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This last weekend I had the opportunity to perform “Smoke Pendulum” around three different campfire events – allowing for some variations and experiments.

For each I used an incense stick in a standard wooden flat holder. The tip of the holder is grasped by the index, ring and thumb of the Assistant. This way the smoking end of the incense is back towards the person’s thumb and the smoke whirling up before their face. Ideomotor responses can cause the smoke trail to rise straight up, swirl in a circle or zig-zag back in any direction. I prefer to use the standard Circle (EYE) and horizontal sway (Arrow) demonstrated by myself at the beginning.

Fire One: I used the traditional Eye means “yes” and Arrow means “no” for a bit of fortune-telling driven by focusing questions and a bit of Cold-Reading. The reception was good but group movement influenced the smoke trail somewhat and led to the, “Someone is blowing on it,” type of comments.

Fire Two: I had a “control” hold one Incense Stick while a Volunteer Assistant hold the other. I placed a Ring and Knife on a stone to represent the Circle and Sway potential of the smoke trail. Various people pointed to one object or the other and the Trail responded in kind. The control did not move, partially because I had that person rest his hand on his knee. The response was better and everyone complimented the Volunteer on their latent psychic ability.

Fire Three: All of the folks were different from previous nights. I explained what had occurred those nights and demonstrated the Ring and Arrow. This time I used two Controls, one on each side of the Assistant about five feet away. I repeated the previous demonstration, then placed a sack over the head of the Volunteer that I held in place with my hand on the Assistant’s back. As various people pointed an object the Smoke Trail responded with a planned 80% accuracy. We did not have any code or coaching. I simply thought of the desired action of the Smoke and it occurred and no one mentioned the fact that I was touching the Assistant – somewhat dark and I was keeping the sack in place. The reaction was mixed, extreme excitement from most but an indication of fear from others. I chose not to make any comment – just thanks the Assistant saying that others would explain what had occurred.

I am sure that experienced performers can think of applications beyond these simple demonstrations. As with the pendulum, I always position the demonstration as that of latent abilities common to all people. I would recommend against any temptation to use direct “trick” influence in experiments of the third type. I was prepared to follow up with Hellstomism an all three Fires if it seemed appropriate.
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Thank you, with your permission I will experiment with the idea.
Glad you shared. Have you written about this elsewhere?
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Nice, funsway ! Smile

Thanks, for the share.

This, would be well worth more experimentation...
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Fantastic. Perhaps this should be an inner secrets post.
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Great idea funsway. A similar take could be a flashllight in a cord. Dark stage. The light moves slowly.

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