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Question:
I recently saw a video performance in which the magi asked a spectator to shuffle the deck before replacing a selection because,"I don't want you to think I'm using the key card principle."

Do you use this type of disclosure to enhance the performance of an effect?

Do you consider this type of confession exposing magical secrets or just clever misdirection?

Posted: Mar 6, 2002 5:10pm
Thinking more about this, I have, at times, attempted to remove possible solutions from the spectators mind through my presentation.

"That was a free selection" or "I didn't influence your decision" are common in patter. It was the use of actual magic terminology in a presentation that I found surprising.


Paul's response:
So many views, so little time, I hardly know where to begin...

We do magic tricks - our audiences generally know that. To think that they will believe in real magic seems a bit much to expect when we warn them to start with...

They are gracious enough to be WILLING to suspend their DISBELIEF for a little while, provided we don't let them down.

In good movies for example, we suspend our disbelief, get emotional, believe the story. But only as long as the saloon front doesn't fall over as John Wayne leans against it, or we don't see a 67 Mustang in a 20's gangster plot. Even then, when the movie is over, barring bios, and sometimes even then, we get up and say something like "that was a great movie", "Deniro was awesome", "Glenn Close is fatally attractive". We DON'T continue to believe the story after the show is over!

We DO, however, appreciate the artistry /skill with which the artist/talent conveyed the story, stirred our emotions, carried a message, maybe even inspired us or changed our lives through their particular medium.

By the way, how arrogant was I as a young man? I thought it possible for me to do, by myself, all the things necessary to develop that state of disbelief! Imagine if you will that the great PC could do what Sinatra couldn't do! No stage manager, no light crew, no make-up artist, director, producer, sound man, prop man, costumer, no financing, no writers... None of that for me, I'd do it all myself! And you thought hubris was just a word in the dictionary...

Oh well, this is already too long and I'm just thinking out loud anyway - more ramblings later... PSC
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