Performing Deception: Learning, Skill and the Art of Conjuring - cover image

Copyright

Brian Rappert

Published On

2022-05-27

ISBN

Paperback978-1-80064-690-2
Hardback978-1-80064-691-9
PDF978-1-80064-692-6
HTML978-1-80064-696-4
XML978-1-80064-695-7
EPUB978-1-80064-693-3
AZW3978-1-80064-694-0

Language

  • English

Print Length

228 pages (xiv+214)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 15 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.59" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 19 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.75" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback437g (15.41oz)
Hardback611g (21.55oz)

Media

Illustrations5

OCLC Number

1323253964

LCCN

2021392552

BIC

  • UB
  • JFHX
  • JMB
  • JHMC
  • AFKP
  • ASZG

BISAC

  • TEC052000
  • TRU004000
  • SOC008000
  • ART060000

LCC

  • BF1623
  • BF1623

Keywords

  • entertainment magic
  • perception
  • deception
  • learning
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Performing Deception

Learning, Skill and the Art of Conjuring

In Performing Deception, Brian Rappert reconstructs the practice of entertainment magic by analysing it through the lens of perception, deception and learning, as he goes about studying conjuring himself.

Through this novel meditation on reasoning and skill, Rappert elevates magic from the undertaking of mere trickery to an art that offers the basis for rethinking our possibilities for acting in the modern world.

Performing Deception covers a wide range of theories in sociology, philosophy, psychology and elsewhere in order to offer a striking assessment of the way secrecy and deception are woven into social interactions, as well as the illusionary and paradoxical status of expertise.

Endorsements

Brian Rappert provides a wonderful reflective and academic account of his journey towards mastering the art of magic. 'Performing Deception' also teaches us a lot about the inner workings of this secretive artform and the communities that produce it. This book will be of interest to anyone who would like to learn more about the mysteries of perception, deception and secrecy.

Dr Gustav Kuhn

Goldsmiths, University of London

Contents

Preface: Attention, Attention, Attention!

(pp. vii–xii)
  • Brian Rappert
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0295.09

1. A Kind of Magic

(pp. 1–20)
  • Brian Rappert
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0295.01

2. Self and Other

(pp. 21–46)
  • Brian Rappert
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0295.02

3. Control and Cooperation

(pp. 47–72)
  • Brian Rappert
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0295.03

4. Natural and Contrived

(pp. 73–98)
  • Brian Rappert
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0295.04

5. Proficiency and Inability

(pp. 99–124)
  • Brian Rappert
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0295.05

6. Truth and Deception

(pp. 125–146)
  • Brian Rappert
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0295.06

7. Control and Care

(pp. 147–174)
  • Brian Rappert
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0295.07

8. Learning and Unlearning

(pp. 175–190)
  • Brian Rappert
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0295.08

Contributors

Brian Rappert

(author)
Professor of Science, Technology and Public Affairs at University of Exeter