How Selective Attention Can Mind-Bend You Through Magic

How Selective Attention Can Mind-Bend You Through Magic

Your mind is easily deceived which allows magic to work.

Has magic ever made you wonder, "Oh my God, how did they do that?" Well right now, you're at the right place to discover why. Magic is a visual disguise that tricks the viewers mind and makes the audience see only what the magician wants them to see. This is done usually by diverting attention to one object or hand while the magician does the trick with the part the viewer is not focused on. In psychology, selective attention is based on how the mind works and perceives info, explaining how our minds focus attention on one aspect and is able to block out all external factors. For example, when you're reading a book or watching a movie, you are not consciously aware of your surroundings since all your attention is in the reading or film. Another example is when if you stare at an object for long enough without blinking, objects around your central focal point seem to disappear.

So, how does magicians use this in this tricks? Check out the segment below at 1:00 to watch the trick!

Here, the magician seems to remove the cap of the lip balm and place it in his pocket. When he quickly brings the lip balm up near his mouth, the cap reappears on the top. This leaves the viewers in awe as to how this was even humanely possible. The secret to this is easy, the magician simply manipulated your mind and used sleight of hand. When he pulls the the lip balm back and seems to hold it in his other hand by cupping his hand, the viewers divert their attention to the hand which supposedly contains the cap, while he puts it in his pocket. In reality, the cap was in the original hand and placed in a secret position with a grip. The attention being diverted made it easier for the magician to cover himself up and easily bring the cap back up with sleight of hand.

With selective attention, the viewers' mind is diverted to what the magician wants you to see and not really what's happening. Next time you see magic, try paying attention to everything in detail and not what the magician outwardly portrays in order to figure out the trick!

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Lil Yachty's 'Lil Boat 2' May Not Be Enough To Keep Him Afloat

Here's what you need to know about "Lil Boat 2."

On March 9, Lil Yachty dropped his newest album, “Lil Boat 2.” The album consists of 17 songs, most of which were probably better off not being on the album and seriously failed to impress me, despite its early success on iTunes.

In all of the reviews I have ever written, I normally organize it song-by-song, giving feedback to each track. This time, however, I think I can save all of us time on this article by just being completely honest about Lil Yachty’s “Lil Boat 2.”

Most of the songs from 1-10 on the tracklist are NOT worth listening to.

Other than those three, every other song from the top ten songs on the tracklist were absolute garbage.

The beats to the songs weren’t that bad but, overall, it just sounded like Lil Yachty and his features were WAY too high to be in the studio.

Yachty’s flows, bars and rhyme schemes were ALL weak throughout the entire album, and if it weren’t for the final six songs on “Lil Boat 2,” this review would be nothing but bashing Lil Yachty.

From the 12th track on the album, "MICKEY" (ft. Offset, Lil Baby) the album runs through much more smoothly, regardless of how basic those last couple of songs are.

I imagine Lil Yachty’s fanbase consists mostly of teenagers who eat Tide for Internet views and anybody who knows nothing about what a real rapper is.

Seriously. I cannot stress how elementary this album is. If you’re looking for new rap music to listen to, check out Tory Lanez’s album, “MEMORIES DON’T DIE,” or Logic’s “Bobby Tarantino II.”

Both of those albums are so much better than “Lil Boat 2” that they make Yachty look like an amateur — which he is.

Final Score: 5.8/10
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Did Draco Malfoy Ever Get The Clout He Deserved?

Yes, he was literally the worst for a majority of the series. But does this one moment make up for it all?

The new trailer for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” series just dropped and I have a LOT of feelings. Mainly:

With the release of this new trailer, the only natural thing to do is to binge watch the "Harry Potter" series. Now, if you don’t know about "Harry Potter" series, I’m going to assume that you were born literally minutes ago. For those of you who do know what I’m talking about, let’s chat.

Throughout the series, we see some pretty rotten witches, wizards and muggles. The worst being Bellatrix LeStrange, in my opinion.

*Side note: Voldemort killed meticulously and with his own “reasoning” that supported his actions. Bellatrix killed for sport. No reason was necessary to support her choices. Regardless of who I thought was worse, it doesn’t change the fact that they were both 100% assholes.*

Throughout the movie, and even more so throughout the book, we are able to see slight character arcs for a majority of these lesser-evil villains, such as Petunia Dursley, Narcissa Malloy, Snape, and Draco Malfoy.

After Snape, Draco had one of the biggest character arcs in the series. He saved Harry and, ultimately, through his actions, gave Harry one last chance to defeat Voldemort. How? Well, Pottermore explains it best, but to put it simply, he refused to give Harry, Ron, and Hermione up to Bellatrix and the Snatchers.

This moment is so pivotal and apparent in the books, yet on screen, while it’s still a huge moment, it still gets downplayed. The weight of the moment isn’t truly felt and could be taken as more of a mistake on Malfoy’s part. That moment, if not understood correctly, could change many viewers' opinions about Draco's transformation from elitist, bigot, selfish snob to a (slightly) unknowingly ignorant, scared, defeated teen.

Damnit, J.K. Rowling, you’ve done it again. Even after all these years, somehow I still always seem to find something new.

Now let’s talk about how the new movie will allow the Ministry to apparate onto Hogwarts?!

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