Mathemagician

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A mathemagician is a mathematician who is also a magician.

The name "mathemagician" was probably first applied to Martin Gardner, but has since been used to describe many mathematician/magicians, including Kristen Duda, Arthur T. Benjamin, [1] Persi Diaconis,[2] and Raymond Smullyan. Diaconis has suggested that the reason so many mathematicians are magicians is that "inventing a magic trick and inventing a theorem are very similar activities."[3]

A great number of self-working mentalism tricks rely on mathematical principles. Max Maven often utilizes this type of magic in his performance.

Notable mathemagicians[edit]

Fictional character[edit]

There is a character named "the Mathemagician" in the 1961 book The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. This character is king of a magical realm of numbers. His brother and arch-enemy is king of the realm of words.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Albers, Donald J. "Art Benjamin - Mathemagician." Math Horizons, November 1998, 14-18.
  2. ^ Albers, and Donald J. "Professor of Magic Mathematics." Math Horizons, February 1995, 11-15.
  3. ^ Diaconis, Persi. Quoted in: Albers, Donald J. "Professor of Magic Mathematics." Math Horizons, February 1995, 11-15.
  4. ^ http://www.math.hmc.edu/~benjamin/

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