Misdirection is used to direct the attention of a person or audience in such a way as to distract them from another action. It is a common practice in magic acts and can be used as a means of deception.

Basis: many people can only concentrate on one thing at a time



(1) A person draws the attention of one or more people towards something.

(2) If attention has been successfully drawn to the object or action, then a subject may not be aware of some other action.

(3) The other action takes place and catches the subject off guard.


Another form of distraction is to convince the subject that an object is involved in the occurrence of an event although it does not.


The more that the subject concentrates on the distractor, the greater the success of misdirection.

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