iCut Magic Revew

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iCut is a package of videos by a renowned Australian magician which shows you how to easily perform mind blowing street magic. iCut will give you the skills and confidence to approach strangers in the street and perform magic using their headphones. The videos take you by the hand and show you everything you need to know to get started. The main trick is iCut and the bonus includes 3 additional tricks.

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Videos

  1. Live Performances
  2. Explanation
  3. Alternate Handling
  4. Extra Tips
  5. Bonus Phases

Live Performances

icut-live-performanceMagician Josh takes to the street in a shopping arcade to demonstrate iCut. The video is of 3 groups we see in the promotional material. The difference is here we see him perform the trick start to finish so we can see exactly how he does it. Once you know the trick the demos become very useful as you can copy the subtleties of his performance to give you confidence to perform it.

Explanation

Josh explains the idea for iCut came from wanting to take strong magic effects and update them. He then goes on to show you his favourite method for performing iCut. He shows you how to make an inexpensive gimmick and how to present the trick, giving a detailed description of the method so you can really understand it. Why get someone else to cut the headphones? Why say ‘on the count of 3′? He gives instructions about misdirection, explains the importance of each component and the images you want to create in people’s minds’ to make a lasting impression.

Alternate Handling

alternate-handlingsNot every situation will be the same so Josh shows a further 3 ways of performing the trick. One uses the gimmick from the main explanation, another is done through the use of a thumb tip and one can even be done off the cuff with no props or gimmicks. Knowing all 4 methods will allow you to perform iCut no matter the situation. If you are at a party and someone says ‘do that trick!’ you’ll be able to pull it off.

Extra Tips

You can pick up extra tips by watching the 3 live performances. However Josh also uses this vid to go into a few frequently asked questions. He covers performing the trick from different angles, dealing with different coloured headphones and noise issues.

Bonus Phases

torn-restored-earbudThe bonus phases contain 3 additional headphone tricks. He shows you how to pull the headphones through your thumb, through your neck and how to pull off an earbud and put it back on again. Each of these tricks are explained so you can see exactly how to do them. It would have been nice to have some videos of live performances to get some of the subtleties however you will be left in no doubt as to how to perform them after the explanation and demonstrations.

iCut Deluxe Lite

One of the deluxe options, Deluxe Lite gives you a further 6 different tricks. All the tricks involve a set of headphones and some involve the use of rings and further spectator participation. Josh shows you how to thread headphones through a ring then pull the headphones through the ring, take the ring off the headphones and throw it back on again, pull a ring from through your back pocket with the headphones and more.

iCut Deluxe

Explanation-screen-shotiCut plus 10 additional tricks. Everything from Deluxe Lite plus 4 more tricks. Turn 1 ring into another on the headphones by shaking it, a second method to pull a ring through the headphones, throw a ring onto the headphones and pull the headphones through your hand and a ring at the same time.

Review

The product is called iCut however its much more than a single trick. The iCut package contains 4 separate tricks giving you the basis of a short routine which can be performed anywhere. All 4 tricks are suitable for beginners and the methods are quick to learn. iCut is a great set of tricks to get started with street magic or add headphone tricks to your routine.

With the Deluxe package you have just about every conceivable trick that can be performed with a set of headphones. There are tricks for beginners and more advanced tricks, plenty to choose from to build a complete street magic headphone routine.

From David Blaine to Dynamo all street magicians had to start somewhere. iCut provides a great jumping off point for beginners and for an extra $20 iCut Deluxe is the complete street magic headphones package.

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The Revelation Effect Review

The Revelation Effect Review

The Revelation Effect is a mind reading effect taught by Australian mentalist The Mind Reader. In the video he reveals how to approach complete strangers and perform powerful mentalism. The Revelation Effect actually comes as a package which includes 4 videos.

Videos:

  1. The Revelation Effect
  2. Think Of A Card
  3. Psychological Opener
  4. Questions and Answers

1. The Revelation Effect

The Revelation Effect starts with 3 performances.

Performance 1

The Mind Reader approaches a group of 6 girls. He asks one of them to think of someone then write the persons name down on a piece of paper without showing anyone else. Then he gets the group to focus on what the name is and speculate on the sex. Next he asks the girl to imagine the person walking towards her. From there he guesses it is a friend, then best friend, then the name. Needless to say the girls can scarcely believe it!

Performance 2

For performance 2 The Mind Reader approaches a male and female sat on a wall near what looks like a beach. This time he asks the girl to think of something, then he hands her a piece of paper to write it down. He takes the paper back and they all agree there is no way he can see through it (it’s thick paper) and the paper is handed back to the girl. The Mind Reader then begins to narrow down what the thing might be. A person is ruled out, and the girl reveals it is something funny. As in performance 1 he gets the girl to imagine the thing coming towards her, as she does so he guesses its an animal then the animal – a bunny!

Performance 3

The two ladies in performance 3 seem most convinced The Mind Reader has psychic abilities. They look like friends taking a stroll by the beach and are around 40-50. First he gets them both to think of someone then gets one to write it down. Again he asks the lady to imagine the person coming towards her and he guesses its her husband but she’s not giving much away so he gets her to repeat the name over in her head. When he gets it they are both amazed and ask if he’s a clairvoyant.

Explanation

After the performances The Mind Reader explains his method in 5 steps. He also shows you how you can perform the effect with a drawing on the paper or with an object in the room. An explanation is given of how best to perform the effect one-on-one and he gives advice on practice and performance.

2. Think Of A Card

Performances

There are 3 performances of Think Of A Card. Performance 1 is one-on-one with a girl, 2 is to two girls and 3 to a larger group of teenage boys. The effect is as follows: He gets someone to shuffle the cards then gets them to select a card as he riffles through them. The Mind Reader then guesses the card. For the larger group he does the effect on two of the boys at the same time.

Explanation

In the explanation The Mind Reader tells us this is his favourite mentalism effect using cards, always works and always gets a great reaction. The method and performance are explained, an alternative performance is explained as well as how to perform the trick to a large audience.

3. Psychological Opener

In The Psychological Opener you are shown how to use psychological forces alongside The Revelation Effect. The Mind Reader demonstrates how to correctly perform the forces and gives you a selection to use such as numbers, shapes and colours.

4. Q & A

For the Q&A The Mind Reader has asked users of Revelation Effect to email him with their questions and has compiled them into 17 questions and answers. The Q&A is designed to help people who have been out and performed The Reveleation Effect.

Review

The Revelation Effect videos have high production values and are packed with valuable content. The great thing about The Revelation Effect is the techniques are not over complicated and therefore suitable for beginners. The methods are broken down step by step and are explained clearly. With a little practice a beginner will be able to perform the tricks to complete strangers within a week.

With the Psychological Opener and Think Of A Card you have a mini routine to take to parties or perform to strangers in the street. These are all simple but very powerful effects that are sure to get great reactions once you’ve tried them out a few times. I think beginners will get a lot out of the videos and there is a free trial and 60 day money back guarantee if you are not happy. I would recommend The Revelation Effect to anyone who wants to learn mentalism and mind reading.

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Happiness Hypothesis Review

The happiness hypothesis is a book by Jonathan Haidt. It’s essentially a self help book but what separates it from just about every other self help book is the level of research and range of evidence presented.

If you want to be a mentalist or if you want to achieve anything in life you need to master yourself. You will have to put countless hours into practicing your skills to get to a good level. Take a look at Derren Brown, Dynamo, David Blaine, all these guys have put in time and a tremendous amount of effort to develop a range of skills to make them masters of their craft. Getting your psychology sorted will set you up with the right attitude and understanding to achieve whatever you desire.

Happiness Hypothesis Central Themes

Elephant and Rider

An analogy used throughout the book is that of the elephant and the rider being like your mind. The rider is your conscious mind and the elephant your subconscious. The elephant needs to be trained to do as you ask it, the rider has to guide this great beast and of course it won’t always do what the rider wants!

Your brain evolved in stages with some parts having evolved millions of years ago and some more recently. The automatic parts of your brain evolved in ancient times and it is those areas that need training. This part of the brain is also responsible for gut feelings and intuition. Your subconscious reacts to pain and pleasure, things you like, danger in the fight of flight response.

If you can’t manage to control your mind there are 3 things which have been proved to help get your mind under control: meditation, cognitive therapy and prozac. Meditation is to free you from attachment, congitive therapy is a successful treatment for depression and anxiety and prozac is also for anxiety and depression.

Friends and Relationships are Important for Happiness

Humans are social animals who have evolved to live in groups. That has lead to certain traits amongst humans. Altruism where people help each other has evolved, tit for tat strategies, gratitude, revenge, gossiping, reciprocity have all evolved as a result of humans being social animals. Caring for young babies is also linked with long term happiness and has been proved in experiments with monkies.

Happiness Comes From Both Inside and Outside

If you are to achieve happiness you need to do more than attain enlightenment as presented in Buddhist culture. Setting and achieving goals leads to happiness, as does progress towards them. If you become highly competent at a skill doing an activity where you use it becomes very natural and this state is described as flow. People in a state of flow are very happy. However a spiritual side to life is also important. For instance living a moral life leads to more happiness, not judging people makes you happier too.

This book really is worth seeking out. If you are already familiar with self help materials you will certainly learn a great deal more however its also suitable for an attentive beginner.

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Why People Believe Weird Things Review

As a mentalist you want people to believe you can make predictions, have special powers and can read minds. Logically both you and everyone else know you rely on other techniques to create the illusions. However, you don’t want people to know that. Luckily for you people do not think logically and this book will give you a deeper understanding why.

The good news for you is:

  • 96% American adults believe in God
  • 90% in heavan
  • 79% in miracles
  • 72% in angels (1996 poll)

People believe they have seen the bright lights of heaven coming towards them, have been abducted by aliens, they believe in myths, join cults. Why? Because it gives them comfort and a sense of meaning. For many believing in something is preferable to accepting they are just a collection of meat and bones hurtling relentlessly towards the grave.

Content

The book looks at how people go about trying to prove and disprove things often using spurious methods. For instance the proponents of creationism focus on blowing holes in the theory of evolution rather than focusing on proving we were all crafted by God. There was a large movement to deny the holocaust in the 20th century based on bits and pieces of speeches while ignoring crucial evidence such as Hitler announcing he wanted to eradicate the Jews and countless testimonies. Nevertheless thousands believed these claims.

Psychologists in the 60s and 70s used recovered memories to prove children had been abused when in fact no abuse had taken place and were subsequently sued by their clients and the wrongly convicted. The book looks at the cult of objectivism and Ayn Rand which tapped into many beliefs and philosophies of the 20th century for instance individualism. Millions subscribed to the central tenets of objectivism but they largely fell away when Rand didn’t follow her own philosophy – is that a reason for it to be discredited?

Review

This book is useful for furthering your understanding of why people believe things that aren’t logical. After all one of your primary goals of being a mentalist is to convince people you can do things others can’t with your ‘powers’. There are better books on this type of psychology however this is still a very interesting book, it is relatively short and worth a read. You will certainly gain a better appreciation of psychology and the fragility of the human mind if you do and that’s certainly worth knowing.

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Made To Stick Review

Made to Stick is a book about making ideas ‘stick’. Its an important concept for mentalists because you want to create a memorable show.

Chip and Dan Heath have found 6 principles which make ideas stick:

  1. Simplicity
  2. Unexpectedness
  3. Concreteness
  4. Credibility
  5. Emotions
  6. Stories

If you understand these ideas and apply them to your mentalism routines they will be so much more powerful!

Simple

Simplicity is crucial for ideas to be memorable, and this goes for your routines too. As you become a more advanced mentalist it can be tempting to come up with more complex routines but often simple effects are more memorable!

A good simple idea is like a proverb in that it is both simple and profound. Some examples of good simple ideas are Bill Clinton’s campaign moto: ‘It’s the economy stupid’ and Southwest Airlines mission statement to be ‘the low cost airline’.

Simple ideas stick!

Unexpectedness

As a mentalist you need to grab peoples attention and keep it. That’s where unexpectedness comes in. To grab peoples’ attention you have to break their ‘guessing machine’ then fix it. To grab attention:

  1. Find core message
  2. Figure out what’s counter-intuitive about message
  3. Create message that breaks audiences ‘guessing machines’
  4. Help them refine their guessing machines

Your job is to work out how to add elements of surprise.

To keep attention create a mystery then drop in clues as you go along. Try thinking ‘what questions do i want my audience to ask themselves?’

Concreteness

Concreteness means being specific. Use things that people can relate to. For instance, use every day objects and ideas to create a big impact with your routines :)

Credibility

You need to create credibility as a mentalist. Just by telling people you are a mentalist or by the fact that you are performing or on stage lends credibility.

Remember, our intuitions are often flawed. Factors such as beliefs, emotions and media coverage can warp our perceptions of events. If you know this you can use it to your advantage.

The audience itself also lends credibility. If you can get a member of the audience to confirm something for instance, people are likely to believe them more than you.

Emotional

Emotions are very important in mentalism. People in a heightened state will see things differently, sometimes literally! There are a number of ways to engage people’s emotions. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is very important in engaging emotions.

Maslow's Pyramid

Stories

People love listening to stories. If you can link your routine together by telling a story it will be much more compelling for the audience!

Conclusion

Making an idea stick – the communication framework. For an idea to stick the audience must:

  1. Pay attention
  2. Understand and remember it
  3. Agree, believe
  4. Care
  5. Be able to act on it

Keep this in mind for your routine, though you might not necessarily want people to ‘act’ on your performance, you certainly want them to remember it :)

Here are some useful points to apply if you can’t get an idea to stick:

  1. No one is listening: Break their guessing machines, tell uncommon sense.
  2. Attention wavering: Create curiosity gaps. Mysteries, puzzles etc.
  3. Problems getting people to understand and remember: Make the message simpler and use concrete language. Use real world examples, stories etc.
  4. People have different levels of knowledge: Create concrete basis for understanding, use things everyone understands.
  5. Problems getting people to believe you or agree: Find telling details.
  6. People questioning you constantly: Use a springboard story or anecdote.
  7. Problems getting people to care: Remember people care more about individuals. Tell them an inspiring story, tap into their sense of their own identities.
  8. Things that used to get people excited no longer working: Get out of Maslow’s basement and appeal to more profound types of self interest.
  9. Problems getting people to act: Inspire with challenge plot story or springboard story. Msg must be simple and concrete.

Again, you are not interested in getting people to act (probably), however all the others are great tips on how to pep up your routines.

I hope you enjoyed this review, Made to Stick from a mentalists perspective!

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Dynamo Magician Impossible Series 2 Review

Everyone’s favourite young street magician is at it again. Here’s the Mentalism Skills review of Magician Impossible Series 2:

Magician Impossible Series 2 is a 4 part series which was recently shown on Watch. In a similar vein to Magician Impossible Series 1, Dynamo travels the UK, Europe and the Americas performing magic on the street and for celebs. He mixes close up magic, mentalism and large scale illusions, always bringing an element of surprise and fun.

The show was integrated with social media with the hashtag #WatchDynamo and Dynamo answered questions after each show. There’s also an app with exclusive content.

The Shows

Ep 1

Episode 1 sees Dynamo in London. He hilariously makes his hands too hot to touch so people won’t shake hands with him. Then he uses his ‘hot hands’ to melt glass in a clothing warehouse. He’s also up to his old tricks doing crazy coin magic and putting phones in glass bottles.

Over in Venice Dynamo performs at the World Poker Tour where he meets a group of fans and blows them away with some card magic. He then does a series of card predictions on a top poker player demonstrating why he’s not allowed to enter the world series.

Dynamo’s big illusions in this show were flying through the air like superman in a club and disappearing out his tracksuit in a sports shop.

My favourite trick is the prediction in the pub though. Back in Bradford Dynamo is in his gran’s local. A woman from the pub throws 3 darts at a dartboard and Dynamo reveals he has predicted the throws with 100% accuracy on the next dart board. Great stuff :)

Ep 2

During the filming of show 1 Dynamo’s Grandad sadly passes away. Dynamo needs to get away so for episode 2 he heads to Rio after a bit of a break from magic to mourn his Grandad’s passing.

No-one knows him in Rio and the added element of surprise makes this a great show. He is vanishing things and making them reappear in some seemingly impossible places. He does a lot of tricks for kids on the street and in the favellas like making popcorn appear in his hands and passing coins through kids’ hands.

The stuff in the favellas is quite touching as Dynamo has grown up in a rough area himself so has a connection with the people there in that respect. He does a really cool prediction here too making a girl win at bingo :)

Dynamo is enjoying his levitations in this episode. Standing near the beach he levitates off a bench, he floats a football off the ground and for a big climax he levitates, Christ-like in front of the Christ The Redeemer statue.

Ep 3

For episode 3 Dynamo is up to his old tricks in the US. There is quite a bit of mentalism type stuff in this episode. The highlight for me is when a couple rip a bunch of postcards in half. They then choose 1 each randomly, they’re the same then, Dynamo re-seals the postcard and also makes it written to a friend of the girls.

He also does a prediction involving a table, some salt and Elvis and does some crazy stuff to some guys involving playing cards that are seemingly as heavy as a car.

Ep 4

In episode 4 Dynamo does some cool magic for legendary musician Damon Albarn. Put it this way I hope he had a light lunch. His time prediction is absolutely brilliant getting clocks on a main square to change to the exact time 2 girls both choose on their watches.

That’s one impressive illusion. Others include passing through a solid steel fence, and for the finale making a 10,000/1 prediction.

Thoughts

Dynamo has a number of problems going into this series. He is now a celebrity in his own right in the UK and a lot of people have seen his best effects. He addresses the problem of people recognising him by getting away and the episode in Rio was my favourite episode. The other problem he addressed by coming up with many new effects and interesting variations of previously performed material.

In terms of his mind magic and mentalism type stuff he is really impressive. Especially in episode 3 there is quite a bit of mind magic. I am not so much a fan of some of the levitations like walking down a building. While it looks good it is obviously done with wires so its more the technical expertise that’s impressive rather than Dynamo’s skills. Having said that his ability to perform big illusions in the blink of an eye like when he vanishes is fantastic.

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The Drunkard’s Walk Review

The Drunkard’s walk is a massively insightful book about… luck!

Think you are on a streak of extreme bad luck and failure even though you have the talent to be a star?  You could be right.

Put your successful life down to your immense ability and good looks? You could just have been in the right place at the right time.

History of Randomness

The Greeks did not believe in randomness and thought things worked according to the will of the Gods.

In fact the Greeks didn’t even have a number 0, it wasn’t until the 9th century that the concept of 0 was introduced by an Indian mathematician.

The Romans made some progress but it wasn’t until the 16th century that the first book on uncertainty was published, written by an Italian gambler!

It was at this time in Italy that the scientific revolution was taking place and there were other advancements in the study of chance for example Galileo’s work.

Pascal’s triangle, Pascal’s wager, Principia by Newton, the Bernoulli principle, Bayesian theory, the Laplace distribution and String theory have all helped advance our understanding of probability.

Randomness Rules

Our ability matters but so does randomness…

A stock speculator predicted the outcome of the US stock exchange for 12 years using nothing but the Superbowl to make his predictions…

Bruce Willis would not have got his breakthrough if he hadn’t gone to see his girlfriend in LA and chanced upon an audition for Moonlighting.

Bill Gates happened on a lucky series of events and went on to be the richest man in the world.

An average type of baseball player called Merris beat Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1961.

Understanding Randomness

First impressions count big time!

All of our perceptions are based on the initial information we receive about something and we don’t even realise we are doing it. This shortcut means we are prone to making mistakes and not looking at information objectively.

Many famous authors and moviemakers like George Lucas, JK Rowling and John Grisham had their work rejected countless times before they got a breakthrough.

If a sequence is long enough we will observe many unusual sequences. A sequence of good luck can be viewed as being influenced by skill, a phenomenon called the hot hand fallacy.

Derren Brown uses this principle in The System

A lack of control leads to anxiety so there is a fundamental clash between human nature and the true nature of things.

Conclusions

Do you think rich and successful people are the most gifted and hardest working? They may just have had all the lucky breaks. And take it easy on the beggar in the street, he might have had a serious streak of bad luck that could have happened to anyone.

In your own life remember that the more times you roll the dice the more chance you have of making it – so don’t give up and try lots of things!

Spend more time reflecting on the possibility that you might be wrong about something instead of presuming you are right…

If you really want to get into the spirit of things read Dice Man by Luke Rheinhart and get rolling that dice 😉

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Sway, The Irresistible Pull Of Irrational Behaviour – Review

People are irrational. Every day there are unseen psychological forces at work controlling your actions and you are not even aware of them… until you’ve read this book! (unless you’re a psychologist).

Loss Aversion

We don’t want to lose and we’ll do anything to avoid it. Whether its capital tied up in stocks and shares, paying extra for food, or if its our reputation on the line, we avoid loss like the plague. We want to gain but we don’t want to lose more because loss is painful.

If a loss is more meaningful we’ll avoid it even more and even the word loss has a powerful effect on us.

We see a regular $20 being sold for $200 at an auction, people giving up buying eggs and investors losing everything when they refused to cut their losses.

Value Attribution

Our brains have a useful shortcut as to whether we should pay attention to something, we give it an instant value. This shortcut can trip us up though because things aren’t always what they seem. What about that priceless antique at the jumble sale or a world class violinist…

Diagnostic Bias

Beware diagnostic bias. You are constantly labelling things then ignoring or ‘refining’ all future information about it. But what if you were wrong in the first instance?

And its not just you who is affected by your grossly innacurate view of things. People react to the labels placed on them (The Cameleon Effect) and this can have profound effects on a persons ability, confidence and health.

Fairness

Fairness is irrational. People have an acute sense of fairness however it is vastly affected by cultural factors so your idea of whats fair will be different to someone in another part of the world.

Commitment

Committing to a course of action can undoubtedly help us achieve our goals but the examples in the book show catastrophic plane crashes and people losing everything when they commit to a course of action then don’t rationally evaluate things along the way.

Selfish or Altruistic?

When performing tasks we are either being driven by a selfish part of our brain or the altruistic part. Both can’t operate at the same time and the selfish brain will hijack the altruistic brain given half a chance.

For this reason we should be careful to offer a reward for tasks which may be done better for altruistic reasons. Such behaviour has seen great teachers become poor ones and rewarded children perform worse on tests.

Group Dynamics

In groups we see 4 types of people – initiators, blockers, supporters, observers and they are all important in helping the group reach correct decisions. People are reluctant to voice opinions which differ from those of a group, unless someone else has voiced an alternative opinion.

Key Learnings

Irrational sways are everywhere an affecting our lives. Being aware of them can help us to avoid the pitfalls of irrational behaviour.

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Derren Brown, Tricks of the Mind Extracts. Audiobook Review

This audiobook is taken from the fantastic book Tricks of the Mind and teaches the basics of hypnosis, a couple of magic tricks and some powerful memory techniques.

Disk 1: Hypnosis

Derren says he thinks hypnosis is very safe but gives 7 rules to bear in mind just to be extra cautious:

  1. Don’t try to hypnotise someone who is clearly disturbed or has epilepsy
  2. Don’t attempt any therapeutic change unless you are suitably qualified
  3. Treat hypnosis as a gentle tool
  4. Everything you do contributes to the hypnosis. Don’t get flustered
  5. At end make sure person is completely out of belief that they are hypnotised
  6. Take it slowly and only try in a controlled environment
  7. Treat it first as a relaxation tool and move slowly into administering suggestions

What you learn:

  • In its simplest form hypnosis is pacing someone’s experience then leading them to behaviours you want.
  • Use presupposition. This means you presuppose something to be true eg. as your eyes get heavier/ you can wonder how deeply you are going into trance
  • Use double binds where the only options are 2 you have suggested.
  • Tone of voice – gentle and relaxed
  • Use imagery to involve all the senses
  • Don’t contradict yourself and don’t be specific

Framework:

  1. Prepare subject and induce light stages of trance, this may include eye closure
  2. Deepen the trance through a metaphor such as going down the stairs
  3. Carry out your hypnotic work
  4. Fully awaken the subject

Disk 2: Magic

Coin Trick – A Coin Slide

The trick involves sliding a coin off a table, pretending to pick it up and pulling it into your lap.

The trick is enhanced by using another coin for misdirection and placing the coins on the table in advance.

Card trick – A Sucker Trick

  1. Get someone to shuffle cards (need someone with basic overhand shuffle)
  2. Look at cardface then immediately turn away and spread the deck in your hands, showing everyone faces of deck
  3. Turn face down and place squared up on table
  4. Bottom card is key card
  5. Get person to cut deck in 2 and place top half to your right
  6. Turn away and remove card he cut to (top card of bottom half) and look at it
  7. Pick up bottom half
  8. Tell him to replace card
  9. Get person to shuffle cards again
  10. Say you will put cards face up on table and he is not to react if you see his card
  11. Turn over 1 at a time, card after key card is his card. Carry on after chosen card appears but make sure index of chosen card remains visible to you
  12. Stop then ask to bet that next card turned over will be the card
  13. Then reach for the card in pie and turn over

Magic tips:

  • Most of the magic is created after the trick
  • A state of amazement leaves spectators more open to suggestion
  • To make them look less foolish people will trick themselves eg. Think they definitely saw card in magicians hand
  • Magic is helped by people watching closely and using the off beat when both you and they relax
  • Conjurer creates false trail of events
  • Best to be simple and direct

Disk 3: Memory

No such thing as photographic memory. A few people have an idetic memory and can hold the image of a scene in their minds but it typically can’t be held for long and is prone to distortions. Individuals with great memories use rich mnemonic strategies.

Memory is a set of processes. We can remember 7 or so units after which point we instinctively want to break it down into smaller chunks.

Linking System:

  1. Use vivid images and attach strong emotions
  2. Elements should interact
  3. Picture should be unusual

Uses of linking system – shopping lists, tasks, speeches and for actors

Drawback – if stuck on 1 word system breaks down

Loci System:

  1. Use a route you know with locations on the way.
  2. Take a list of things and relate an item to each location.
  3. Place a strong visual representation at each location.
  • Memory palaces – Expand number of loci eg. In your house
  • Its better to have action take place inside something
  • You need to go through things in fixed order eg. Clockwise
  • You can use for permanent memory.
  • Expand loci – have a door from your house lead to another familiar building. Use places from real life eg. museums you have visited

Remembering Names

  1. When you meet with someone immediately think of someone you already know with the same name
  2. Imagine person in front of you has been made up to look at bit like the person you know

or

  1. Connect name with another image eg. Mike becomes a microphone stand, bill becomes an invoice
  2. Find something memorable about the person’s appearance. Better to be a physical feature
  3. Link the 2 together
  • Its best to make image as efficient as possible
  • Can put other info into scene
  • Importance of reviewing

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Magic And Mentalism Festival King’s Arms Salford

Eggs Sausage Peas (ESP)

I arrived at the King’s Arms to be welcomed by a silver faced man organising the Ghost tour!

It was a 1 hr show based on the Egg Sausage Peas show which is 2 hrs.

I have checked the web for Jonathan Royle and some of the comments on forums are less than complimentary but I hadn’t checked before and this hadn’t coloured my view of the show.

I thought the show was great. The audience was not that large but was attentive and enthusiastic.

The Show

Got started with some comedy warm up tricks eg. ‘can you guess what word I am going to predict?’ No – pulls out card with No on. A lady picked a celebrity which was Simon Cowell and Jonathan Royle pulls out 3 cards with pictures of babies on then picture of Simon Cowell, which was an impressive prediction.

A guy was asked up on stage for a card prediction. A deck of cards tied by an elastic band were thrown out and 3 members of the audience including me looked at a card each. I had 10 of clubs.

Jonathan chose 1 card to write down and the audience member rang a friend who chose the other 2.

Jonathan wrote 3 numbers on a card and read them out then asked us each to sit down individually if our card had been read out. One by one we all sat down.

5 stars: 5 members of the audience were chosen to get up on stage and they had to choose masks with celebrity faces on. The faces were then matched up with favourite colours but in the reveal we saw the trick had gone wrong.

Next was a trick on the power of positive thinking. Quite a big guy was selected to sit on a chair and the other 4 members of the audience tried to lift him with 2 fingers put together. They tried with signs around their necks on which was written at first negative emotions then positive emotions, and with the positive signs the man was lifted off his chair.

This was followed by a trick where one of the audience selects a number 1-6, a spike is placed on that number under a cup and a dice is rolled to decide which cups were to be smashed using only bare hands. After one of the earlier tricks had gone wrong this one was a bit nerve wracking!

There were a few more tricks which went well including predicting a cartoon character from a book and predicting a date written on the bottom of a tray.

Luca Volpe

The Show

  • A member of the audience had to choose between 2 cards, one with a 50 euro note in. The one with no money in was chosen
  • The assistant guessed the amount of money I had in my pockets
  • He predicted who had drawn which picture out of 4 volunteers
  • He revealed some writing and numbers on a scroll at the end of the show which matched a newspaper cutting a lady made on stage