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V . Concluding Questions
I hope that this article provokes more questions than it answers .
First , if I ’ m right that the experience of magic consists in a total bafflement of the intellect , why do people seek it out ? How do we explain magic ’ s persisting popularity ? Moreover , isn ’ t it surprising that such a popular artform could be one whose “ essence is intellectual ,” as Teller puts it ?
Second , in thinking about this , it ’ s worth reflecting on similar experiences , aesthetic and otherwise . In Leddington ( 2016 ), I compare the bafflement constitutive of the experience of magic both to the experience of a philosophically-inclined interlocutor at the end of a Socratic ( aporetic ) dialogue and to the experience of the Kantian mathematically sublime . More generally , we should study the experience of magic alongside the puzzle of negative emotion in art ( see , e . g ., Levinson , 2014 ). How does the experience of magic relate to other “ negative ” aesthetic experiences , such as experiences of tragedy or horror ?
Third , even if strong magic is disturbing , we should keep in mind that the experience of magic is emotionally complex . For example , laughter is one of the main responses to good magic . Why ? What do magic and comedy have in common ? How do they differ ? 11
Fourth , does magic matter ? What value does it have ? Magicians often talk of magic in relation to big ideas such as mystery , astonishment , and wonder . Is this overblown ? How can a card trick speak to such stuff ? Or is there a sense in which magic reveals , and speaks to , something deep , whether within ( or without ) us ?
Finally , I hope this article has piqued your interest in magic and given you some appreciation for how difficult it is to perform well . It ’ s one thing to fool an audience ; it ’ s another thing to baffle it completely . But that , and no less , is magic ’ s goal . ■
A version of this article originally appeared in Bloomsbury Contemporary Aesthetics ( 2022 ).

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11 ) For one possible approach to the problem of negative emotion in the experience of magic , see Leddington ( 2017 ).

MAGIC IS THE LINK BETWEEN SCIENCE AND ART- INFINITE POSSIBILITIES - SHARED

THROUGH NEW TECHOLOGOY AND GRAND STORYTELLING .”

- DAVID COPPERFIELD