At a recent conference talk on magic given in Las Vegas, Teller [the quiet one] gave the most amazing definition of magic I wish I’d heard before writing about Scott Sforza for Cabinet Magazine’s magic issue:
[Magic is] the theatrical linking of a cause with an effect that has no basis in physical reality, but that — in our hearts — ought to.”
I wish he’d have piped up sooner.
Sleights of Mind [NYT]
previously: Cabinet 26: “Perspective Correction