Learning Magic

Brian Rappert, University of Exeter

This project considers the possibilities for action associated with concealment, revelation, and deception through examining how they figure into entertainment magic. Through a self-study of skills acquisition, this project addresses questions such as: What skills and knowledge are required for dissimulation? What is concealed and revealed about the practice of magic through varied kinds of instruction? How do professionals define what should and should not be disclosed about their craft?


Listen to Brian further discuss the details of his research on secrecy and magic here in SPIN’s featured podcast episode.