Magicians Integrate AI To Perform Amazing Tricks

Illusionists and magicians never seize to wow their crowds with awesome performances. The fun is now taking a new turn as magicians incorporate machine learning technology to bring you better tricks. So far the fusion is in the initial stages with more research and test expected to commence.

It’s on this note that the article seeks to give an understanding of how the two work together.

Artificial Intelligence Finds Its Way Into The Magic World

One magician, Tom Webb, showcased how mind-blowing tricks work with artificial intelligence. He went ahead to engage a volunteer and asked Amazon echo to pronounce and pick a card. After this, the card switches position using a drone.


“Using AI to create magic tricks is a great way to demonstrate the possibilities of computer intelligence and it also forms part of our research into the psychology of being the spectator,” stated Webb.

The interesting bit is that artificial learning replicates how the human mind functions. This then allows magicians to make use of it to perfect their tricks and illusions.

Use Of Complex Algorithms To Better Magic Tricks

To get to this point, researchers had to design algorithms that read and interpret human perception. These complex algorithms go through search words keyed in by people while looking for certain items. It’s from this and other subconscious activities that researchers tap into.

The latest development is good news for both parties (scientists and magicians) as they strengthen the bond. Magic becomes fascinating with technology as it hides the ongoings behind the tricks. However, this hasn’t been an easy task considering the limited literature.


According to Brian Curry, magic tricks performed 15 years ago may not be so thrilling at this point. This is because some have been replaced by mobile apps and programs. You can also say that technological advancement will make magic relevant over time.

Magic And Technology Correlation

As early as 1800, magic tricks relied on science and physics. For instance, Jean-Eugene Robert Houdin performed a trick involving electromagnet field to hold a box on the ground. When a child came forward to lift it he did it easily but when an adult tried this he was unable to do the same.

Last year, Tom Webb performed a magic trick on America Got Talent dubbed ‘hacker simulation’. It entailed controlling the phones of his audience while on stage. However, he acknowledges that performing such an act of stage requires lots of practice to perfect.

This case is just but one of the many scenarios where magic benefits from science and technology. On the other end, some analysts refute the relation between the two. They believe that magic is a standalone art that works without the help of science as portrayed by others.

Howard Williams, a co-creator of the Phoney app, identifies the link between the two.


“Computer intelligence can process much larger amounts of information and run through all the possible outcomes in a way that is almost impossible for a person to do on their own.”

“So while a member of the audience might have seen a variation on this trick before, the AI can now use psychological and mathematical principles to create lots of different versions and keep audiences guessing,” says Howard.

A Bright Future For Magic Cum Computer Intelligence

Magicians and computer scientists are enthusiastic about the great potential the collaboration will have. At some stage, magicians will be able to perform optical illusions. An example of an illusion is whereby the appearance of a cabinet is reduced to give room for the performer to fit in.

At the end of the day, what matters most is how the magician packages his or her tricks. As Peter McOwan, Professor at Queen Mary University of London, stipulates “The real magic lies with the magician.”