playlist

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. 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.

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 14:33
    Al Seckel Visual illusions that show how we (mis)think

    Al Seckel, a cognitive neuroscientist, explores the perceptual illusions that fool our brains. Loads of eye tricks help him prove that not only are we easily fooled, we kind of like it.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.