1 Introduction / Overview

Davis, Erik. "Prestigious Demons 3: Stage Magic and Demonic Apparations." May 11, 2011.

Della Porta, Giambattista. An excerpt from Magia Naturalis.

2 Smoke and Mirrors: Stage Illusion as Storytelling Tool

Tognazzini, Bruce. "Principles, Techniques, and Ethics of Stage Music and Their Application to Human Interface Design." CHI '93 Proceedings of the INTERACT '93 and CHI '93 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (1993): 355–62.

Las Vegas Weekly Staff. "A Man, A Ball, A Hoop, A Bench (and an Alleged Thread)… Teller!," Las Vegas Weekly, November 30.

Singer, Mark. "Secrets of the Magus." The New Yorker, April 1993.

Amazon logo Macknik, Stephen L. and Susana Martinez-Conde. Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions. Picador, 2011. ISBN: 9780312611675.

———. "Interview - Expanding Minds."

Kahneman, Daniel. "Thinking Fast and Slow." Long Now Lecture, 2013.


john popper. "Ricky Jay 52 Assistants." December 4, 2014. YouTube.


Magic Camp. Directed by Judd Ehrlich. 2012.

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay. Directed by Molly Bernstein. Color, 88 min. 2012.

3 The NeuroScience of Magic

Amazon logo Melton, H. Keith, and Wallace, Robert. Excerpts from The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception. William Morrow Paperbacks, 2010. ISBN: 9780061725906.

Allen, Jonathan. "Deceptionists at War." Cabinet Magazine, 2007

Louv, Jason. John Dee was the 16th Century's Real-life Gandalf.

Amazon logo Harrington, Brooke. Chapters 1, 3, 4, 8 and 11 in Deception: From Ancient Empires to Internet Dating. Stanford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780804756495. [Preview with Google Books]

Amazon logo Trivers, Robert. Chapter 16 in Social Evolution. Benjamin-Cummings Publication Company, 1985. ISBN: 9780805385076.


The Ghost Army. Directed by Rick Beyer. Color, 68 min. 2013.


Josh Reeves. Queen Elizabeth's Magician – John Dee (2002). March 4, 2010. YouTube.

Amazon logo Woolley, Benjamin. The Queen's Conjurer: The Science and Magic of Dr. John Dee, Adviser to Queen Elizabeth I. Holt Paperbacks, 2002. ISBN: 9780805065107.

4 Magical Warfare: Camouflage & Deception & On Her Majesty's Occult Service; Dee, Crowley, Maskelyne, and Mulholland No new readings assigned.
5 Trick++: Present Your Trick with Marco Tempest Wilson, C. L. Worldbuilding 101 – Making Magic.
6 Magic as System

Amazon logo Rose, David. Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things. Scribner, 2014, pp. 75–154. ISBN: 9781476725635. [Preview with Google Books]

Green, Penelope. "Putting Magic in the Mundane," The New York Times, July 2014.

Jones, Matt. "The Demon-Haunted World." Slides, 2009.

Arnall, Tim. No to NoUI. 2013.

7 Magic Items: Rings, Swords, and the Internet of Things No new readings assigned.
8 Midterm Project Presentations

This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.Condition Echo Blueshift (PDF) by the MIT Assassin's Guild LARP. 2007


Nicolas Marmol. "Black Mirror: Season 2, Episode 1, Be Right Back HDTV x264 FoV." October 8, 2014. YouTube.

9 Computational Demonology: Bots, Familiars, and Machine Learning

Alan Moore on Magic as Art and Art as Magic, Parts 1 and 2.

Amazon logo Montola, Markus, Stenros, Jaakko, and Waern, Annika. Chapter 1 in Pervasive Games: Theory and Design. CRC Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780123748539.

Bey, Hakim. Section on Sorcery from The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism.

Wikipedia Entry on the Temporary Autonomous Zone.

10 The Magic Circle: Ritual Magick as User Experience Design Amazon logo Fitzkee, Dariel. Chapters 7, 9, 10, and 12 in Showmanship for Magicians. Lee Jacobs, 1988.
11 Showmanship, Environment, and Illusion No new readings assigned.
12 Final Project Presentations No new readings assigned.