Dr. Matthew L. Tompkins is an American magician-turned-psychologist who completed his DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the cognitive psychology of illusions, and his experience as a professional magician—before he began his academic career—continues to influence his work. Today he joins the show to discuss experimental psychology and share insights from his book, The Spectacle of Illusion.
Listen in as Matt explains the similarities between magic/illusions and psychology, as well as how people can experience what feels like a paranormal situation using conventional psychological methods. You’ll learn how much of magic is driven by attention, what Anomalistic Psychology is, and more.
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On Today’s Episode We’ll Learn:
- How normal psychological methods can create what feels like a paranormal experience.
- The similarities between magic and psychology.
- How Matt made the switch from magician to DPhil in Experimental Psychology.
- What Anomalistic Psychology is.
- How much of magic is driven by attention.
Key Resources for Matt Tompkins:
- Connect with Matt Tompkins: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn
- Amazon: The Spectacle of Illusion
- The Spectacle of Illusion Page
- The Science of Magic Association
- Amazon: Modern Coin Magic
- Jay Olson
- The Invisible Gorilla
- Simons and Chabris’ Invisible Gorilla Video
- Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin
- Alfred Binet
- Smoke and Mirrors Exhibition
- Gustav Kuhn’s MAGIC Lab
- Amazon: Friction
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