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

 

2017 CONFERENCE

We recently held a two-day conference featuring academics, researchers, and magicians from around the world, along with top keynote speakers, presentations on recent research, a poster session, and a panel discussion on applications of Science of Magic research. 

 Juan Tamariz attended as our guest of honor

Juan performed in the gala show and delivered our closing lecture. 

 

We also hosted Gala Show on the evening proceeding conference.

 

Conference Program

 
 

Guest of Honor

 
 

Keynote Speakers

 
 

Gala Show 

Took place at The Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, London. 

We had a fantastic line-up of performers including: