Smoke and Mirrors

Coming soon
  • Exhibition
Source: Image from the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature, Senate House Library, University of London.

Opening in April 2019, our free exhibition ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ will be the first ever to focus on the relationship between magic and psychology.

‘Smoke and Mirrors’ will seek the truth about deception, ask how bias and suggestion affect our senses and decisions, and consider what it is about the human condition that means many of us believe in magic and the supernatural, even in the face of logical explanations.

Artefacts from the world of magic will include those from Derren Brown, Tommy Cooper, Paul Daniels, Debbie McGee and Harry Houdini.

Explore spirit photography, magic props, psychology experiments and more to see how magic works on – and in – your mind.

Visit us

Opening on 11 April 2019

Free admission

Galleries open Tuesday–Sunday, Opening times

Gallery 1, level 0

Step-free access is available to all floors of the building

Large-print guides, transcripts and magnifiers are available in the gallery