Deceptology – how the mind plays tricks on us all

At first glance, magic and neuroscience are two disciplines we might not think have very much in common. That hasn’t stopped Melbourne magician and author Nicholas J. Johnson (pictured above) from combining the two in an innovative new show being presented as part of this year’s Melbourne Magic Festival at Northcote Town Hall. Exploring the world of neuromagic—an emerging field in neuroscience that seeks to understand in neurological terms why our brains are fooled by magic tricks—Deceptology is designed to not only entertain audiences with magic tricks and comedy but also to explain how the tricks work and why. Johnson says his own interest in neuroscience was sparked in 2009 when he was hospitalised with a chronic tic disorder, losing control of his facial expressions and movements. Overnight, Johnson developed…

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