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Topic: In Sense Or?
Message: Posted by: funsway (Jul 29, 2013 06:14AM)
After a late afternoon BBQ Saturday the discussion had become focused on lies told on TV and the Internet vs. those told face-to-face in everyday practice. This ranged from fake diplomas to white-lies out of courtesy.

The hostess had lit some incense – one of the flat wooden holders with an incense-stick at an angle. The smoke trail was mostly vertical with some influence from movement nearby. I picked up the holder and held it at my fingertips without saying anything. Soon the smoke began forming a spiral “pipe” that caught the attention of some. This changed to a zig-zag “ladder” and everyone began to watch.

I explained how a person cannot truly mask a lie, and that subtle clues or “tells” are always available to the trained observer. “Consider poker,” I offered. Everyone nodded.

I described how the formation of a “pipe” in the smoke indicated that a statement made by the person holding the “in-sensor” to be true for them; while a “Ladder” from the smoke indicated some falsehood or deliberate deception. A vertical trail indicated that the holder was neutral about the statement or that the deception was too minor for consequence.

I demonstrated by saying, “I have only two children,” and the smoke-trail formed a Pipe. I then said, “I have a PHD in Education,” and the smoke Laddered the falsehood. Each of the four observers then gave it a try with positive results while making some fairly silly claims.

A fun demonstration.

but then one of the guests took it and made several statements while the smoke wafted straight up. He admitted, “One of those claims was lie. I can control the magic if I choose.” Another guest said, “But you didn’t make it form a Pipe, did you? All it means is that I won’t play poker with you any more.”

The incense went out.


The point is that Ideomotor demonstrations do not have to be limited to a Pendulum. However, I would not do this as a means of Divination since the smoke movement can be influenced by breath or body movement. I chose not to follow-up with a Mentalism effect more profound but could have. The stage was set.
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Jul 29, 2013 07:28AM)
Very nice.

Message: Posted by: george1953 (Jul 29, 2013 01:03PM)
Quick thinking on your part, bet they were puzzled by it
Message: Posted by: Senor Fabuloso (Sep 17, 2018 04:12AM)
This is great and not as common as pendulums so my mind is racing with ideas.