The art of cognitive blindspots | Kyle Eschen | TEDxVienna

  • Published on Nov 15, 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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  • atwilliams8
    atwilliams8 2 days ago

    Not better than the guy who puts an ice pick thru his hands... Modern day Houdini!!.. Nah, good stuff..

  • Fred Hugard
    Fred Hugard 3 days ago

    Is that like Bob Newhart's long lost love child or something?
    Great great stuff.

  • James Duran
    James Duran 3 days ago

    I kept for waiting for his tie and shirt to change!

  • Nathan Flattery
    Nathan Flattery 7 days ago

    This is the guy from penn and teller

  • PI7ABR3D
    PI7ABR3D 9 days ago

    I cant do it but it's easy to see his sleight of hand with the balls and cups

  • XeroO
    XeroO 10 days ago +1

    Watch for when he puts his hand in his pocket

  • Randhir Singh
    Randhir Singh 12 days ago

    Anyone from Penn and teller

  • Marc Meier
    Marc Meier 14 days ago

    His punchlines are a little too rehearsed, a bit too quick. It would be nice if he let his act breathe a bit....

  • Roger Exposito
    Roger Exposito 15 days ago

    Thanks for sharing your talents.

  • Dutch Man
    Dutch Man 16 days ago

    What would've happened If the Guy had chosen the hand B?

  • shekhar cv
    shekhar cv 16 days ago +1


  • Kanyanta Mubanga
    Kanyanta Mubanga 17 days ago

    This crowd is so dead.

  • Joshua Rin
    Joshua Rin 17 days ago

    3/10 audience

  • hrithik lamba
    hrithik lamba 18 days ago

    slow the speed and you become the whistleblower and then you need to become a ghost

  • ForcedFed4 Garage
    ForcedFed4 Garage 18 days ago

    He's good, but I caught it

  • CAMera Productions
    CAMera Productions 18 days ago +2

    I saw this boy doing magic tricks, hilarious, mind you. And now hes doing tedtalks?
    You know what I audibly said out loud?
    "Boy, what?"

  • serz1885
    serz1885 18 days ago

    10:48 he just basicly keep it in left hand not puting in right but closing it like he did

  • H.AmZ.A
    H.AmZ.A 18 days ago

    This guy is sooo funny. He was on Pen and Teller magic show 1st and that was more epic than this. I advice you to watch

  • Billy Mays
    Billy Mays 19 days ago

    10:40 if you slow the video the sponge never enters his left hand when he goes to toss it.

  • Felix C.
    Felix C. 19 days ago

    Thank you for the gold kind stranger

  • Dmytro Picky
    Dmytro Picky 19 days ago

    i am sorry tat is 10 -15 degrees max

  • Андрей Гавриленко

    Если вариант был ранее изложен, извиняюсь, коментарии не читал.

  • Андрей Гавриленко

    Могу ошибаться, но судя по его движениям веревки привязаны к грузам, которые скрыты внутри этих палочек)

  • Daniel Caranti
    Daniel Caranti 20 days ago

    This guy is fantastic

  • ASMR touch
    ASMR touch 21 day ago

    Magic is a skill you can learn. Being funny is something so much more rare....

  • Nursultan Tulyakbay
    Nursultan Tulyakbay 22 days ago

    He needs a better audience. Funny guy.

  • AaronKredible
    AaronKredible 24 days ago

    I was misled by the title. This is more of a motivational/spiritual talk than anything substantive. Vague and generic, like a typical self-help book relying on the reader to fill in the gaps with their own problems in order to make sense of it.

  • Pyter Laso
    Pyter Laso 24 days ago

    10:33 random guy painting or something at the top of the frame

  • Dan Witzke
    Dan Witzke 25 days ago +1

    Somehow he looks like Elon Musk, Taran Killam, and James McAvoy all at the same time

  • Jack Jack
    Jack Jack 25 days ago

    It's actually easy to see how hes doing the trick, you just need to focus alot on his hands, no normal human being picks up a cup half fisted

  • Emperador 1.4218
    Emperador 1.4218 26 days ago

    Chamaco MAMON

  • Zeal
    Zeal 26 days ago

    when u watch too much magic show u begin to see how the magic is done and it gets abit boring lol

  • Santroff
    Santroff 27 days ago +3

    This guy is a better comedian than he is a magician. His sleight of hand was obvious. Not sure what the point of any of this was.

  • ChromaticAN
    ChromaticAN 27 days ago

    anyone pick up the oblivion reference?

    • ChromaticAN
      ChromaticAN 24 days ago

      HomyGSD I could be wrong but the way he said "thank you kind stranger" seemed like an oblivion reference

    • HomyGSD
      HomyGSD 24 days ago

      ChromaticAN what was it?

  • Mish Shoghlak
    Mish Shoghlak 29 days ago

    Try watching this video on a very slow speed with the sound muted, and look carefully at his hands, and you will see how it's all done!

  • Jared Alvarado
    Jared Alvarado 29 days ago

    You can see that every time that he lifts the glass he brings it to his bag, where it is inferred that he places the lemon.

  • ButY THO
    ButY THO Month ago

    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 Month ago

      Actually it’s 11:40-11:48

  • Mestupberryz 38
    Mestupberryz 38 Month ago


  • Satyam Raikar
    Satyam Raikar Month ago

    Pully system and Weights in sticks?

  • Dylan Mercer
    Dylan Mercer Month ago

    First trick gravity, second trick slight of hand

  • HaywoodYaBlowMe
    HaywoodYaBlowMe Month ago

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

  • Wafeeq Jaleel
    Wafeeq Jaleel Month ago

    0.25 speed and ull know the trick

  • badvibes4ver
    badvibes4ver Month ago +2

    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 Month ago

    The audience was dead. He was hilarious!!

  • Tanya Chou
    Tanya Chou Month ago

    The Sheldon Cooper of magic 😊

  • ms3bani
    ms3bani Month ago +8

    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 Month ago

    Ted used to give userul thoughts.

  • Don R. Mueller, Ph.D.

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

  • Donovan Wisdom
    Donovan Wisdom Month ago

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

  • Ronak Agrawal
    Ronak Agrawal Month ago

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

    SANTA MUERTE Month ago

    Not funny at all

  • Mixer CTRCS
    Mixer CTRCS Month ago

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

  • Kunsh Talwar
    Kunsh Talwar Month ago

    Third at11:46

  • Kunsh Talwar
    Kunsh Talwar Month ago

    Second lemon at 11:46

  • Kunsh Talwar
    Kunsh Talwar Month ago

    First lemon at 11:39

  • Henry
    Henry Month ago

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

  • Nathan Chan
    Nathan Chan Month ago +1

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

  • Cody T.
    Cody T. Month ago


  • Pallette Perfection

    He sounds like Solar Sands

  • Rusescu Ioan Radu
    Rusescu Ioan Radu Month ago +5

    8:00 thanks for the gold kind stranger