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http://www.unexplainable.net/artman/publ......67.shtml
I thought the link might get lost in the other topic - who was that guy?
It's an interesting read.
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About "That's Incredible!" in the 70's...

I remember his pencil on the corner of a table PK-- John Davison, one of the three hosts said "I can hear him breathing." (Wish he's said 'blowing.') Fran Tarkenton, the credulous co-host, defended Hydrick, and Davidson tested by putting his hand between the guy's mouth and the pencil. Hydrick did (obvious in hindsight) a downward blow and pushed the puff with his hand. Cut to close-up on John Davidson's astonished face.

The show concluded with images over the credits of Hydrick in karate class. Anyone else remember that? It's striking that at the moment he succeeded in fooling others, his method was correctly identified, and yet he didn't get caught out because credulity was on his side. There was "buy-in" because he got past the producers/screeners.
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There's an entire breakdown of Hydrick's routine and influence in the Dan Korem book, "Powers - Testing the Psychic and Supernatural" (1988 - InterVarsity Press). I use some of these techniques under the right circumstances and they still kill. - Scott
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Scott-- have you had success flipping pages in book? Ever combine the technique with another PK method?

Seems it would be helpful before using a PK pen-- do a couple of moves, then step far away for the drop...
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Brian - While I have flipped pages in books and mysteriously moved items under glass, I don't think it's practical in today's performing environs (e.g., most buildings, theatres, studios, etc., have airconditioners running that I find can invoke their own cryptic psychic currents and overpower your own "stuff"). On the other hand, I continue to use the pen/pencil routine. Just make sure you turn your head away as the convincer nothing is happening. Enjoy! - Scott
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I tried it a few times after I saw it on banachek's tape (isn't it the same effect you're talking about?). don't feel comfortable with the timing and there's always a little noise ("can hear him breathe"). although I turn away my head, I think that my mouth gives away clue. any advice? you can also pm me.
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Mac King has an "air effect" or two in "Tricks with your Head." One of which I will never do, because of the setting. Smile
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Hydrick was incredible!
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I saw a demo video of Hydrick. It was incredible!
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Danny Korem's book Korem W/O Limits (1985) has a chapter titled "Love is a Trick," devoted to the "incredible" James Hydrick in which he details intervening on behalf of a seminary student whose brother "had fallen prey to Hydrick's claims of powers." The student also had fallen under the belief that Hydrick had "denomic powers" which could be used harmfully against his brother. The brother had a psychotic break, requiring hospitalization.

Korem, after failing to convince either gentleman that Hydrick was using trickery, flew to Salt Lake City to expose Hydrick. About this he said, "I decided to film Hydrick as I believed that it was an embryonic Jim Jones/Charles Manson scenario." Several producers refused to assist him because of "Hydrick's criminal record of kidnapping and robbery."

Korem went on to expose Hydrick effect by effect on film. Hugh Aynseworth, a four time Pulitzer Prize nominee and former head of 20/20, joined in at this point when Korem told him he believed he could get a full confession from Hydrick. Aynesworth told him to have a camera crew on hand as his experience was that people who claim a willingness to confess generally change their minds when considering their options.

Korem goes on to say how he had developed a "base of trust" and didn't want Hydrick to feel manipulated so let him think about it overnight. Korem writes, "My intuition paid off, and he gave the first filmed confession of an alleged psychic."

A film was eventually made titled, "Psychic Confession," seen by 150 million people worldwide. It was discovered that Hydrick had been abused as a child, lived in various foster homes and was sent to a mental institution for nine years.

When asked his motives, Hydrick responded, "My goal was to see how dumb the world was.. how dumb America is. If they called me a dummy...how come ther were fooled? All my life I had been kicked around...I needed to be recognized."

The title of the chapter in Korem's book (quite wonderful if I recall correctly from my magishing days) was the result of asking Hydrick to describe love to which he replied, "To me love is a trick."

An edited version of the film was used by the Department of Health and Human Services as a training film on child abuse. Says Korem, "I was told that the film was the first to trace the effects of child abuse through someone who was an adult. When James Randi learned of Hydrick's tragic past, he sent me a letter apologizing for how he confrotned Hydrick on a national tv special." He also claims that as a result of the airing in the US of the film, several cults disbanded when they realized their leaders were also fakers.

Korem subsequently took a very firm position against mentalists not utilizing a "strong disclaimer" saying that instead "they could provide a valuable service to society by disarming those, who for deviant needs, , tamper with our belief system and offer false hope."

Interestingly (isn't their an old Chinese curse to the effect of "may you live in interesting times?"), Korem ends this chapter stating, "Whenever there is a threat of war or an explosion of technology, the expectation of transcendental experiences goes on the rise. Such is the fabrick of our society." He goes on to state that he believes mentalists can provide a counterpoint and still entertain by explaining all they do is trickery. Of course, Korem is a magician so may be biased Smile .

Given our current world situation and the "technological explosion" that is allowing me to share this with all of you, not to mention the uncritical comments above (don't flame me; I don't mean that in the negative sense, simply descriptive) I thought this information should be shared. Not to mention thought provoking.
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