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Video: The Spectacle of Illusion

Posted on 11 Sep 2019

Author and magician-turned-experimental psychologist Matthew L. Tompkins shows us how magicians and psychics in the 18th century used deception to blur the lines between our world and the supernatural.

The Spectacle of Illusion is is the official book accompanying the Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition ‘Smoke and Mirrors’.

In the book magician-turned-experimental psychologist Matthew L. Tompkins investigates the arts of deception as practised and popularised by mesmerists, magicians and psychics since the early 18th century.

You can read an extract from The Spectacle of Illusion here.

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The Spectacle of Illusion

Magic, the paranormal & the complicity of the mind Matthew L. Tompkins
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