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The art of cognitive blindspots | Kyle Eschen | TEDxVienna

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Using two classics of magic, Kyle Eschen explores the psychological techniques that underlie theatrical deception. As people wander the world, they use assumptions and heuristics to filter out everything that they deem unimportant - Kyle gives a conjuror’s perspective on the brain’s predictable blind spots. More information on http://www.tedxvienna.at Magician Kyle Eschen thinks deeply about psychology of deception. Through a decade of performing he has seen that people possess gaping blind spots, which he will highlight through magic routines with audacious methods. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Darrell Tan (8 hours ago)
The best part is not the magic illusion that is shown but the humor that the speaker speaks and how the poker face comes in.
Waseeq Butt (1 day ago)
Actually thats not 30 degrees, thats more like 45 degrees
Cinema (3 days ago)
Is this the guy from SNL
the nostalgia is overwhelming
Kate Jannuzzi (3 days ago)
This guy's is good too 😊💕
Fluttershy .Windwing (4 days ago)
my mind has been violated
Pritish Mishra (5 days ago)
Did we learn something? Please share with me if anyone did 😶.
Alex Denis (5 days ago)
He reminds me of Castiel from supernatural in such an uncanny way
〘ƘƖѴΛƝ〙 (5 days ago)
@10:27 communism in a nutshell
TheSaint676 (5 days ago)
I love his deadpan delivery of his biting humor
Jazzy Jay (5 days ago)
It's always the audiences in ted talks that kinda ruin the funny speeches...
Bill Clay (8 days ago)
They don't have the density of diamonds. He's a liar and I want my money back.
shaun rinker (9 days ago)
Do people feel like they have to laugh? Like they are supposed to?
Richie Lew (9 days ago)
you can see him slightly shaking ahha cute
Mark Hunt (10 days ago)
Counter weights, he has to tilt the stick to release and contract the string, it's a very light tassel
iDon'tLikeWasp (11 days ago)
People don't laugh that much because Ted talk audience think they're supposed to act "intelligent". They're trying to find the underlying message.
ramaraksha01 (11 days ago)
"If i had real magic powers this is what I will do all day" lol - but he is not that far off God created this huge universe, we get to live here for a few years and then based on getting his name right and joining the "right" religion we get to live in comfort for eternity. God, right now, is catering to the cozy comforts of billions of lazy bums right now snoring away in Heaven! Ah, the Grand Plan of God! And billions think the above makes perfect sense - they actually killed and continue to kill and discriminate against those who think otherwise
porkchop1797 (12 days ago)
Oh how very whimsical!
Greg King (13 days ago)
I see how he does the ball trick and its insane how fast he can move his hands
Allen Jacob (13 days ago)
I like the unique showmanship. He puts the lemons in as he removes the red balls out. The 3rd lemon in pretty obvious. He puts his hand in the pocket which was not necessary. The other two times he pulls the lemons out when he puts his hand to keep the balls. But I made out only because I could watch the video again and again. Great show of magic nevertheless
RavenShield78 (14 days ago)
This act is so well refined it's really more of a lesson, if only school was this much fun.
Trevor Klinebriel (14 days ago)
Cheap humor. Expensive ideas. Love this video and giving it a like which i almost never do.
Professional Funny (14 days ago)
this guy was so fuckin funny
Dan Wilmot (14 days ago)
watch him when he puts his hands in his pocket. that's when the misdirection occurs
ssweetr R (16 days ago)
The trick done to split the ball in two is fabulous than switching between cups, he made it look like only one ball at both hands.
Austin Boals (18 days ago)
Rewatch the magic trick and focus on the cups watch how he palms the fruit and then tilts the cups and puts it under them
Lone Wolf (18 days ago)
10:48 put it in 0.25 speed, he placed the red ball in his right hand
Logan Outlaw (18 days ago)
the string was at his wrist around his upper torso whole time. You can see his sleeves twitch.. took me all of 3 seconds...
Český Hráč (19 days ago)
...magnets?
PAaps 6ix (19 days ago)
WORST AUDIENCE EVER XDDDD like wtf
PK okey (19 days ago)
Once my brother was looking for the oatmeal box and he was looking in the cabinets and it was right in front of him, basicly touching him.
Bird58 (19 days ago)
The audience is wondering "do we applaud now?"
DBKnave (20 days ago)
there is 4 balls btw
Adam Prince (21 days ago)
I rewatched a bunch of times to understand how he does all the slight of hand with the cups, sponges, and fruits. I understand how he did all of it except the sponge mitosis. That one was good.
Leah Bee Walker (21 days ago)
I’m getting such a Sheldon cooper vibe from him and I don’t even watch the Big Bang theory
Aiden Daniels (22 days ago)
Wasn't this guy on Penn and Teller?
Christos Koninis (23 days ago)
He speaks like the narrator in Magnolia
Hosef Villar (24 days ago)
10:26 that face he makes was hillarious
freddyvonrabenau1 (25 days ago)
re comments about the crowd being tough because they don't laugh. Even if your skills in a second language are good to communicate at even high conversational level, the hardest thing to do are cryptic crosswords followed by regular crossword puzzles and jokes. Jokes in particular often depend on the individual's understanding of social context as well as a huge vocabulary with all the nuances of sarcasm, facetiousness etc and the understanding of double meaning of words. This means that in order to understand jokes you not only have to be able to fully follow what the person is saying but have to be able to understand all the other things mentioned above as well. TBH, I was surprised that people laughed at all as his jokes were quite subtle.
Taylor11 (27 days ago)
10:28 I laughed too hard....
Way_B (27 days ago)
The ball toss has barely 3 frames where the ball is midair, 1 frame if you're picky about it. That's crazy.
TINKY WINKY (27 days ago)
"Now, some of the more astute among you, maybe have realised a transformation have taken place" LMFAO
Ashar (1 month ago)
Sense of humor level of this dude is insane
Hayden Porter (1 month ago)
The comedy is dry, the tricks cheap and trods over simple obvious common concepts.
Michael Tran (1 month ago)
11:32 he lifts the cup and puts the ball in as he picks up the other
EMILIANO P (1 month ago)
I could have swore he was a she, and that being the cognitive blindspot.
Boglárka Lázár (1 month ago)
Excellent!
Prayag Sharma (1 month ago)
In your first trick I can see you are raising ur stick while pulling the string of the other one .......there might be weight suspended inside the stick at the end of the string
Rizza99 Fortnite (1 month ago)
2.2 million views and no one knows what he did on each one, letme explain Read more
Rizza99 Fortnite (1 month ago)
actually, not trolling you but I will explain, The first trick, before he "put the ball in his right hand" he put it in his left, the next one he threw it up and caught it. I want to inform you, he had three balls the whole time. On the last one he used that advantage. one of the balls were on the ground after he did the disappear trick. He put the ball under the third cup (the one on the ground). I am not done watching and I am too lazy.
King (1 month ago)
at 11:30 you can see he doesnt put the ball in his hand and when he lifts the cup you can see him putting the ball in
River N. Roberts (1 month ago)
Anyone else notice in HIS left jacket cuff the string from the first trick?
Nikita Woolcock (1 month ago)
If you want to see how the trick is done watch the cups and balls in slow mo
fidobarks (1 month ago)
I NOMINATE HIM FOR STARDOM !!!
fidobarks (1 month ago)
typical Vienna audience. thud.
Do Bo (1 month ago)
boring crowd
Joshua McAleese (1 month ago)
Meh
predrag pavicevic (1 month ago)
The great discovery for me. The Man is a true master of art and of an irony and satire also. Great!
DaT_TC (1 month ago)
lol thats not 30 degrees that more 45 degrees
Ascended Life Form (1 month ago)
I want this guy to narrate my life, he seems to be very good at making dull and mundane occurrences entertaining.
BOB (1 month ago)
the audience seems to think his comedic pauses are an invitation to applaud him. the evidently don't understand his humor
Martin Olson (1 month ago)
Hysterical and brilliant.
Julian N. (1 month ago)
He's cheating! He has three balls.
David Geffeney (1 month ago)
Seems to me the audience laughed often and got his jokes.
Stanzi Curtis (1 month ago)
This guy's sense of humor absolutely destroys me
Barney Lynch (1 month ago)
He is like the Steven Wright of magic.
torren rachu (1 month ago)
This guy is absolutely hilarious and needs a TV show where he narrates with dry comedy to fill the gaps of silence because dear God this is some comedic slaying
msalis1 (1 month ago)
I love this guy, his humor is wonderful, and I dont care how many times I see the tricks or hear the jokes, I am always entertained.
nishant gautam (1 month ago)
You r lame .. Such an old trick
thekbon (1 month ago)
Good job, guy
AliJ (1 month ago)
Sheldon
6laderunner (1 month ago)
He's got the perfect balance of cynical humor with a touch of genuineness. So funny. I think a younger audience would have been laughing their asses off. Unfortunately, TED talks don't really attract audiences that are ready for cutting edge humor.
Cheol su (1 month ago)
comedians have many things to learn from him
pelham Dathorne (1 month ago)
omg i got a protractor and measured it and its 28 degrees
Joe Crawley (1 month ago)
put video on 0.25 speed to see how he does it
webmillions (1 month ago)
What an excellent humorist and performance wasted on the worst crowd in human history. 😂😡
Rebecca Hayat (1 month ago)
I love this guy!
Fin Fen (1 month ago)
If anyone made another Monty Python-like series, I want this guy right on center stage.
igor svakurac (1 month ago)
his dry humour is great but his performance is bad af
Owais Lord (1 month ago)
Pause at 10:49 at 0.25x and u will see how the trick works
Womble Robert (1 month ago)
I think he genuinely is nervous, Is he anchoring with all this left forefinger holding??
Laugh you mongoloids
None Ofyerbisness (1 month ago)
He tries to tone down the awkwardness for the stage.
Kwaidan Duncan (1 month ago)
8:27 the kind stranger is texting on the left
PureSalem Guitars (1 month ago)
Kyle is amazing. The magic is fantastic BUT his delivery is perfect. One of my favorite COMICS .
Meg Buchanan (2 months ago)
I know how the stick one is done. When he pulls the one from his pocket, before he lets it go (it actually retracts back into its self), he grabs the one in his hand and pulls while letting go of pocket one at same time. Thus looking like he is magic.
Time Wobblers (2 months ago)
at 10:49 you can actually see the false pass of a ball. I know that because I'm somewhat of a magician myself - I have watched a video about this on youtube.
tokyoghoulsucks (2 months ago)
but how did he do it? i need to know 😑😑😑😑😑😑😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
Shiroi Watashinomori (2 months ago)
slight of hands is art... forget the grandeur huge illusions with elephants and huge exploding lights... slight of hands is perfection ♥
chris caruso (2 months ago)
The trick to the strings and wood blocks is the strings are weighted inside the wood so when he angles them upward they fall back inside
PoSeiDoN Venuh (2 months ago)
The limes go into the first cup at 11:39 from somewhere around his belt. The second lime goes in at 11:46 in the same manner and the last lime goes into the first cup again at 13:18.... You are welcome. 😂
PoSeiDoN Venuh (2 months ago)
Oh I just realised someone already gave a detailed observation of all the moves. But anyway, hope it helps.
Kazperian (2 months ago)
10:49 at 0.25x speed, hiding the ball in his right hand instead of his left.
MeatSim9 (2 months ago)
I'm so proud, I solved the trick. :D
Lation94 (2 months ago)
The last sentences were really great. I kew the trick and could see through all his movements of the balls and where his hands were going but it's still a great trick in my opinion even while being so simple.
Jason McKnight, II (2 months ago)
10:22 😂
Aaron Hydes (2 months ago)
When he makes the second ball "disappear", you can just about see him flick the ball, release the pen and then catch them both. Amazing skill
WesleyEngDOTcom (2 months ago)
worst audience ever
Raf Vnetu (2 months ago)
Audience sucked.
Peka Chu (2 months ago)
sad jokes and poor delivery
Jonathan Perez (2 months ago)
Deadpan at its finest
The Campfire (2 months ago)
His humor is like the desert...dryer than you could possibly imagine.
nisam faras (2 months ago)
Ohh hack i got that *stick trick* see when he pulling the rope he tilt the stick upside because inside the stick there is weight attached with rope so when weight goes down the rope tide with weight will also goes down hence the rope goes inside the stick...

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