The art of cognitive blindspots | Kyle Eschen | TEDxVienna

  • Published: 16 November 2016
  • Using two classics of magic, Kyle Eschen explores the psychological techniques that underlie theatrical deception. As people wander the world, they use assumptions and heuristics to filter out everything that they deem unimportant - Kyle gives a conjuror’s perspective on the brain’s predictable blind spots.

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    Magician Kyle Eschen thinks deeply about psychology of deception. Through a decade of performing he has seen that people possess gaping blind spots, which he will highlight through magic routines with audacious methods.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  • ButY THO
    ButY THO  2 часа назад

    Wait so Ik this is like two years too late but correct me if I’m wrong I’m pretty sure he does the slight of hand at 11:40- 11:56? And then once again at the end when he moves the cup.

    • ButY THO
      ButY THO  2 часа назад

      Actually it’s 11:40-11:48

      • Mestupberryz 38
        Mestupberryz 38  3 часа назад


        • Satyam Raikar
          Satyam Raikar  16 часов назад

          Pully system and Weights in sticks?

          • Dylan Mercer
            Dylan Mercer  День назад

            First trick gravity, second trick slight of hand

            • HaywoodYaBlowMe
              HaywoodYaBlowMe  День назад

              I'm honestly sad at the lack of content this guy has available on RU-clip.

              • Wafeeq Jaleel
                Wafeeq Jaleel  2 дня назад

                0.25 speed and ull know the trick

                • badvibes4ver
                  badvibes4ver  3 дня назад

                  If you want a see a better versions of this trick go to Penn&Teller. You are very welcome. Have a nice day.

                  • Man Gear
                    Man Gear  3 дня назад

                    The audience was dead. He was hilarious!!

                    • Tanya Chou
                      Tanya Chou  4 дня назад

                      The Sheldon Cooper of magic 😊

                      • ms3bani
                        ms3bani  4 дня назад

                        his tricks are not complex but his technique is excellent. penn commented very positively on his competency. combined with his humor, makes a great performance.

                        • manchenko
                          manchenko  5 дней назад

                          Ted used to give userul thoughts.

                          • Don R. Mueller, Ph.D.
                            Don R. Mueller, Ph.D.  6 дней назад

                            Why don't you run with the scissors you moron?

                            • Donovan Wisdom
                              Donovan Wisdom  6 дней назад

                              6:56 What's up with the lady drawing on the large paper on an easel?

                              • Ronak Agrawal
                                Ronak Agrawal  7 дней назад

                                10:45 Watch it in .25x super slow motion he doesn't keep the ball in his hand

                                • SANTA MUERTE
                                  SANTA MUERTE  8 дней назад

                                  Not funny at all

                                  • Mixer CTRCS
                                    Mixer CTRCS  8 дней назад

                                    I found it out it was ez. Limes in pockets. Puts in while misdirecting

                                    • Kunsh Talwar
                                      Kunsh Talwar  8 дней назад

                                      Third at11:46

                                      • Kunsh Talwar
                                        Kunsh Talwar  8 дней назад

                                        Second lemon at 11:46

                                        • Kunsh Talwar
                                          Kunsh Talwar  8 дней назад

                                          First lemon at 11:39

                                          • Henry
                                            Henry  10 дней назад

                                            Oooo. Weights in the sticks attached to the ropes or strands what have you:/

                                            • Nathan Chan
                                              Nathan Chan  10 дней назад

                                              if you slow the video down to .25 you can see how he does it, it''s really impressive

                                              • Cody T.
                                                Cody T.  11 дней назад


                                                • Pallette Perfection
                                                  Pallette Perfection  11 дней назад

                                                  He sounds like Solar Sands

                                                  • gr33dy
                                                    gr33dy  11 дней назад

                                                    8:00 thanks for the gold kind stranger

                                                    • Greg Popovich
                                                      Greg Popovich  11 дней назад

                                                      i clicked beacause he looked like john myers from hellboy 1

                                                      • Robert Faulkner
                                                        Robert Faulkner  12 дней назад

                                                        Tough Crowd

                                                        • Dan Cloud
                                                          Dan Cloud  12 дней назад

                                                          Put the playback speed to .5 in 10:55 to 11:10 and look at his hands and not give attention to his words and you'll see that he just dont have two balls.

                                                          • Prateek kocher
                                                            Prateek kocher  13 дней назад

                                                            I was visible when u put those Citrus fruit in those cups, after putting balls in your pocket(instead taking the fruit out from them) and then while lifting the cup u put it in Thought very clean and fluent way to perform it

                                                            • Eve Shinkai
                                                              Eve Shinkai  13 дней назад

                                                              this guy is like the smoothest talker

                                                              • john smith
                                                                john smith  13 дней назад

                                                                14:15 damn did anyone notice they use clear tape to keep the microphone on his face? :D lol

                                                                • Conor Murphy
                                                                  Conor Murphy  13 дней назад

                                                                  You don’t need to clap!

                                                                  • Stephanie Conley
                                                                    Stephanie Conley  14 дней назад

                                                                    He's cute lol. The awesome sense of humor is a plus.

                                                                    • Zach Meeds
                                                                      Zach Meeds  14 дней назад

                                                                      Stamp collecting or friendship

                                                                      • Kevin Ziera
                                                                        Kevin Ziera  14 дней назад

                                                                        This guy is funny. I like him

                                                                        • Angel Rojas
                                                                          Angel Rojas  15 дней назад

                                                                          Lol do you even speak sarcasm?

                                                                          • E-Manu
                                                                            E-Manu  15 дней назад

                                                                            The cup trick, 3 balls 3 limons in puckets and good play of hands.

                                                                            • LureThosePixels
                                                                              LureThosePixels  15 дней назад

                                                                              Needs a better audience

                                                                              • Gamer 219
                                                                                Gamer 219  16 дней назад

                                                                                He did it at 11:40

                                                                                • ratchetlegend
                                                                                  ratchetlegend  17 дней назад

                                                                                  i think he needs to practice some more

                                                                                  • Otaku God8723
                                                                                    Otaku God8723  18 дней назад

                                                                                    for those who are confused what happened in the sponge ball trick -as he is picking up the pen he makes a really fast pass to his right hand -he holds the ball in his right until he moves the thing holding the other ball tossing it in there while he's getting the next -he then does the same trick but this time while he lifts both things up to reveal they were both there he rolls the ball forward if you can't see it thats ok its so fast its hard to notice in 0.25 speed but once you start seeing it you can't unsee it.

                                                                                    • 99problems
                                                                                      99problems  18 дней назад

                                                                                      At 11:09 his right hand holds the balls and throws them behind the cups at the moment he is picking them up

                                                                                      • Niglar
                                                                                        Niglar  19 дней назад

                                                                                        10:27 his face lmfao

                                                                                        • Maximus Gigantos
                                                                                          Maximus Gigantos  19 дней назад

                                                                                          A guy in Vienna speaks like American?

                                                                                          • Atcera
                                                                                            Atcera  19 дней назад

                                                                                            I hate how every "magic show" deliberately doesn't show you where the sleight of hand occurs or shoots it out of frame so you can't call out the BS

                                                                                            • grandfathergeek
                                                                                              grandfathergeek  19 дней назад

                                                                                              The audience is NOT getting his humor- and I’m cracking up with almost every part of it

                                                                                              • AndE
                                                                                                AndE  19 дней назад

                                                                                                Thank you 1.5 x playback speed!

                                                                                                • SkippingLegs
                                                                                                  SkippingLegs  19 дней назад

                                                                                                  I love this type of humour. Very subtle and dry. Sometimes you can't tell if they're being serious or joking with the dead pan expression.

                                                                                                  • Chef Craig Orrell
                                                                                                    Chef Craig Orrell  19 дней назад

                                                                                                    So good

                                                                                                    • A A
                                                                                                      A A  20 дней назад

                                                                                                      Sheldon is that u

                                                                                                      • Jimmy Gunawan
                                                                                                        Jimmy Gunawan  20 дней назад

                                                                                                        10:33 strange person painting on the balcony..

                                                                                                        • Shamblini _
                                                                                                          Shamblini _  21 день назад

                                                                                                          Y’all clap too much

                                                                                                          • V15
                                                                                                            V15  21 день назад

                                                                                                            How uncomfortable would it have been to have that lime in your pocket the entire time?

                                                                                                            • Evan Wilkinson
                                                                                                              Evan Wilkinson  21 день назад

                                                                                                              this man has NAILED dry sarcasm.

                                                                                                              • Calvin Lotz
                                                                                                                Calvin Lotz  22 дня назад

                                                                                                                Worst crowd ever. My god.

                                                                                                                • Kerim Akmurzayev
                                                                                                                  Kerim Akmurzayev  22 дня назад

                                                                                                                  Balls part was quite easy to understand

                                                                                                                  • Timothy Warner
                                                                                                                    Timothy Warner  22 дня назад

                                                                                                                    The magic could do with some cleanup, faster retrieval from his pocket, for example, but overall, the performance is fantastic. The fact that he used a small table while standing is wonderful.

                                                                                                                    • Man Person
                                                                                                                      Man Person  22 дня назад

                                                                                                                      Actually those sticks were at a 90 degree angle

                                                                                                                      • HI THERE
                                                                                                                        HI THERE  22 дня назад

                                                                                                                        He didn't actually have 3 limes hidden between the cups, he grabs one out of his pocket and loads it into the cup just after he reveals the first one

                                                                                                                        • Sh Kh
                                                                                                                          Sh Kh  22 дня назад

                                                                                                                          play it at 0.25x speed and thank me later

                                                                                                                          • T- RC
                                                                                                                            T- RC  22 дня назад

                                                                                                                            No one has gone back in slow mo to try and figure it out?

                                                                                                                            • Armin K
                                                                                                                              Armin K  23 дня назад

                                                                                                                              His sense of humor is too annoying.. couldn't even get through the whole thing

                                                                                                                              • razorlikeblue
                                                                                                                                razorlikeblue  23 дня назад

                                                                                                                                Anyone else rewatch to spot when he places the limes?

                                                                                                                                • Hectic Binary Rapid Degeneration
                                                                                                                                  Hectic Binary Rapid Degeneration  23 дня назад

                                                                                                                                  I saw him put the sponge in his other hand so that there was 2 and he had a line for whichever hand they chose

                                                                                                                                  • wjdghaks
                                                                                                                                    wjdghaks  23 дня назад

                                                                                                                                    He starts putting the fruit under the cup from @11:38

                                                                                                                                    • mohamed ilyes elmorro
                                                                                                                                      mohamed ilyes elmorro  23 дня назад

                                                                                                                                      I think there's kinda weight tighted to the string inside the rod, but it's still a good trick

                                                                                                                                      • madsli
                                                                                                                                        madsli  24 дня назад

                                                                                                                                        If you are good enough with cups and balls, one day you might move up to buckets and volleyballs.

                                                                                                                                        • Ricobro16
                                                                                                                                          Ricobro16  24 дня назад

                                                                                                                                          Hi everyone *Audience goes wild*

                                                                                                                                          • The_Coming Is_Soon
                                                                                                                                            The_Coming Is_Soon  24 дня назад

                                                                                                                                            the magic routine here was sarcasm

                                                                                                                                            • Numberplay
                                                                                                                                              Numberplay  25 дней назад

                                                                                                                                              Penn and Teller explained the balls and cups trick a long time ago, I'm sure a lot of people already knew how it was done already.

                                                                                                                                              • Darío Carrasco Martínez
                                                                                                                                                Darío Carrasco Martínez  25 дней назад

                                                                                                                                                Es increíble este tío tiene gracia negativa

                                                                                                                                                • Nobody Important
                                                                                                                                                  Nobody Important  26 дней назад

                                                                                                                                                  Okay, so how did the sticks keep working once he cut the string and added an extra stick?! I want to knooow

                                                                                                                                                  • Neil bohar
                                                                                                                                                    Neil bohar  26 дней назад

                                                                                                                                                    He z a jenious presenter

                                                                                                                                                    • veggiesaremurder
                                                                                                                                                      veggiesaremurder  27 дней назад

                                                                                                                                                      This guy is hilarious! He's just become my favorite magician.

                                                                                                                                                      • Zakaria Abdelaziz
                                                                                                                                                        Zakaria Abdelaziz  27 дней назад

                                                                                                                                                        I wonder how this is funny.. are they dad jokes?

                                                                                                                                                        • Core it
                                                                                                                                                          Core it  27 дней назад

                                                                                                                                                          i still think u hav real magic powers