the success of the illusion.


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