If he passed himself off as having psychic abilities, he wouldn't be half as successful.
"Richard Wiseman" (born 1966) is Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom.
His research has been published in leading academic journals, with one Scientific American columnist labelling him "…the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today". He has written several best-selling popular psychology books that have been translated into over 30 languages. He has given keynote addresses to The Royal Society, The Swiss Economic Forum, Google and Amazon.com/Amazon.More Richard Wiseman on Wikipedia.
What his research seems to be saying is that women are the laughers and men get the laughs.
According to the results of our experience, unfortunately I cannot confirm that Skibbereen is the luckiest town. It was absolutely no different to Dublin.
Over the last five years, there's been a reawakening as we look at things like change blindness (a failure to see large changes in a visual scene) and at the fact that consciousness is a construction and may even be an illusion. Now there's a recognition that magicians are doing something very special.
What it shows is just how much of the picture in our head of our surroundings is a massive construction, based on expectations, what we think is important, what we normally encounter and so on. And that's what magicians are very good at exploiting.
Social contract for disaster.
[The last time an experiment of this type was attempted, Wiseman said, was in 1971 at a Grateful Dead concert, when an image was projected on a screen above the frenetic crowd and two professional psychics tried to receive it.] One did well and guessed it, ... the other didn't.
We had about 40,000 jokes sent in by people all over the world. Here is my favourite.