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Verbal Magical Beliefs and Children's Everyday Experience

Eugene Subbotsky

in Magic and the Mind: Mechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393873
eISBN:
9780199776979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

In Chapter 3 (“Verbal Magical Beliefs and Children's Everyday Experience”), the problem of entrenchment of magical beliefs in children of various ages is examined. The development of magical beliefs ... More


The Social Life of Secret Knowledge

Graham M. Jones

in Trade of the Tricks: Inside the Magician's Craft

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520270466
eISBN:
9780520950528
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520270466.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

This chapter examines how magicians produce and circulate secrets as a kind of property perpetually menaced by dispersal. Magic tricks fascinate because secrecy makes “everything mysterious” appear ... More


An Introduction to Gilbreath Numbers

Robert W. Vallin

in The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164038
eISBN:
9781400881338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164038.003.0012
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter mathematically analyzes the behavior of a card trick described by an undergraduate math major at the University of California, Los Angeles, named Norman Gilbreath. Stated succinctly, ... More


A Chancy ‘Magic Trick’

Alan Hájek

in Chance and Temporal Asymmetry

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199673421
eISBN:
9780191782534
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673421.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

Various philosophers are skeptical about modalities such as laws of nature, counterfactuals, dispositions, and so on. Chance is in a way the black sheep of the modal family: not only is it a ... More


Serpent‐Charmers, and Performers of Legerdemain Tricks, &c.

Edward William Lane and Jason Thompson

in An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9789774165603
eISBN:
9781617975516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774165603.003.0020
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter opens with derwishes who made a living by charming snakes out of houses, and then moves on to the “Howah,” who performed tricks in the street for voluntary contributions—for example, ... More


Warning: Children in the Audience

Marcel Chotkowski Lafollette

in Science on American Television: A History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226921990
eISBN:
9780226922010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226922010.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines the history of the emergence of concern for children's welfare in the production of television programs in the United States. It discusses concern that television is enticing ... More


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