International Journal of Inactivism — Mindless Link Propagation section

  • 03:48:00 am on June 7, 2009 | 0

    Money quote by Sharon Beder:

    Magicians use three methods to deceive their audience. The first is known as ‘misdirection’, where they divert the attention of the audience from what they don’t want seen. The second is ‘illusion’, in which social clues mislead the brain about what it perceives. The third is called ‘forcing’, where the target is manipulated by the magician to make a specific choice: actions might be described in a misleading way or the magician might present biased choices – for example, by loading a pack of cards with multiples of a specific card.1

    Public relations is another form of deception. While magic tends to be used as a harmless entertainment, public relations often employs the same techniques to further corporate interests that are incompatible with community welfare.

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