Smoke and Mirrors

Magic Moments

Magic is having a bit of a moment. A new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection on London’s Euston Road is called ‘Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic’, and looks into the neural connections between the mind and the wand. Why do magic tricks, many of which hinge on a ludicrously simple premise, still fool people […]

Mission: Implausible

I thought the IMF stood for International Monetary Fund. Then I realised it had something to do with Tom Cruise. Somehow I had missed ‘Mission Impossible’ nos 2-5, after being bored witless by the first one, which for me ruined the premise of the TV series by blowing away the entire team except for little […]