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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/13/2019

Magic Inc. presents 'The Spectacle of Illusion' author Matthew Tompkins & 'Experiencing the Impossible' author Gustav Kuhn in Chicago

Saturday, July 13 at 5 PM, Magic Inc.—the oldest continuously family-run brick and mortar magic shop in North America—presents Dr. Matthew L. Tompkins, author of The Spectale of Illusion, in conversation with Gustav Kuhn, author of Experiencing the Impossible, followed by a book signing.

Magic Inc. presents 'The Spectacle of Illusion' author Matthew Tompkins & 'Experiencing the Impossible' author Gustav Kuhn in Chicago

ABOVE: Images from Spectacle of Illusion and event info.


In The Spectale of Illusion, professional magician-turned experimental psychologist Dr. Matthew L. Tompkins investigates the arts of deception as practiced and popularized by mesmerists, magicians and psychics since the early 18th century. Organized thematically within a broadly chronological trajectory, this compelling book explores how illusions perpetuated by magicians and fraudulent mystics can not only deceive our senses but also teach us about the inner workings of our minds. Indeed, modern scientists are increasingly turning to magic tricks to develop new techniques to examine human perception, memory and belief.

Beginning by discussing mesmerism and spiritualism, the book moves on to consider how professional magicians such as John Nevil Maskelyne, Harry Houdini, and James Randi engaged with these movements—particularly how they set out to challenge and debunk paranormal claims. It also relates the interactions between magicians, mystics and scientists over the past 200 years, and reveals how the researchers who attempted to investigate magical and paranormal phenomena were themselves deceived, and what this can teach us about deception.

Highly illustrated throughout with entertaining and bizarre drawings, double-exposure spirit photographs and photographs of spoon-bending from hitherto inaccessible and un-mined archives, including the Wellcome Collection, the Harry Price Library, the Society for Physical Research, and last but not least, the Magic Circle’s closely guarded collection, the book also features newly commissioned photography of planchettes, rapping boards, tilting tables, ectoplasm, automata and illusion boxes. Concluding with a modern-day analysis of the science of magic and illusion, analyzing surprisingly weird phenomena such as ideomotor action, sleep paralysis, choice blindness and the psychology of misdirection, this unnerving volume highlights how unreliable our minds can be, and how complicit they can be in the perpetuation of illusions.


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 entertainment—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.

Books wil be available on premise for sale.

Magic Inc.
1838 W. Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
Email: info@magicinc.net
Phone: 773-334-2855
Magic Inc. presents 'The Spectacle of Illusion' author Matthew Tompkins & 'Experiencing the Impossible' author Gustav Kuhn in Chicago
Magic Inc. presents 'The Spectacle of Illusion' author Matthew Tompkins & 'Experiencing the Impossible' author Gustav Kuhn in Chicago
Magic Inc. presents 'The Spectacle of Illusion' author Matthew Tompkins & 'Experiencing the Impossible' author Gustav Kuhn in Chicago
Magic Inc. presents 'The Spectacle of Illusion' author Matthew Tompkins & 'Experiencing the Impossible' author Gustav Kuhn in Chicago
Magic Inc. presents 'The Spectacle of Illusion' author Matthew Tompkins & 'Experiencing the Impossible' author Gustav Kuhn in Chicago
Magic Inc. presents 'The Spectacle of Illusion' author Matthew Tompkins & 'Experiencing the Impossible' author Gustav Kuhn in Chicago
Magic Inc. presents 'The Spectacle of Illusion' author Matthew Tompkins & 'Experiencing the Impossible' author Gustav Kuhn in Chicago

The Spectacle of Illusion

The Spectacle of Illusion

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Hbk, 7 x 9.5 in. / 224 pgs / 165 color / 370 b&w.

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