Have you ever experienced grabbing things without noticing that you already grabbed it? This happens a lot when you are being distracted by someone. It’s called “Situational blindness, or inattention blindness”, a psychological phenomenon of not being able to see things which are in plain sight, either due to distraction or information overload. This is the same trick used by pickpockets and magicians in their acts.

To test how it works, pranksters from Fun Time Federation set up an experiment by handing out things to strangers.

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The goal is simple: approach a person and simply hand them an object without them noticing it –and you can only do this by distracting them.
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See how situational blindness works:

 

Related: Victims’ Reaction To This ‘Touch A Stranger Prank’ Is Both Hilarious And Awkward

The human brain is such a wonderful, yet complicated machine, and it’s both fascinating and alarming that someone clever enough can exploit this phenomenon for evil deeds. –Via: Viral Thread

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