The author: "To truly understand the art of magic and its timeless appeal, you wind up asking questions not just about how the mind works - and why sometimes it doesn't -but also about some of the most fundamental aspects of human nature. Why do people take pleasure in deceiving others? How does the brain perceive the world and parse everyday experience: what are the psychological consequences of secrecy? What is reality, and how much of it do we consciously take in? ... Studying magic ultimately leads you to ponder some of life's deepest mysteries."