Indistinguishable From... Magic as Interface, Technology, and Tradition

Illustration of a sleight of hand trick in magic.

Students learned and performed sleight of hand illusions as an assignment in this course. (Image courtesy of the Crossett Library on flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)


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Spring 2015



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With a focus on the creation of functional prototypes and practicing real magical crafts, this class combines theatrical illusion, game design, sleight of hand, machine learning, camouflage, and neuroscience to explore how ideas from ancient magic and modern stage illusion can inform cutting edge technology.

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Greg Borenstein, and Dan Novy. MAS.S66 Indistinguishable From... Magic as Interface, Technology, and Tradition. Spring 2015. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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