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How important is magic in everyday life?

Quite a lot, according to Shogo Shimura, a magician, therapist, researcher and CEO of Japan Institute of Cognitive Science.

He looked something like this:

I watched Mr. Shimura speak at Slush Tokyo, one of Japan’s largest startup and technology events (think a relatively sober warehouse rave with good discussion instead of sweaty body-jostling).

Shimura had some terrifically mind-twisting tricks up his sleeve, including lobbing a bowling ball at the audience only for it to turn into a balloon, and — my personal favourite — convincing a willing volunteer that a sealed cardboard box was full of heavy weights when it was in reality full of nothing but air.

To achieve the latter, he showed the volunteer the empty box and the weights, letting her test their emptiness and weightiness respectively. Once satisfied, the volunteer was asked to turn around and face the back of the stage.

This is where it got freaky.

Shimura pretended to pick off the floor and drop into the box two weights using the heaves-and-ho’s typically associated with carrying heavy objects. There was nothing special about his acting so what follows can’t be pinned to Shimura’s foley skills.

With the weights hidden and box sealed, Shimura then asked the volunteer to turn and pick up the box.

Find out what happens next (again) in the next piece! (I am aware that I gave away my own cliffhanger. There’ll be other stuff in the next piece too. It’ll be good reading. About magic and everyday life. I’m new to this blogging thing. Hi mom!)

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