Why are people fascinated by magic

Hocus pocus - why magic is fascinating

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Nothing is more boring than explaining magic tricks. Because magic is supposed to fool the audience. But a few questions are allowed, such as: What does magic have to do with art, science and mathematics? And: can you actually do magic on the radio?

Author: Kaa Linder, Pascal Biber, Hanna Wick, Ellinor Landmann, moderation: Brigitte Häring, editing: Maya Brändli

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Magic has been around for thousands of years. The fascination for this is not waning, but has actually been increasing lately. Actually astonishing, in a time that is - at least superficially - characterized by the demand for rationality and transparency.

Context dives into the world of card tricks, illusions, gifted misleaders. We visit the largest magic congress in Switzerland. We're talking to a psychologist who is researching what magic tricks can teach us about how human perception works. We learn what card tricks have to do with math. And we meet an artist who asks people to do magic for her in order to find out something that is true and not a deception.

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