Here is What Magicians Can Teach About How Our Minds Work

Take away the cards, confetti, and fireworks from a magic trick and what are you left with? Helpful clues about how our mind works and solves problems!


Magic Can Teach How We Think – In More Ways Than One

Making a scarf disappear is insignificant when compared to hiding the Statue of Liberty in ‘plain sight’ in front of hundreds of spectators.

In fact, this basic magic trick is the stuff street and close-up magicians make their career out of.

There have been many characters in the past and the present, out to expose magicians and how they perform their tricks. Yet studying magic can actually tell us so much more about us!

Here are just a few things magic teaches about how our minds work:

We Don’t Know What Is About To Happen

A magician relies on every trick in his magic book to make the show exciting for viewers. He plays with illusion, deception, makes objects disappear (and then reappear) and countless other little tricks. Little by little, this begins to paint the picture yet we don’t know what the end-result can be.

The same goes for us – we do a little work here, a little effort there – working on one goal. We don’t know when it’ll end and how it will connect with everything.

The Best Magicians Use Every Resource in Their Arsenal

Good magic will leave you wondering what happened after the trick runs its conclusion. The best kind of magic will tell a story! Magicians don’t do just tricks—they build a story around each one. They create an immersive and engaging experience, until the audience is left with a light headed feeling in their chests

How did the Great David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear? Well, he built a story around it before performing the actual trick. This is why everyone in the magical and human world still remembers him! 

Going Forwards Might Not Give You an Answer – Going Backwards Just Might

We often use our deductive reasoning skills, to solve a problem. We stack up facts, as many as we can find to arrive at the solution. We compare similar scenarios and think forwards, along the lines of ‘What comes next?”

Magicians often work backwards. They don’t think of the problem; but the solution before thinking about how to solve the problem at hand. This is called reverse engineering, i.e. solving a mystery by going backwards towards the solution.

Intrigued yet by all this talk about magic and how it scintillates our mind? See Noel Qualter in action on your next corporate event!

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