Self-esteem, self-efficacy & dual processing in magic tricks: I know how you did that.

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Clarke, James
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The key element of this study was to explore the reconstruction process in viewing magic tricks and to identify key psychological variables that may lead to a correct interpretation of how the trick was done. While it was hypothesised that respondents who scored high in system 2 thinking, self-efficacy, and self-esteem would be better predictors of how the trick was done significant data could only be found in relation to self-efficacy scores. It was predicted identifying the moment the pen left the magicians hand would play an important role in knowing how the trick was done; this however was not proven to be true.