The Exploitation of Gestalt Principles by Magicians

  title={The Exploitation of Gestalt Principles by Magicians},
  author={Anthony Barnhart},
  pages={1286 - 1289}
Magicians exploit a host of psychological principles in deceiving their audiences. Psychologists have recently attempted to pinpoint the most common psychological tendencies exploited by magicians. This paper highlights two co-occurring principles that appear to be the basis for many popular magic tricks: accidental alignment and good continuation. 

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