Fooling the mind’s eye

Brain scientists find they have much to learn from magicians and their tricks

By Amanda Leigh Mascarelli, 16:21 PM September 19, 2012

If you’ve been to a magic show, you’ve almost certainly witnessed the mesmerizing trick in which a showman saws his female assistant in half. The woman lies down, her body seeming to extend the length of the table or some box. The magician seems to lock her inside a compartment (usually with her head and wiggling feet sticking out either end) and begins to saw through the region where her waist is hidden. After several excruciating minutes of suspense, out hops the woman. And her body is i...

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