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  1. Introduction
  2. The magical tricks
  3. The aesthetic deceptions in magic
  4. The optical illusions in a science exhibition
  5. The sixth sense and illusions
  6. Conclusion
  7. Bibliography

So what, I thought? It was really quite a simple move. When standing in the magic shop, among a group of thirty teenage magicians, their fathers, and the Director of the Society of Young Magicians, there are only two ways to categorize the miniature miracles going on in the hands of these wizards. Either they are performing a trick (making a coin vanish, finding someone's selected card in a pocket) or they are performing a move (secretly moving a coin from his palm to his fingertips, unknowingly transferring a card from the center of the deck to the top). In this case, sleight-of-hand and effect directly overlapped. My friend waved his hand over the deck, and the Queen of Hearts visually changed into the Ace of Spades, accompanied by the immediate spreading of his fingers.

[...] From the audience's perspective, magic as an art can be the most fragile. In this art, the illusion is it. Not understanding the illusions is where our emotions take us over. The experience is replenishing, and leaves us wanting more. I could certainly never see just one magic trick. Part of the fun is figuring out the secret, until the secret is revealed. Then the art disappears. There are only mechanics. Our emotions then are less about letting the art take us in, as they are about criticism. [...]

[...] This disconnect, presents a larger flaw if magic is to be called an art- form. The aesthetic deceptions in magic are made up of our secrets, our methods, and our technique. However, the techniques and secrets are not a part of our souls. We do not express ourselves and our life's experiences through the actual illusions that take place; our own selves only come out through our performances and our presentations of the tricks we do. Magicians continue to work hard bridging the connection between our deceptions and our selves. [...]

[...] Magic can only confuse us. Therefore, when we discover a secret, these irrelevant impossibilities are just solved puzzles that no longer have a real purpose. Pop culture even demonstrates that children and adults are much more fascinated by Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings than they are with seeing a live magician. The ancient argument for imagination when reading these classics is canceled out upon seeing the movies, where the miracles described are physically brought to life on a giant screen for the show and for our judgment. [...]

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