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dc.contributor.authorGarcia, Elias
dc.contributor.authorWilkins, Clive
dc.contributor.authorClayton, Nicola
dc.description.abstractThe use of magic effects to investigate the blind spots in attention and perception and roadblocks in the cognition of the spectator has yielded thought-provoking results elucidating how these techniques operate. However, little is known about the interplay between experience practising magic and being deceived by magic effects. In this study, we performed two common sleight of hand effects and their real transfer counterparts to non-magicians, and to magicians with a diverse range of experience practising magic. Although, as a group, magicians identified the sleights of hand as deceptive actions significantly more than non-magicians; this ability was only evidenced in magicians with more than 5 years in the craft. However, unlike the rest of the participants, experienced magicians had difficulty correctly pinpointing the location of the coin in one of the real transfers presented. We hypothesise that this might be due to the inherent ambiguity of this transfer, in which, contrary to the other real transfer performed, no clear perceptive clue is given about the location of the coin. We suggest that extensive time practising magic might have primed experienced magicians to anticipate foul play when observing ambiguous movements, even when the actions observed are genuine.
dc.publisherNature Publishing Group
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.titleInvestigating expert performance when observing magic effects
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Psychology
prism.publicationNameScientific Reports
dc.contributor.orcidGarcia Pelegrin, Elias [0000-0003-0024-9861]
dc.contributor.orcidClayton, Nicola [0000-0003-1835-423X]
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.orpheus.success2022-07-25: VoR added
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