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The paddle move commonly used in magic tricks as a means for analysing the perceptual limits of combined motion trajectories.
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PMID:  21692425     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Following Gustav Kuhn's inspiring technique of using magicians' acts as a source of insight into cognitive sciences, we used the 'paddle move' for testing the psychophysics of combined movement trajectories. The paddle move is a standard technique in magic consisting of a combined rotating and tilting movement. Careful control of the mutual speed parameters of the two movements makes it possible to inhibit the perception of the rotation, letting the 'magic' effect emerge--a sudden change of the tilted object. By using 3-D animated computer graphics we analysed the interaction of different angular speeds and the object shape/size parameters in evoking this motion disappearance effect. An angular speed of 540 degrees s(-1) (1.5 rev. s(-1)) sufficed to inhibit the perception of the rotary movement with the smallest object showing the strongest effect. 90.7% of the 172 participants were not able to perceive the rotary movement at an angular speed of 1125 degrees s(-1) (3.125 rev. s(-1)). Further analysis by multiple linear regression revealed major influences on the effectiveness of the magic trick of object height and object area, demonstrating the applicability of analysing key factors of magic tricks to reveal limits of the perceptual system.
Andreas Hergovich; Kristian Gröbl; Claus-Christian Carbon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perception     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0301-0066     ISO Abbreviation:  Perception     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372307     Medline TA:  Perception     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  358-66     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Dr Karl Lueger Ring 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria.
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