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Blinking of the magician and his audience


Magic and illusions have always captured the attention of the public, but what happens behind the scenes of the magician and in the brains of his audience? Scientists from the UK decided to solve this mystery by conducting a new study involving ten illusionists of varying experience.

Illusionists, some of whom had been practicing magic for more than half a century, others for only six months, were invited to demonstrate the same trick - the popular coin trick. Recordings of their performances during training and on stage showed that each of them began to blink significantly more often at the moment of performing the trick.

The study's findings indicate that magicians' blink rate may be related to unconscious aspects of their performance. At the same time, as scientists have found, spectators also begin to blink more often, following the movements of the illusionist. This observation supports the idea that magicians may be catalysts for blinking in audiences.

Additional research has shown that magicians blink more frequently during complex tricks, which may be a strategic technique to keep audiences' attention. Ultimately, these findings highlight the importance of nonverbal interactions between magicians and their audiences, expanding our understanding of the processes that occur during magical performances.

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Chocolate in the morning helps women lose weight 09.04.2022

Chocolate is a product that has millions of fans around the world. The composition of sweets loved by many includes cocoa butter and grated cocoa, on which both health benefits and harms depend.

It is difficult to count all the useful properties of chocolate. Among the main ones - it is able to increase the level of emotional state, reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and the amount of harmful free radicals in human blood.

However, we must not forget that the uncontrolled eating of cocoa sweets will have the opposite effect on health. The result can be a rash, and in other cases, a favorite treat can cause tachycardia and increase blood pressure. Of course, the dosage is of great importance: if you consume chocolate in large portions (more than 100 g per day), then all the beneficial properties of sweets can disappear in an instant, causing great harm to the human body.

Postmenopausal women who eat a small amount of chocolate at breakfast every day find it easier and faster to lose weight, according to a study from Harvard Medical School and the Spanish University of Murcia.

The experiment lasted exactly two weeks. Voluntary participants in the study were three groups of 19 postmenopausal women. Women from the first group ate foods typical for many in Spain, representatives of the second group received approximately 100 grams of milk chocolate within an hour after waking up, and participants in the experiment from the third group ate chocolate in the same dosage, only an hour before bedtime.

In women who ate chocolate in the morning, the weight did not change, but the composition of the intestinal microbiota and other indicators improved. They also recorded a decrease in waist and glucose levels. And the number of calories consumed decreased by 16%.

For the better, the indicators of those who ate chocolate in the afternoon also changed. The women in this group had an average increase in physical activity the next day by 6,9%, as well as a decrease in their appetite and cravings for sweets.

The main conclusion reached by scientists during the experiment was that women who ate a 100-gram chocolate bar every day did not gain weight. This debunks the main myth that chocolate is the enemy of a beautiful figure.

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