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Harry Francis

on 20 December 2012

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By Harry and Stuart MAGIC What is Magic? Types of Magic Magicians Optical Illusions Thank you for Listening Illusion Religion Paranormal The use of paranormal methods to manipulate natural forces, such as witchcraft May involve the intercession of deities or other spirits, such as prayer Dynamo David Blaine Magic through time Derren Brown Derren Brown is a British illusionist, mentalist, hypnotist, painter, writer, and sceptic. He is known for his appearances in television specials, stage productions, and British television series such as Trick of the Mind and Trick or Treat. Though his performances of mind-reading and other feats of mentalism may appear to be the result of psychic or paranormal practices, he claims no such abilities and frequently denounces those who do. Most recently Derren Brown made a person believe that the world was ending in his two part show Apocolypta In his earlier life he showed card acts. Later he focused on feats of endurance. He could have been buried for 7 days alive. His TV special ‘Frozen in Time’ was very popular where he showed that he can encase for 61 hours, 40 minutes, and 15 seconds. He is an American magician is famous for his street and close-up magic which was the new trend in magic. As David was a street magician he could notice the real reaction of the spectators. In his popular named ‘Vertigo’ he was lifted by a crane onto a90 foot high pillar. This great magician told that he became happy when he saw that people irrespective of religion, age, sex, and race come to see his magic and smile. His debut TV series ‘Dynamo: Magician Impossible’ was broadcast on Sky Channel Watch on the 7th July 2011 and quickly broke all viewing records with over 1m viewers tuning in to the first episode in a slot which normally only commands an audience of 100K In 2004, after moving to London, Dynamo set out to fulfill stage one of his plan; the creation of the first ever magic ‘mix-tape’. Along with a small team he filmed his performances on the streets of London and backstage at events From an early age, Dynamo was inspired by the impact of hip-hop culture. He was strongly influenced by local breakdancers who fused together a variety of styles Oxford English dictionary has several meanings for this word, but The term "magic" is derived from the Greek word magika:
- the power of apparently influencing events by using mysterious or supernatural forces. Prehistoric people who buried cave bears probably started "magic". They probably did this as a magic rite (spell). Scientists believe those drawings and carvings are a form of magic.

Ancient Egyptians used magic figures, and rites as their magic. Magic was very important to them because they believed that it would provide them with crop, punishments, and rewards, and keeping the pharaoh happy.

. During the Middle Ages, Europeans believed strongly in magic. Almost all Europeans believed in its power. At the same time they also thought it was sinful. At that time chemists searched for two very valuable substances, the philosopher's stone and the elixir of life

. From the 1500's to the1700's, belief in magic continued spread around the world. Even the highly educated people believed in its power. For example, Sir Isaac Newton studied alchemy. People by this time were tired of witchcraft.

Magic today is way different than hundreds of years ago. Some people still believe in witchcraft or still read their horoscope in the daily newspaper, but we mostly use it as entertainment. It is also with us in superstitions.

. Magic is a performing art that entertains audiences by staging tricks or creating illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats using natural means. One who performs such illusions is called a magician or an illusionist. Some performers may also be referred to by names reflecting the type of magical effects they present, such as conjurors, mentalists, or escape artists. An optical illusion (also called a visual illusion) is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality. The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a perception that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source. Prehistoric People Ancient Egyptians Middle Ages 16th-18th century Magic Today Ways of Knowing Justification Is it real?
Judging from what we see before us, is it real? But do our eyes deceive us? Coherentism Perception Knowledge Reason http://www.echalk.co.uk/amusements/OpticalIllusions/motionBlindness/motionBlindness.html Do we chose to believe it or are we just amazed by what we have just seen? For example by deduction, if we see a performer choosing a member of the public to participate in the act, we tend to believe it What is Coherentism? Beliefs are justified if they cohere with other beliefs a person holds, each belief is justified if it coheres with the overall system of beliefs. Reason is the defining line as to believe or not to believe and everyone has a different way of reasoning which decides whether to believe in magic, or not. From the information(what people are seeing) that is given do people think it is real. Knowledge is the argument against magic. because magic defies logic and logic is the the knowledge of the world , but (if done well) it looks real. And personally we have no argument about how it has been done, even though we don't know how it has been done. Perception is how the viewer interprets the information that has been given. this take both reason and knowledge to decipher whether or not it is real. it is all down to an individuals beliefs.
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