Performing Mathematical Magic

Fernando Blasco
Proceedings of Bridges 2011: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2011)
Pages 351–356


The performance of mathematics on stage is not very common although many mathematicians are amateur magicians. In this paper we discuss mathematical magic as a performing art, given some tips on presentation as well as the description of mathematical tricks that work fine in a mathematical magic show. Everything is contrasted by personal experience performed in different contexts.