Do you believe in magic?

What is the cognitive basis for magic? The New York Times article, "Sleights of Mind," reminds me that we inhabit two worlds, one where physical law rules, and another, where our con-science offers us a representation, incomplete as it is, of what is.

Sounding more like a professor than a comedian and magician, Tellerdescribed how a good conjuror exploits the human compulsion to find patterns, and to impose them when they aren’t really there.

'In real life if you see something done again and again, you study it and you gradually pick up a pattern,' he said as he walked onstage holding a brass bucket in his left hand. 'If you do that with a magician, it’s sometimes a big mistake.'