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Max Dessoir

Max Dessoir

(8th February 1867 - 19th July 1947)

German psychologist who coined the term parapsychology. He was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud and an amateur magician. His most important work is The Double Ego, but for magicians his most important work is The Psychology of Legerdemain. He contributed a similar article, "Psychology of the Art of Conjuring", to Burlingame's book Around the World with a Magician and a Juggler. He also wrote under the pseudonym Edmund W. Rells.

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Psychologische Skizzen by Max Dessoir

Max Dessoir schreibt hier unter seinem Pseudonym - Edmund W. Rells. Für den Zauberkünstler besonders von interesse sind seine Aufsätze zum Thema der "Zauberspiegel" und zum Thema der "Psycholgie der Taschenpielerkunst".

(Sein Aufsatz über die Taschenspielerkunst wurde ins Englische übersetzt und ist unter dem Titel The Psychology of Legerdemain publiziert worden.)

  • Der Zauberspiegel
  • Die Logik des Kindes
  • Zur Psychologie der Taschenspielerkunst
  • Das Genie
  • Die Psychologie in der neuesten französichen Litteratur
Erstausgabe 1893, 191 Seiten; PDF 90 Seiten.
2020 / 6 / 18

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Max Dessoir
The Psychology of Legerdemain by Max Dessoir

This is an interesting analysis of how a magic trick works in terms of psychological processes. A better understanding of the underlying science does help the performing magician.

Translated from the German by Mrs. Emily S. Boyer. The original German essay appeared in Psychologische Skizzen by Edmund W. Rells, which was a pseudonym of Max Dessoir.

1st edition 1893, PDF 21 pages.

2020 / 3 / 6

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