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Asi Wind: How We Perceive, Remember & Connect With Others

172 Min

Andrew Huberman, Ph.D.
In this episode, my guest is Asi Wind. He is a world-renowned magician and mentalist. He starred in a long off-Broadway show and has an upcoming tour. We discuss the human mind — how we remember, perceive, and interact with our environment — in the context of how he performs his amazing tricks. He explains the purpose of storytelling in his art and how he can create an emotional connection, read people, and collaborate with viewers. We discuss how his creativity manifests in many forms, including painting and photography, where he finds inspiration and daily routines to access his inner creativity. We also discuss how he has dealt with fears, perfectionism, deeply feeling emotions, and the great magicians and artists who inspire him. Those interested in magic or not will enjoy this conversation as it broadly relates to how we think, learn, feel, and connect with the world around us. Thank you to our sponsors AG1: LMNT: BetterHelp: AeroPress: InsideTracker: Momentous: Timestamps (00:00:00) Asi Wind (00:02:48) Sponsors: LMNT, BetterHelp & AeroPress (00:07:07) “Jazzy Magic”, Tricks & Improvisation, Memory (00:14:57) Magic & Imagination (00:24:06) Memory “Experiments” (00:29:18) Sponsor: AG1 (00:30:46) Reality Augmentation, Free Will (00:35:31) Audience Interactions & Connection, Empathy, Tool: Breathing (00:41:20) Audience, Empathetic Attunement & Connection; Skeptics (00:49:10) Trick Explanation, Props (00:57:21) Exposing Magic, Misdirection, Storytelling (01:07:29) Sponsor: InsideTracker (01:08:36) Delight, Hypnosis, Behavior Patterns (01:17:35) Hypnotists & Guiding Attention; Social Media (01:23:01) “Power of Pauses” & Memory; Tool: Gap Effects & Learning (01:30:14) Tension, Understanding Magic (01:36:16) Storytelling (01:43:00) Painting & Composition (01:51:08) Truths, Clean Slate, Art & Storytelling (01:59:03) Art & Motivation, Honesty (02:05:17) Inspiration & Creativity, “Sponge” (02:12:38) Morning Routine & Creativity (02:19:28) Memory & Fear, Power of Story; Tool: Walking & Creativity (02:29:53) Body Language (02:33:01) Perfectionism; Negative Emotions, Photography (02:40:19) Sensitivity, Empathy, Family (02:45:16) Incredibly Human Show (02:49:22) Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, YouTube Feedback, Momentous, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter Disclaimer