Teller Talks Magic and Neuroscience

Teller, the smaller, quieter half of Penn & Teller writes in the Smithsonian Magazine about magic and neuroscience.

I’m all for helping science. But after I share what I know, my neuroscientist friends thank me by showing me eye-tracking and MRI equipment, and promising that someday such machinery will help make me a better magician.

I have my doubts. Neuroscientists are novices at deception. Magicians have done controlled testing in human perception for thousands of years.