The BBC takes a look at why we like magic.
The article is inspired by a recently released book by Dr. Gustav Kuhn from the University of London: Experiencing the Impossible: The Science of Magic. Using science to investigate magicians and how magic works has become rather popular lately. Magicians are, at their core, empiricists. A trick either fools people or it doesn’t. It generates astonishment and applause or it doesn’t. And psychologists are now excited to explore the why behind the how.
But why is magic exciting for us, even when the unexplainable can be deeply discomfiting? As Dr. Kuhn puts it: