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Quite a few routines are based on a common theme, that's of pseudo-explanation. You do something, then proceed to show the audience how it's done.while explaining, you do the same thing again, going unnoticed by the spectators. You again offer some additional bits on the workings, and meanwhile do that same thing again.... ad infinitum, or unless you feel like they're gonna kill you for being such a bad teacher...

I myself have one such pet routine with my finger ring, entirely constructed on this theme. I've seen that as long as you present this kind of routines as entertaining, and show that you're on the same page with the spectators as to the explanation, they seem to enjoy these more and more.

Any examples of other effects/routines based on this theme ?


N.B. if you feel my description of the above was lacking, let me know, and I'll try to express myself in more detail... may be more than once Smile
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This is a common theme in many mental effects. For example you peek a card, a signature, a drawing and pretend to find it or its owner by body language, pulse reading, reading thoughts. Pseudo Psychometry is another.
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Another is most magician's fake/pseudo use of "hypnosis." How many times and tricks do you see the magician claim to "put someone in a quick trance?" It's really so fake looking and unbelievable to most audiences yet this still exists. It's an example of poor justification at its best.
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On Jul 14, 2014, Mindpro wrote:
Another is most magician's fake/pseudo use of "hypnosis." How many times and tricks do you see the magician claim to "put someone in a quick trance?" It's really so fake looking and unbelievable to most audiences yet this still exists. It's an example of poor justification at its best.


Not Really. You won't believe how many people asked me after I performed some very ordinary simple effects.. "I've seen them hypnotizing people called on stage. Looks creepy. Is it real?"

And I replied with the famous quote by Ian Rowland : "It's as real as you want it to be."

If you can make it look serious, hypnosis today, pseudo or not, still has got it's share of credibility among lay people.

I guess the lack of credibility and fake-looking aspect of quick trance is because the common image of hypnosis among the mass is still that of a Victorian hypnotist, swinging a pendulum and whispering "you're feeling sleepy....", evident from so many movies. The concept of instant induction is relatively unknown to the common mass. That might be a reason.
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