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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  • Berk Can
    Berk Can  10 hours back

    11:28 it was so bad I could see hidden ball movement and all stuff in 1x speed, it is disappointing to see such low level hand tricks after those big humorous words :(

    • Berk Can
      Berk Can  10 hours back

      he is not magician he is gagman xD

      • sideswiped
        sideswiped  18 hours back

        LOL I saw him put the fruit under the cup on his left,,,,, cheater

        • sideswiped
          sideswiped  18 hours back

          that first trick,,,,, is just a trick

          • Duribethin
            Duribethin  19 hours back

            I always hoped Tommy Solomon would beam back down to Earth again. 👍

            • Γιώργος Γκαζέλης

              After watching closely I could understand when he was changing the balls in the cups but I still can't understand when he puts the fruits

              • Alexey Bereznitskiy
                Alexey Bereznitskiy  4 days back

                Dude has seen a few Penn and Teller routines

                • crebegea
                  crebegea  4 days back

                  The only thing more boring than a TED speech is a comedian on TED.

                  • shawn burnham
                    shawn burnham  7 days back


                    • Merveil Meok
                      Merveil Meok  7 days back

                      How many people saw the yellow alligator that walked across the stage and ate a blue rabbit?

                      • Schizmo
                        Schizmo  7 days back

                        I’m glad he still uses the Rayon Blend joke in his act

                        • Eu Tu
                          Eu Tu  1 weeks back

                          This guy reminds me of Bill Hicks , but is more ”serious” than him. :)

                          • Agent Korvo
                            Agent Korvo  1 weeks back

                            I almost didn’t get any of his jokes. Can someone explain them?

                            • ÄVaNGÄRD 0F TrÜtH
                              ÄVaNGÄRD 0F TrÜtH  1 weeks back

                              I Love that one of ted videos has 14M views and now 14M viewers are a little bet smart 😂😂

                              • celestial_crash
                                celestial_crash  1 weeks back

                                Every day I go to sleep thinking about limes with the density of diamonds

                                • Michael Amidon
                                  Michael Amidon  1 weeks back

                                  Anyone else rewind and and click one frame at a time to figure out how he did everything?

                                  • DSJ ON FIRE
                                    DSJ ON FIRE  1 weeks back

                                    i am not dumb,i saw u didnt move the ball much,u squiched it and dropped it while lifting the cup

                                    • Nature Nurture
                                      Nature Nurture  1 weeks back

                                      Why such outdated tricks?

                                      • Saad Mansoor
                                        Saad Mansoor  2 weeks back

                                        When did he put the lemonas there?

                                        • Slayer
                                          Slayer  2 weeks back

                                          All the personality of Al Gore...

                                          • M U R F
                                            M U R F  2 weeks back

                                            I'm so bored by him I actually fell asleep

                                            • Grea
                                              Grea  2 weeks back

                                              If you focus on the cups when you watch it a second time you can see when he puts the balls under the cups and the limes under the cups.

                                              • Jay Smith
                                                Jay Smith  2 weeks back

                                                In case you missed it:
                                                @11:33 Sneaks the red ball into the cup
                                                @11:36 Grabs lime out of his pocket
                                                @11:40 Sneaks the lime it into the cup
                                                @11:43 Grabs another lime from his pocket
                                                @11:46 Sneaks the lime in to the cup
                                                @12:12 He never puts the red sponge ball in his left hand, rather just keeps it in his right
                                                @12:16 He never says what he will do with the choice the audience member chooses, regardless of choice, he will show his left hand, and say 1 of 2 cheeky phrases, depending on choice.
                                                @13:17 Grabs yet another lime out of his pocket, palms it for the 3rd.
                                                @13:18 Drops it into the the now empty cup, while he directs your attention to the lime in his right hand.

                                                • Jim Fabian
                                                  Jim Fabian  2 weeks back

                                                  What a dead audience! This dude is seriously funny.

                                                  • Shane Divix
                                                    Shane Divix  2 weeks back

                                                    I cant believe he did the ball under the cup trick as his better trick. Hid talking was also funnier when I first saw him many years ago. I get the dry humor but it's not that funny to me.

                                                    • Ford Chumley
                                                      Ford Chumley  2 weeks back

                                                      A young Ricky Jay.

                                                      • Mike Rose
                                                        Mike Rose  2 weeks back

                                                        I feel bad for his family

                                                        • Chase N. Paper
                                                          Chase N. Paper  2 weeks back

                                                          Would love to meet and share in conversation with Kyle, we have similar interests and can tell he is on the same page as me and some others.

                                                          • Alec Jkul
                                                            Alec Jkul  2 weeks back

                                                            This guy's sense of humour is so dry. I love it

                                                            • Sting Lp
                                                              Sting Lp  2 weeks back

                                                              You just invented a new type of comedy. Please choose your audience well. Maybe they don't understand English.

                                                              • Robert Deskins
                                                                Robert Deskins  2 weeks back

                                                                His dexterity is phenomenal

                                                                • Robert Deskins
                                                                  Robert Deskins  2 weeks back


                                                                  • Marthy
                                                                    Marthy  2 weeks back

                                                                    Charming. Fun.

                                                                    • Sure, Buddy
                                                                      Sure, Buddy  2 weeks back

                                                                      Why was there a person with an easel at 10:33 ?

                                                                      • wulphstein
                                                                        wulphstein  2 weeks back

                                                                        The art of manipulation and brainwashing

                                                                        • Dave Dave
                                                                          Dave Dave  2 weeks back

                                                                          Waste of time. Don't bother.

                                                                          • Skyler Roederer
                                                                            Skyler Roederer  2 weeks back

                                                                            Witty that's for sure
                                                                            As I watched more, what a guy wow
                                                                            Good job man

                                                                            • Oneil The Welshman
                                                                              Oneil The Welshman  2 weeks back

                                                                              Well done on a talk that gave no information whatsoever

                                                                              • Oneil The Welshman
                                                                                Oneil The Welshman  2 weeks back

                                                                                +Duncan no he didnt, he did a magic act, explaining nothing of the title of video...just said the reason why magic works at slight of hand is cognitive blindness....well, no schnit ...he didnt explain anything, just made a statement

                                                                              • Duncan
                                                                                Duncan  2 weeks back

                                                                                He literally showed you it. Its applied, he doesnt need to read you a wiki article, get a grip.

                                                                            • some guy
                                                                              some guy  3 weeks back

                                                                              if elon musk and mark zuckerberg mated together and this person was their offspring

                                                                              • Tom Knauf
                                                                                Tom Knauf  3 weeks back

                                                                                "Because I dont do the magic, weeee do the magic" was laugh out loud funny xDD

                                                                                • melt_y
                                                                                  melt_y  3 weeks back

                                                                         it weird i find him super attractive

                                                                                  • Hoy Vintage Cycles
                                                                                    Hoy Vintage Cycles  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Ted talks audiences are so blah. They just cant get the jokes which are brilliant.

                                                                                    • Mike Watson
                                                                                      Mike Watson  3 weeks back

                                                                                      He reminds me of Andy Kaufman on the jokes

                                                                                      • Michael Dee
                                                                                        Michael Dee  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Spoiler alert - It's just a couple of magic tricks.

                                                                                        • Valdemire Kreshnov
                                                                                          Valdemire Kreshnov  3 weeks back

                                                                                          I am 80% certain that the camera angles shifting helped in our inability to see the limes.

                                                                                          However, I enjoyed his comedy more than the tricks themselves.

                                                                                          • Valdemire Kreshnov
                                                                                            Valdemire Kreshnov  3 weeks back

                                                                                            +Lucas McCullar
                                                                                            Let me clarify.. I didn't see him put 2 of the limes in the cups as the camera was far enough away that it was impossible to see it.
                                                                                            The third one is in his left hand when he puts the balls in his pocket in your time frame.
                                                                                            I quickly pulled his hand out and with the 3rd lime in it.

                                                                                            It is nothing as obvious as a monkey coming in to dance on stage..
                                                                                            Edit: It is 100% sleight of hand.

                                                                                          • Lucas McCullar
                                                                                            Lucas McCullar  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Valdemire Kreshnov 13:17 then tap 10 seconds before that. Your welcome.

                                                                                        • JL A.
                                                                                          JL A.  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Complete lost of time if you expect to know how blind spots works and how to increase attention spectrum, 50k likes, LOOL.

                                                                                          • スリンキーSlinky
                                                                                            スリンキーSlinky  3 weeks back

                                                                                            "Just an unnecessary flamboyant tap". Exactly what a necessary flamboyant tapper would say!

                                                                                            • Gram M
                                                                                              Gram M  3 weeks back

                                                                                              4:08 The Cringiest Applause of all time.