For Jacqueline Cohen, though, the term describes how she has felt since she was a teenager. “I’ve always known that the one thing that gets me very excited and aroused is the intelligence, and sometimes even the mystery around someone’s intelligence,” she said.
That’s what drew Ms. Cohen, who is 52 and lives on the Upper West Side, to her first husband, a magician. “There’s a brilliance that comes with magic and card manipulation,” she said.
On their first date, he levitated for her. But she was most fascinated with tricks that involved mentalism — subtly planting a number or an image in her mind so that he could guess which card she would pick later on (and sometimes hiding it somewhere unexpected, like the refrigerator).
“I called it his magic foreplay,” she said.