Science is Magic

Packed with optical illusions, pranks, and fun facts, this book is a must-have for any aspiring scientist or magician (the two aren't as different as you might think)!

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Author: Steve Mould

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781465487858

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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Packed with over 40 magical science tricks for kids using simple experiments! Join comedian and author Steve Mould, #1 bestselling author of How to be a Scientist, and learn the secrets behind some of the most famous magic tricks and illusions (and learn some of your own). Learn how to bend water with a balloon, turn water into juice, make a glass beaker disappear in oil, and wow your friends with levitating tinsel! Packed with optical illusions, pranks, and fun facts, this book is a must-have for any aspiring scientist or magician (the two aren't as different as you might think)! Each trick is explained using step-by-step photographs, and the science behind each one is showcased clearly and simply. Sprinkled throughout the book are profiles of famous magicians and illusionists, such as Harry Houdini and David Blaine, and stories of how they used science to create their most famous tricks. Science is Magic is the perfect addition to any family bookshelf or classroom, putting a fresh spin on science for kids. What's fantastic about this kids' activity book is that many of the magic tricks or experiments are something you learn to perform on a friend and require practice. Thus, (the genius bit) it's not something kids will just do once and then turn the page. Think Magic Is Just An Illusion? Think again! Discover science - REAL magic at your fingertips. Learn some amazing experiments to wow your friends, find out how magicians use science in their most famous tricks, and discover the magic of the world around you. Packed with activities for kids from magic tricks to optical illusions, and peppered with fascinating facts, this educational book is a must-have for scientists and magicians alike. Added bonus, each 'trick' or experiment in the book uses simple items that can be grabbed from home or a hardware store. Get ready to wow your friends with some cool science-backed magic like: - Magnetic fingers - Reading minds - Color changing potion - Guess the coin - Floating ping pong ball and much more! Add other fun-filled Steve Mould titles in the DK collection to your bookshelves, like How To Be A Scientist and The Bacteria Book.

Religion Science and Magic In Concert and in Conflict

worldview accepts not only that its explanations are incomplete but that all future explanations will be incomplete.52 It is this difference, rather than criticism or falsification, that distinguishes magic from science, ...

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Author: Jacob Neusner Professor of Religion University of South Florida

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199729333

Category: Magic

Page: 312

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Every culture makes the distinction between "true religion" and magic, regarding one action and its result as "miraculous," while rejecting another as the work of the devil. Surveying such topics as Babylonian witchcraft, Jesus the magician, magic in Hasidism and Kabbalah, and magic in Anglo-Saxon England, these ten essays provide a rigrous examination of the history of this distinction in Christianity and Judaism. Written by such distinguished scholars as Jacob Neusner, Hans Penner, Howard Kee, Tzvi Abusch, Susan R. Garrett, and Moshe Idel, the essays explore a broad range of topics, including how certain social groups sort out approved practices and beliefs from those that are disapproved--providing fresh insight into how groups define themselves; "magic" as an insider's term for the outsider's religion; and the tendency of religious traditions to exclude the magical. In addition the collection provides illuminating social, cultural, and anthropological explanations for the prominence of the magical in certain periods and literature.

Experiencing the Impossible

Why do we enjoy experiencing what seems clearly impossible, or at least beyond our powers of explanation? In Experiencing the Impossible, Gustav Kuhn examines the psychological processes that underpin our experience of magic.

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Author: Gustav Kuhn

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262039468

Category: Science

Page: 296

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How the scientific study of magic reveals intriguing—and often unsettling—insights into the mysteries of the human mind. What do we see when we watch a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat or read a person's mind? We are captivated by an illusion; we applaud the fact that we have been fooled. Why do we enjoy experiencing what seems clearly impossible, or at least beyond our powers of explanation? In Experiencing the Impossible, Gustav Kuhn examines the psychological processes that underpin our experience of magic. Kuhn, a psychologist and a magician, reveals the intriguing—and often unsettling—insights into the human mind that the scientific study of magic provides. Magic, Kuhn explains, creates a cognitive conflict between what we believe to be true (for example, a rabbit could not be in that hat) and what we experience (a rabbit has just come out of that hat!). Drawing on the latest psychological, neurological, and philosophical research, he suggests that misdirection is at the heart of all magic tricks, and he offers a scientific theory of misdirection. He explores, among other topics, our propensity for magical thinking, the malleability of our perceptual experiences, forgetting and misremembering, free will and mind control, and how magic is applied outside entertaiment—the use of illusion in human-computer interaction, politics, warfare, and elsewhere. We may be surprised to learn how little of the world we actually perceive, how little we can trust what we see and remember, and how little we are in charge of our thoughts and actions. Exploring magic, Kuhn illuminates the complex—and almost magical—mechanisms underlying our daily activities.

Science and Magic in the Modern World

... the following features distinguish magic from science. Magic is based on the supposition that a person and the things of nature are linked one to the other by some kind of 'prearranged harmony' or 'understanding'.

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Author: Eugene V. Subbotsky

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429954702

Category: Psychology

Page: 226

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Science and Magic in the Modern World is a unique text that explores the role of magical thinking in everyday life. It provides an excellent psychological look at the subconscious belief in magic in both popular culture and society, as well as experimental research that considers human consciousness as a derivative of belief in the supernatural, thus showing that our feelings, emotions, attitudes and other psychological processes follow the laws of magic. This book synthesises the science of ‘natural’ phenomena and the magic of the ‘supernatural’ to present an interesting look at the juxtaposition of the inner and outer selves. Fusing research into psychological disorders, subconscious feelings, as well as the rising presence of artificial intelligence, this book demonstrates how an engagement with magical thinking can enhance one’s creativity and cognitive skills. Science and Magic in the Modern World is an invaluable resource for those studying consciousness, as well as those looking at the effect of magical thinking on religion, politics, science and society.

Science Magic in the Kitchen

This book uses objects to be found in a different room in the house, to explain some basic scientific principles through magic 'tricks', or experiments. It is complemented with cartoon illustrations.

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Author: Richard Robinson

Publisher:

ISBN: 0199111545

Category: Magic tricks

Page: 96

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Helps to find out about everyday science, while performing as a magician, and dazzle your friends and family. This book uses objects to be found in a different room in the house, to explain some basic scientific principles through magic 'tricks', or experiments. It is complemented with cartoon illustrations.

Martin Gardner s Science Magic

Fun and fascinating, 89 simple magic tricks will teach both children and adults the scientific principles behind electricity, magnetism, sound, gravity, water, and more.

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Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486152905

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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Fun and fascinating, 89 simple magic tricks will teach both children and adults the scientific principles behind electricity, magnetism, sound, gravity, water, and more. Only basic everyday items are needed. Includes 89 black-and-white illustrations.

Science Magic Tricks

Easy-to-follow instructions, clear illustrations for 50 safe, science-related tricks: making squares and lines disappear, creating a magical doorway out of paper, cutting glass with scissors, and much more.

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Author: Nathan Shalit

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486157313

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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Easy-to-follow instructions, clear illustrations for 50 safe, science-related tricks: making squares and lines disappear, creating a magical doorway out of paper, cutting glass with scissors, and much more.

Science and Magic The Search Begins

In a world where science is everything, humans rule the universe, and people no longer believe in magic.

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Author: Aditya Upadhaya

Publisher:

ISBN: 9390463734

Category:

Page: 140

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In a world where science is everything, humans rule the universe, and people no longer believe in magic. An earthling, Sam, who grew up believing that he is an orphan, dreams of finding true magic and the answer to life. His admission into Volgarth, a mysterious institution in the far-away planet of Tiron, brought hope into his life. He will meet new friends there; new territories and magical lore will be explored. But magic brings with it many mysteries and dangerous secrets. Strange secrets are associated with Sam and his past and it makes him special... but only if he can figure out what they are.

Magic Science Religion

These entities are not obscure in the same way, but their abstractness and expression in laws give them distinct family resemblances to religion and science. To start defining magic, we could point to the same positing of non-obvious ...

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Author: Ira Livingston

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004358072

Category: Political Science

Page: 162

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Magic Science Religion explores surprising intersections among the three meaning-making and world-making practices named in the title. Through colorful examples, the book reveals circuitous ways that social, cultural and natural systems connect, enabling real kinds of magic to operate.

A History of Science Magic and Belief

If there was magic in Adelard's firmament, it was magic only of Frazer's sort: the product of knowledge's failure to meet the standards of science. For Adelard, this perspective on the question amounted to the whole of the problem that ...

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Author: Steven P. Marrone

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781137029782

Category: History

Page: 336

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A History of Science, Magic and Belief is an exploration of the origins of modern society through the culture of the middle ages and early modern period. By examining the intertwined paths of three different systems for interpreting the world, it seeks to create a narrative which culminates in the birth of modernity. It looks at the tensions and boundaries between science and magic throughout the middle ages and how they were affected by elite efforts to rationalise society, often through religion. The witch-crazes of the sixteenth and seventeenth century are seen as a pivotal point, and the emergence from these into social peace is deemed possible due to the Scientific Revolution and the politics of the early modern state. This book is unique in drawing together the histories of science, magic and religion. It is thus an ideal book for those studying any or all of these topics, and with its broad time frame, it is also suitable for students of the history of Europe or Western civilisation in general.