Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lie Detector Test

Ever wondered how it would be if you could look at a person and be able to tell if he was telling a lie or genuinely being truthful? I was fascinated by the thought of being able to tell this. I saw a lie detector test on a video once and could never really learn how it worked, but as I grew older that it was complicated non-sense that I doubt i would ever be interested in. Then I saw the much hyped game show, The Moment of Truth which at first I thought was a show with unbelievably bad acting, and I still stand by that belief.

But after watching that show ages after my addiction of detecting lies I was fascinated again, I started learning techniques which might help me in detecting lies. For example it's a common knowledge that if a person looks into your eyes and says something he's probably genuinely telling the truth, but think of this, observe the person while he talks normally and when he actually is lying is he trying ever so hard to maintain eye contact? If yes then he is probably lying with the eye contact.

I came up with a trick where in a person chooses a card, and then 5 people one by one name any card they want out loud. And they are instructed before hand that one of the 5 has to name the chosen card and it was my job to spot the truth teller. Finally I asked the truth teller to name 5 cards IN HIS HEAD and I tried to guess the number at which he mentally named the chosen card along with the other 4 random cards that he had just thought of.
All I can say to that with a excessively self content smirk on my face is, Don't Lie To Me...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Real Magic

I don't claim to be psychic. I don't claim to have super natural powers, and we all know that there is no such thing as real magic. A magician simply fuses sleight of hand, psychology, suggestion, hypnosis, misdirection and showmanship. All "tricks" done are a combination of all those techniques.
But for me the closest to real magic anyone can get is through over whelming spectator response. I was recently performing Magic for some people, I had given out a deck of cards to shuffle and I tried to memorize the position of each and every card inside the deck...in less than 20 seconds! The next moment I was naming each and every card as a 34 year old woman turned those cards over. And I got the trick bang on..not a single mistake. The next moment the woman came up to me, with small drops of tears in her eyes and said to me "Wow! That's the most astounding thing I have ever seen in my life!"
That to me was Real Magic, for the first time I felt that I had done an amazing job, touching the spectator on an emotional level is one of the toughest things to do, and I managed to do that, and that to any magician has to be the True Art of Astonishment, that is Real Magic...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How I got started into Card Magic!

The ones who've been following my blog (a big thank you to them) you people must have read my first post about how I got started into Magic, with the lipstick all over the place! At that point of time, I started learning coin magic and mind reading techniques and a concept named Neuro Listic Programming or NLP. All of this was really complicated and there were only a handful tricks that I could do with conviction.
But then, one evening I had this friend teaching me poker rather atrociously, and I remember that I needed one card to make an excellent hand. So I willed him to give me that card, but as I predicted I made a fool of myself. But ever since then I was hooked to cards, I had a deck in my hand 24 hours a day, I was trying to name a number to myself and trying to cut that many cards from the top of the deck. Then I saw episodes of the World Series Of Poker and tried to track the shuffling of the dealers there. Now 8 years later I can cut as many cards as I want, I can tell how many cards someone else has cut, I can cut to any named card, I can take out the 4 aces from a shuffled and borrowed deck and make you pick any card I want without ever touching the cards! And I leave you with one question "Are you watching closely?"