Can you believe your eyes?

Magic tricks, optical illusions, death-defying feats, digital lies. Believe it or not.

  1. 16:30
    Beau Lotto Optical illusions show how we see

    Beau Lotto's color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can't normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what's really out there.

  2. 8:56
    Aparna Rao Art that craves your attention

    In this charming talk, artist Aparna Rao shows us her latest work: cool, cartoony sculptures (with neat robotic tricks underneath them) that play with your perception — and crave your attention. Take a few minutes to simply be delighted.

  3. 13:11
    Helder Guimarães A magical search for a coincidence

    Small coincidences. They happen all the time and yet, they pass us by because we are not looking for them. In a delightfully subtle trick, magician Helder Guimarães demonstrates with a deck of cards, a dollar bill and a stuffed giraffe.

  4. 11:43
    David Kwong Two nerdy obsessions meet — and it's magic

    David Kwong is a magician who makes crossword puzzles — in other words, a pretty nerdy guy. And for his next trick ...

  5. 12:04
    Danielle Feinberg The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life

    Danielle Feinberg, Pixar's director of photography, creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code. Go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more, and discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastic worlds where the things you imagine can become real. This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Science & Wonder."

  6. 19:49
    Keith Barry Brain magic

    First, Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies — in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic.

  7. 15:14
    Arthur Benjamin A performance of "Mathemagic"

    In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you.

  8. 20:19
    David Blaine How I held my breath for 17 minutes

    In this highly personal talk from TEDMED, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes — a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) — and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do NOT try this at home.

  9. 14:33
    Al Seckel Visual illusions that show how we (mis)think

    Al Seckel, an expert on illusions, explores the perceptual illusions that fool our brains. He shares loads of cool tricks to prove that not only are we easily fooled, we kind of like it.

  10. 5:07
    Marco Tempest The magic of truth and lies (and iPods)

    Using three iPods like magical props, Marco Tempest spins a clever, surprisingly heartfelt meditation on truth and lies, art and emotion.

  11. 31:08
    Lennart Green Close-up card magic with a twist

    Like your uncle at a family party, the rumpled Swedish doctor Lennart Green says, "Pick a card, any card." But what he does with those cards is pure magic — flabbergasting, lightning-fast, how-does-he-do-it? magic.

  12. 7:36
    Shilo Shiv Suleman Using tech to enable dreaming

    Has our technology — our cell phones and iPods and cameras — stopped us from dreaming? Young artist Shilo Shiv Suleman says no, as she demos "Khoya," her new storybook for iPad, which floats us through a magical world in 7 minutes of pure creativity.

  13. 16:10
    Petter Johansson Do you really know why you do what you do?

    Experimental psychologist Petter Johansson researches choice blindness — a phenomenon where we convince ourselves that we're getting what we want, even when we're not. In an eye-opening talk, he shares experiments (designed in collaboration with magicians!) that aim to answer the question: Why do we do what we do? The findings have big implications for the nature of self-knowledge and how we react in the face of manipulation. You may not know yourself as well as you think you do.