Science of Magic Association
 
 Image Credit: Eli Sheiner

Image Credit: Eli Sheiner

 
 
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about SOMA

The Science of Magic Association (SOMA) promotes rigorous research directed toward understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of magic.

SOMA provides a platform for discussion and  dissemination of research and ideas on magic.

 

SOMA is an inclusive organization that welcomes members with diverse backgrounds including science and technology, humanities, practicing magicians, and individuals who are simply interested in science and magic.

 

 
 

 

Research

 

Interest in magic methods can be traced back throughout recorded history, but in the past 15 years, the Science of Magic has recently been undergoing a renaissance.

 The Westcar Papyrus dates to around the 18th Century BCE and describes a magician performing 'miracles' in the court of the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu

The Westcar Papyrus dates to around the 18th Century BCE and describes a magician performing 'miracles' in the court of the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu

 
 
 Classic Misdirection depicted in Heironymus Bosch's 'The Conjurer" 

Classic Misdirection depicted in Heironymus Bosch's 'The Conjurer" 

 

Since the year 2000, the body of experimental scientific literature on the topic of performance magic has more than quadrupled. To date, 55 empirical papers have been published on the topic of adult perceptions of magic tricks within the last 15 years, compared to the 12 that were published in the preceding century, between 1887 and 1999. 

 

Many of these new studies are currently available as OpenAccess articles: check-out Frontiers in Psychology’s Special Issue titled: Psychology of Magic and the Magic of Psychology.

You can also sign-up to our newsletter to receive a free bibliography listing every published empirical study of  adult perceptions of magic tricks. 

 
 
 

The S.o.m.A. Committee

 

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Upcoming 2019 CONFERENCE

We are thrilled to announce that our next conference will be taking place in Chicago, IL in the summer of 2019. This conference will bring together academics, researchers and magicians from around the world and will feature top keynote speakers, presentations on recent research, a poster session, and a gala show. 

Venue: Chicago Magic Lounge

 Located at: 5050 N. Clark St Chicago, Illinois 60640

Dates: July 14-16, 2019

We will be hosting a gala show on Sunday evening (July 14), and the conference itself will take place over the following Monday and Tuesday (July 15-16)

Confirmed Speakers:

Our keynote speakers will include psychologists Professor Elizabeth Loftus and Professor Dan Simons, as well as the magician Mac King

We are also pleased to announce that Simon Aronson will be attending as our Guest of Honor. 

Upcoming Announcements:

We will soon be accepting registrations as well as proposals for talks and posters

 

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Click Here- For information on our 2017 conference or our 2016 workshop