I'm asking as a dilettante and greenhorn, so am interested in applied, informal, practical aids or resources (and not abstract, formal, esoteric papers).

  1. Is there a (catholic/general) term that envelops/oversees tricks like a loaded question?

  2. What are some resources or references that satisfy the above criteria and explain these devices?

I ask in the interest of enlightenment and protection against sudden hostile attacks with these artifices.


The most approachable resource I've found is:


It's not 100% rigorously correct in all cases, but it provides a simple place to start learning.

For more detail, you can always read through wikipedia which is maintained well and is well referenced for more detail:


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