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        NOVA scienceNOW | Magic and Autism

        Tapping into social cues to trick their audience, magicians rely on a phenomenon called joint attention. Most audience members will pay attention to what a magician is looking at so a magician can direct their attention away by looking in the opposite direction. People on the autistic spectrum can have trouble picking up on the cues of joint attention and may not be fooled by a magician's sleight of hand. In this video from NOVA scienceNOW, find out how researchers are now looking to magic as a useful technique to teach children with autism how to read social cues.

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