Do you think it’s possible to control someone’s attention? Even more than that, what about predicting human behavior? I think those are interesting ideas. For me, that would be the perfect superpower, actually kind of an evil way of approaching it. But for myself, in the past, I’ve spent the last 20 years studying human behavior from a rather unorthodox way: picking pockets.
When we think of misdirection, we think of something as looking off to the side, when actually the things right in front of us are often the hardest to see, the things that you look at every day that you’re blinded to. For example, how many of you still have your cell phones on you right now? Great. Doublecheck. Make sure you still have them.
I was doing some shopping before. (Laughter) You’ve looked at them a few times today, but I’ll ask you a question. Without looking at it directly yet, can you remember the icon in the bottom right corner? Bring them out, check and see how accurate you were. How’d you do?.
Show of hands. Did we get it? Now that you’re done, close them down. Every phone has something in common. No matter how you organize the icons, you still have a clock on the front. So, without looking at your phone, what time was it? You just looked at your clock, right? Interesting idea.
Let’s take that a step further with a game of trust. Close your eyes. I realize I’m asking you to do that while you just heard there’s a pickpocket in the room, but close your eyes. Now, you’ve been watching me for about 30 seconds. With your eyes closed, what am I wearing? Make your best guess. What color is my shirt? What color is my tie?.
Now open your eyes. Show of hands, were you right? Interesting, isn’t it? Some of us are a little bit more perceptive than others, it seems. But I have a different theory about that model of attention. They have fancy models of attention, Posner’s trinity model of attention. For me, I like to think of it very simple, like a surveillance system. It’s kind of like you have all these fancy sensors,.
And inside your brain is a little security guard. For me, I like to call him Frank. So Frank is sitting at a desk. He’s got lots of cool information in front of him, hightech equipment, he’s got cameras, he’s got a little phone that he can pick up, listen to the ears, all these senses, all these perceptions. But attention is what steers your perceptions,.
Man Kisses King Cobra
COMM: A fearless handler puckers up and kisses a giant king cobra. COMM: During a heartstopping performance, the 22yearold known as Olay goes mouth to mouth with the deadly reptile. COMM: The incredible moment was filmed at the Krabi Snake Farm, in Krabi, Thailand, by American tutorialgrapher Joel Pierce. COMM: The snake raises it’s head from the floor into a strike position, during the tense encounter.
COMM: And for his grand finale the expert handler mesmerises the cobra, before planting a kiss on the venomous snake’s face.