Thursday, June 21, 2007

Deric off to Magic and Consciousness in Las Vegas - ASSC meeting

I'm taking off now for the annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness meeting in Las Vegas, June 22-25, at the Imperial Palace Hotel on the Strip. The program looks fascinating, with many luminaries in the field of consciousness studies. A special feature is a show by famous magicians and illusionists illustrating the psychological and perceptual tricks they employ.

Perhaps I'll have time to give you some "dispaches from the front." Otherwise, I'll try to present some bon-bons from the meeting on this blog when I get back.


  1. I can't tell you how much I envy you. Penn&Teller alone is worth the trip (or so they say).
    Following their work - and that of other magicians has taught me more about using distraction as a therapeutic tool than anything else.
    Imagine that: a physiotherapist reading and studying magic in order to be able to treat chronic pain (better)!
    What a wonderful world. ;-)

  2. Anonymous11:09 AM

    You might want to see a thread on precisely about that. It's titled "Manual Magic" and can be found in "Barrett Dorko's Forums"