Monday, December 19, 2011

Beliefs and Behaviors

With Christmas around the corner, little kids and some disillusioned elders have put up socks near the chimnies hoping for a fat man in a red suit to fill them up with gifts and toys and smokes and weed and what not. The fact that older people stop believing in Santa as they grow old makes me think why they do so? And if they stop believing in Santa, then why believe in a few other questionable and debatable things.
The truth is, as we grow up, people around us teach us certain things like how to act in public, respecting elders, helping the handicapped and other essential things. Amongst other things, we are taught certain belief systems. Like worshipping God, following a religion, being straight (as opposed to gay) and even Santa Claus.
The idea of worshipping God, following a religion, knowing your sexuality and the idea of Santa, is not something that can be taught, it has to be learnt. In relation to the topic of my blog, behaviors can be taught, not beliefs.
I'm told I should go to the gurudwara or a temple or a mosque or church or any other religious place to worship God, why should I worship someone I don't believe in? For me, my Gods are the people I idolize. I'll worship them, I'll thank them for giving me different styles of performances which I can see and learn from.
In my views, "A man should be allowed to worship the devil if he wants." Without being looked down upon from people around him.
Coming to being gay. For some reason, if people think I'm gay, well I'm not. But if XYZ says that he's gay, people start thinking, "Umm, he's not normal." Who are we to judge? Even if he is, it doesn't make him abnormal, that's his belief. Why should a person have a traumatic life because he can't be bold enough to make statements about being Gay or worshiping the devil for fear of being made fun of and looked down upon by people around him?
I was recently giving an interview for an online magazine and I was asked by the interviewer (a girl): Are you gay? And I thought to myself when was the last time someone was asked in an interview, "Are you straight?"
We tend to look away from people who are different because we tend to think that's it's wrong. It's not wrong, it's just what they believe in. If a 35 year old man says, I believe in Santa. You won't look down upon him, you'll probably tell him that Santa doesn't exist. Similarly, why do we look down upon a person who worships the Devil? Why do we look down upon a man who likes other men? Or a woman who likes other women? 
And as the year comes to an end, I'd like to scream a massive shout of Merry Christmas to all of you and an even bigger Happy New Year. And to end this year, I would love to hear from all of you. So write down your suggestions in an email, print it out, fold it up and shove it up your bottom. What a happy thought to the end the year.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Think Different - Why Don't We?

We were born with two eyes, two ears, two hands, two legs and a nose. Except of course, you're tragically born handicapped. Well I mean, if you're born without a nose you won't be able to live, unless you're Voldemort, but that's a whole different story. But ever since birth, we are taught to be normal with our hands, legs and ears and everything else, including the way we live. We are taught a set of rules, and we are told that that's our world. We all have a "life." But think of this, look around you, each and everything you see, from the device you're using to read this, to the seat you're sitting on, was created by someone who was no smarter than you and I. They just thought differently.
We all take pride in saying that we're not like everyone else. But 97% of the world is. They just don't know it yet. And why? Because that 97% of the world refuses to accept change.
The layout of Facebook changes, we all update our statuses abusing Mark Zuckerberg or Facebook in general, but how many of us actually stop using it? 700 free messages in a day get cut down to 100 messages and we start cribbing, but do we stop messaging? And do any of us remember a time when one text used to cost 32 bucks? Why is it, that if a person in India is bold enough to say that he's gay, he's looked down upon? Why do we make fun of someone who likes Justin Beiber or Rebecca Black? Aren't we all entitled to our own opinion? Aren't we all allowed to think differently? 
Coming to performances, why is it that we all hear the word "Magic" and we think, oh he's going to cut XYZ in half, he'll fly, probably vanish something and make a rabbit or a bikini clad girl appear. We hear "I'm in a band." And 97% of us think, oh it's going to be rock music or metal or something along those lines. Why? Can't it be a band of Sufi singers? Or is that not cool enough?
 That's an illusion of a world that we've all built around us because a magician flying is "common." We refuse to accept change, unless it's forced upon us till we start liking it.
Steve Jobs once said, "People don't know what they want until you show it to them." But why is it that we need someone to show it to us? Why can't we think differently and show the world something that everyone will want?
Why is it, that a boy and a girl just sitting in a park at around 8 in the evening, just talking as friends, doing nothing else, just talking. Yet they are presumed to be making out in a public area? Because that's what we were taught, and we refuse to think beyond that.
Why is it that if a teenager says, "I hate to party." People immediately start assuming, "Oh what a boring person, he's a loser, nobody wants to be around him." We think like that, because we're influenced by the masses to behave in a way everyone is, and not to be different.
We are all trapped by the 'world' all of us have created for ourselves, which includes living normally, doing what everyone else does for fear of being called "different." Because the line that says, "He is different" triggers thoughts of a person being mentally disabled or physically challenged or a 'creep.'
I don't cut girls in half. I don't fly. I've never made a rabbit appear and I most certainly do not have bikini clad girls on stage with me. Yet, I'm considered a decent magician.
I hate to party. I hate going to pubs and bars and discos and all these places with loud music that people with you can't even hear you. Yet, I'm liked by people around me.
I may sound self obsessed, but I'm proud to think, that I'm different. Are you?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Why Can't I Be As Cool As You? - Be Yourself

Look around you. If you're a teenager or in your early twenties, every second or third friend of yours will have a passion for one thing or the other. You might have a singer as a friend, a dancer, a person who plays an instrument, it's hard not to know someone in a band and if you're aware of things around you, it's next to impossible NOT to know a photographer these days. It's hard to log onto Facebook and not have someone asking you to like their photography page. Now I have nothing against any form of art or passion, but some people are unfortunately going the "I can do this too" way.
So for the last four or five months, ever since I started doing some big shows and started gaining respect from some people around me, I've been asked one question over and over again, "How did you follow your passion for Magic and made it into a profession?" And the answer might surprise some of you.
For those of you who've seen me perform, might have noticed that I prefer wearing casuals or semi formals while I'm performing and not a hat and a tuxedo. Why? Because wearing a hat and a tuxedo doesn't make me a magician. Neither does having 10 chains hanging around my neck like Criss Angel or sounding stoned like David Blaine. Nor does cutting girls in half or making them fly make me a Magician. Being myself, makes me a Magician.
The same way I don't need hats, tuxedos or chains to become a Magician, you don't need to grow your hair and have slouched shoulders and piercings all over your body to be in a metal band. You don't need to have a "XYZ Photography" page to call yourself a photographer, in fact one the best photographers I know (Divya Naraynan) doesn't have a photography page. 
In simple terms, you don't need to do what others are doing. Because if you do what others do, you'll forever remain a part of the "Others." Be yourself and trust me, the others will want to be like you. 
And that's not just if you're a performer, that's for your life too. You don't need to like a particular song because everyone likes it, and if you say that you don't like it, you fear that people will make fun of you. You don't need to like to go out and party just because the so called "Cool kids" do that night after night. It's the cool kids that forever end up being a part of the others. Trust me, I was never a cool kid.
And that does it for my pointless balderdash for the day. I really hope that some of you really take some inspiration out of it, and actually start being more of yourself regardless of the fact if people like you or not. Be it in your performance, be it in your life., wherever it may be, take off that mask of being someone else and Be Yourself.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

His Name Is Khan - And He's Not Just An Actor

I was four and a half years old when my parents took me to see a movie called Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, little did I know then, that this was going to go on to become one of the biggest blockbusters in Indian movie history. Me being four years old, Kajol dancing in a towel in the beginning of the movie din't entice me at all, it was the lead actor in that movie, he had a weird hypnotic quality about him that just made a lot of people like him, his name was, Shah Rukh Khan.
And today on his birthday, I'd just like to point out that he's one of the three biggest inspirations in my life and here's wishing him a massive Happy Birthday, "Kahin na kahin, lakho karodo log khush hain, kyuki tum khush ho."
Ever since DDLJ up till Jab Tak Hai Jaan, I haven't seen a single more electrifying performer in our country of over a billion people and I doubt I will for many many years to come. He's the one who defined the term, "Superstar" in India. And here's a little fact, 1.5 billion people know Tom Cruise, 3.1 billion people know Shahrukh Khan, that's reason enough to be inspired by him.
Now when I say that Shahrukh is one of the biggest inspirations in my life, a lot of girls go, "Awwwwwww", and almost all guys  go, "Urgghhhhh, gay!" But why does a magician idolize a movie star? Well to me, like the title says, "He's not just an actor."
Shah Rukh inspires me not because of his movies or his acting, he can do the same step of spreading his arms in every movie and I wouldn't care, I like him because of his unbelievably awesome presence and showmanship. If there's a filmfare awards show where Shah Rukh is the compere, that episode has more ratings than any other, if he comes on Kaun Banega Crorepati, that episode is viewed by more people than any other episode, if he comes on Koffee with Karan, that episode is the most awesome episode of the season. His humor, his wit, his spontaneity matches no one in the industry, heck, it matches no one in India. 
A lot of people see Shah Rukh as arrogant, rude and pompous. Well, he may be all of that to people he doesn't like, but he showers the people he knows with love. Ask almost any person whose worked with him, they'll say he's their favorite co-star, he's a master at something called Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP something that even I practice in Magic. He knows almost everything about anything! Try and speak to him once! He may be self obsessed or self centered, but he's the one person in whom people love to see that trait.
To the King, the Badshah, the real Don of Bollywood, a massive shout out for your birthday! Shah Rukh, if you're reading this, you may smoke more than half of India's teenagers put together but you're still the most awesome showman India has, you can spread your arms in every movie in the same style and people still love it, you can just look at a person and the way you pierce them with your stare can make them fall in love with your personality, you just standing on stage can leave people awe-struck
Hope you continue doing that forever and ever, and by the way....My Name Is Karan, and I hope, that one day, I can be half the showman you are.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween - Trick or...? (The World of Ghosts)

31st of October. People dressing up to impress, scare and win prizes for fancy dress competitions. I wonder why it's regarded as one of the most awesome festivals in the world. Of course, Halloween is hardly celebrated in India, something which I really really hope changes, and soon.
What fascinates me about Halloween? Well it's regarded as the festival of Magic! It's said to be the spookiest day in the world, and Magicians dressed as wizards do some of the most unearthly tricks ever made. It's also regarded by some as the day when ghosts appear in certain darker places. And Magic and ghosts or spirit calling or Seance as it's better known have a long history, and one question has intrigued the world for a long long time. Are ghosts real?
For centuries people and performers of Seances alike have pondered over that question. While the performers or mediums have tried to prove that ghosts exist and it's possible for us to build a connect with them, the general public still has varied opinions on it. So, do ghosts exist?
Being a magician and having some knowledge about how mediums do there "tricks", I'd have to say a massive NO, in caps obviously.  But then, some things do go unexplained quite a lot of the times. All of us had been afraid of ghosts when we were young,  some of us still are. And even though every fiber of our body hopes that we never counter with a ghost, some parts still can't stop hoping of a life after death. And it's very very rare to meet someone who doesn't have his or her own heroic tale to tell when they encountered with a ghost, or have a friend or family member who encountered with a ghost and lived to tell the tale.

Also to quote the great Steve Jobs, no one wants to die, even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. Why is it then the world is so fascinated by the idea of life after death? Simple. Nobody wants to stop being in touch with the world and the people they lived with, and the idea of being left behind as a memory, imprint, faded images or whatever the world of Harry Potter describes ghosts as fascinates people, and gives them hope of never actually "leaving."
Well all that is might fine, but then that still doesn't answer the question, do ghosts exist? Yeah, there have been a million stories of people encountering with ghosts and having heroic boxing matches with them, and yes there are millions of people who will never agree to the idea of ghosts even if a pearly white figure passed right through them, my views are simple and slightly contradictory to the massive NO in caps I said before.
Do ghosts exists? Yes.
Is it possible to connect with them and speak to them? No.
As simple as that, and even though thousands of people will want to dress up as ghosts and mediums on Halloween and will have tales of their desks or tables "moving on there own" and all, it'll all be balderdash at the end of it all. So have an awesome Halloween everyone, and I hope that you don't get the Trick part of the festival, and instead end up with a beautiful Treat.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Standing Ovation - An Ode to Steve Jobs

It was one fine day in the spring of 1977 when two drop outs from college, the two Steves, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded a small computer company named "Apple Computer Inc." Little did they know then, that the world would never be the same again.
A few years later the two Steve's went their separate ways. One became a teacher and an engineer (a bloody brilliant one at that) and the other made sure that he was remembered forever.
In 1984, Apple launched the first ever Macintosh, and as Steve aptly said, it was "Insanely Great." He got fired from Apple, came back in 1996 and that for the world was a little more than "Insanely Great", from then on, he has continued to change the way people look at things almost every year.
In 2001, at the launch of the first ever iPod he said, "Join us, as we change the music industry", and by God he did. In 2007 he said, ,"Today Apple re-invents the phone", and oh it did.  Not just that, he changed the PC industry, the notebook industry and launched a whole new range of products called tablets.
When the Macbook Air was launched he said, "There's something in the Air" and clearly there's something in the air today that just whispers that the world will not be changed by Steve Jobs' brilliance anymore.
No one comes close to his strokes of brilliance,  he turned a product launch into a massive event! For no other product (except Harry Potter books) did you see people lining up three days in advance to be the first ones to get their hands on it.
If you ask me, no one in the world will come close to the showman in Steve, he made people lust for Apple products, he made people believe in Apple. He was one of the three people I idolized, one of the three people that made me love performing. To the world he wasn't a magician, he was a visionary. To me he was one of the most Magical people that ever lived.
 And today on his death the world has spoken, a few of the well known people mourning the loss are, Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell and Bill Gates. If you go on the Google home page, they have a little ode to Steve Jobs in their own way. The Microsoft office is mourning the loss as well.
I would like to say just this, "Microsoft, Google, Dell... when competitors are mourning your loss, you know you're a legend."
Oh and "One more thing...."
"Every time a Steve Jobs keynote ended, he got a standing ovation and the crowd erupted. Every time he walked up on stage to give a new keynote or to launch a new product, he got a standing ovation and the crowd erupted. The world was his stage, and he was the performer. And today as he walks out of this stage, we give him a standing ovation only to be sure that when he walks into heaven, the crowd will erupt and the Gods will stand and applaud."

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Man Who Made Magic Beautiful

I was eleven years old at a family gathering when an uncle of mine showed me a Magic trick using a lipstick. It was the most awe inspiring thing I ever saw, a small mark of lipstick from his hand came onto mine, I bugged him till he told me how it was done and from then on, Magic became my life, it became my passion, it gave me a new identity.
From then on, I spent entire days watching David Blaine, Harry Houdini, Derren Brown and every other magician I came across. Having no friends who were very passionate about Magic, I did whatever I could around Magic myself. And for four years, I always thought that it was David Blaine who made magic cool and bought it out for the world to see. But then one day, I came across this video called, "David Copperfield - Grandpa's Aces." I saw that video and his performance made me fall in love with Magic. He is the one whose made Magic sexy, he's the one whose made Magic cool. He's made people want to watch Magic.
16th of September, 2 days ago, was his birthday. And as a tribute to the man who made me fall in love with Magic, I made a video of myself, re-enacting the first ever trick I saw David Copperfield doing.


The only reason I don't want to give the link of David Copperfield doing this effect, because people will begin to compare, and I don't think I deserve to be compared to him and frankly I think I din't really do it justice. If anyone is really interested in watching him perform, you can easily find it on Youtube. 
David Copperfield has sold more tickets than any other sole entertainer in the history of entertainment, more than Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga put together. His broadway show, "Dreams and Nightmare" has sold more tickets than any other show in the world, more than, "The Phantom of the Opera", "The Lion King" and "The Cats." He has 11 Guinness Records to himself, 38 Emmy Awards nominations and 21 wins. He's been awarded the Magician of the Century award and recently became the first person ever to be given the title, "King of Magic." He's walked through the Great Wall of China, made the Orient Express disappear and vanished the Statue of Liberty.
He's made millions of people, magicians and non magicians fall in love with the Art of Magic. As for me, I hate stage magic, I hate the cheesy music used in the tricks performed on stage, people who know me personally will tell you how much I hate stage magic. But David Copperfield is one person who I can watch cut people in half and fly all day long. David Copperfield is the one whose made me fall in love with Magic, and after I've seen Derren Brown live in February, I'll go on and watch Copperfield live some day too.
To the man whose made Magic beautiful, sexy, cool, amazing and awe inspiring, to the man whose made Magic terrific and has made the world stop in their tracks to watch him, I dedicate this post to the Wizard of Magicians, David Copperfield.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ripping Apart The Future

Over the past year or so I've been reading up on Tarot Cards, Crystal Ball Gazing, Palm Reading and basically every thing I could find to do with what we call Astrology or "Reading the Future." 
Ever since I got into Magic I was fascinated with all this, I always knew that it can't actually be real but I also wanted to know how they do it. Having read up on these apparently fascinating things I learnt that these "Artists" are not Reading the Future, but they're are actually reading you. Before I actually tell you the basics of how it's all done, I have a few facts and questions that I want you think about.
The most common one, "If they can predict the future, why can't they ever predict natural disasters?" Moving on, why is it that these artists always start by saying, "This is not an exact reading that I'm going to give you, but it will give you a general idea." Then what the hell are we paying you for? A dog can give us a general idea. If you go for a Tarot reading, you pick three cards that apparently tell your future, if you pick three cards five minutes later, obviously they'll be different, does that mean your future changes every five minutes?
Tarot Cards were invented as a card game, those portraits on the cards were never meant to tell the future. Why is it that only the Crystal Ball reader can see what the ball has to say, while for others, all it might suggest is that there'll be a lot of rain later that day. As for palm readers, do they mean that unfortunate people with no hands have no future? Extra-ordinary claims need extra-ordinary proof. But then how is it all done?
There's a technique called Cold Reading and a few famous statements titled Barnum Statements, these are general facts which are used in a way that they seem more personal. Example (Imagine a person who've you just met is saying this to you): You seem like a person whose got a strong Iron Clad exterior while at the same time  there's a soft sensitive side to you which you don't like to show. If you're at a party, there'll be times when you want to be the life and soul of the party and interact with everyone, then again, there'll be times when you want to just sit back and relax and observe people. You've got a lot of friends, but there'll be 3-4 friends which you are very attached too and sort of tell them everything. These are statements which will be true for each and every person in the world but had you not know that they would have seemed very very personal and specific to you. 
Then these Artists will come up with statements like, "At work, you're situation is good, but you hope it could be better, and if you work towards it, it will get better." Again very general when you think of it. "You're relationship is healthy, but it would be loads better if your boyfriend/girlfriend was more involved and did more to make you feel special." And they pick up on certain expressions like head tilts, body drawn backwards or forward to figure out if they're on the right path or not. And also these statements are very open to interpretation, we make sense of them ourselves to make it fit with our lives.
And as I end this post, I meant no offence to any of these Artists, because I do have great respect for their work as long as it's taken as light hearted entertainment and not something that some people follow and get all sorts of expensive rings and break up their relationships or get dis-heartened  at work. Some Artists who think they're psychic are like 3 year old kids who say Santa is real, they think it's the truth, but very sadly it isn't.
To everyone reading, don't ever take advice from these people,  by all means, continue paying to get a reading done, but take it as entertainment not as hard facts to live by. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Criss Angel... Who?

MINDRFREAK, MINDFREAK, MINDFUC.....Uhh..
Are you ready?
It was nine years ago when I started with Magic, I had absolutely no idea who David Blaine, Criss Angel, Harry Houdini, Derren Brown or any other big names in Magic were. I slowly started coming across these people and got inspired by each and everyone of them... except for, as you might have guessed, Criss Angel.
For a major part of nine years, I have watched Derren Brown or David Blaine almost each and everyday, and the way they inspire me is something I'll never be able to put into words. They also made me forget of a certain Criss Angel who I used to watch for a very brief period of time.
But recently, a friend of mine, Anisha Shekhar, came up to me and asked, "What do you think of Criss Angel?", she for some reason found him unbelievably amazing. And over the next few days, loads of people came up to me and asked me what I think of him and that they found him amazing. The reason for all this was, his "show" was running on Zee Cafe here in India. All of this prompted me to write a blog on what the magic community thinks of him.
If any of you ever get a chance to go to Las Vegas, do go there and ask people about Criss Angel. Here's what a magician who lives in Las Vegas, whose also seen Criss Angel live, thinks of him, "He's a fucking fraud, I went up to him once, he asked me to be an actor on his show and offered to pay me quite a lot of money, being a magician myself I refused." Another friend of mine, whose also a magician says, "What makes magic real is the feeling of wonderment and something impossible happen to you, not camera tricks or paid actors or 14 chains hanging from your neck." A CAB DRIVER in Vegas said to me, "Criss Angel is fake. I used to love Magic, he's made me hate it."
To me magic is something beautiful and awe inspiring, not a business. You're a performer, entertainer or a showman. Not a businessman who pictures himself as God, which is exactly what Criss Angel does. Paying people to be on his show, using camera tricks and calling himself a magician. He's a disgrace to the name of magic, not a single pro regards him as a magician. Not a single pro respects him. You can't walk on water without having glass under your feet, you can't float from one building to another without a crane lifting you or using camera tricks.
Criss Angel is the Justin Bieber of Magic. Liked by girls because some of them find him hot for some reason. Liked by select few people who want Magic to be about cheap levitation illusions and disappearing actors in bikinis.
To Criss Angel, you are the biggest disgrace not just to Magic, but to any kind of performing arts. Stop using camera tricks, stop using actors, stop acting like God, because quite simply, you're nothing but a guy with a terrible accent, a few trick decks of cards, your camera crew, cheap actors and no self respect. Yours sincerely, each and every respectable magician to walk the face of the Earth and half of Las Vegas, who knows the real you. Die Angel.
And now you must excuse me, the half an hour of writing about him has disgusted me so much that I need to watch Derren Brown to make myself feel better. Till then, I hope you stop watching Criss Angel for good.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Mind and Magic of Steve Jobs

It's the year 1977, a young Steve Jobs sitting in his parents' garage plans to start Apple Computer Inc. becoming the first person with a vision to sell computers to the general public. People disregard it as unimportant and not something that will sell. In one year it becomes a multi million dollar company.
It's now seven years later, Steve Jobs has launched The Macintosh, people disregard it as unimportant and not something that will sell. Macintosh goes on to become one of the most popular personal computer in the world. But Steve Jobs is made to leave Apple soon after by the board of directors. Almost like being fired from your own company.
It's now twelve years later, the world has disregarded Apple Computer Inc. as unimportant and not something that can sell. But for twelve years Steve Jobs is running a computer company called NeXt. It has expensive but awesome computers which are way ahead of their times. In a master stroke, he sells NeXt to Apple and becomes the interim CEO or iCEO of Apple. Thus start fourteen of the greatest years in the history of Silicon Valley and the most legendary person in the history of technology is reborn.
Why is he on a blog related to Magic? Because it's often said that a trick is as good as the magician or the performer and Steve Jobs is one of the most awesome performers the world has ever seen. For those of you haven't seen the Apple keynotes, do yourself a favor and go see them right now.
What Jobs does through his keynotes, no other CEO is able to. Jobs has made millions of people believe that Apple is religion and he is God, just through his keynotes. Before the iPod was launched there were Mp3 players sold by Japanese companies, and they presented them as "2 GB hard drive, 8 inch products that could hold songs." Steve Jobs presented the iPod as "One Thousand Songs in Your Pocket." Simple, jargon free and awesome.
The Macbook Air keynote started with, "There's something in the Air." And moved on to prove that the Macbook Air was, "The Thinnest Notebook in the World." With the iPhone, Jobs said, "Today, Apple reinvents the phone." He just din't reinvent the phone, he reinvented the music industry, the laptop industry, he brought tablets to the world and dropped them like a bomb waiting to explode and oh did it explode. He doesn't sell products, he sells thoughts and emotions and he provides journalists with headlines. He is the reason that a Google search on Apple lists the fruit on the 6th page and the company for the first five pages. That is how he creates Magic, that is how he's the most awe inspiring CEO in the world, that is why he's as awesome and brilliant in 2011 as he was in 1977.
I can go on and on about him, but I doubt a lot of you would be interested. If you are, let me know and I'll post another one on him.

Till then I leave you with this, "Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, you make one of those and you're remembered forever. He made all four ensuring that he's remembered for eternity." Thank you Steve, you'll be missed.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Psychology and Expressions of Anna Hazare!

This post is my ideas, no intentions of anyone are meant to be harmed.
The country is talking about Anna Hazare. For all you beautiful people who are not from India and are sweet enough to be here, Anna Hazare is a sort of a Gandhi in the making. Similar clothes, similar movements, trying to fight for the good and wears a Nehru like cap, also not to forget he's kind of hot property or the talk of the town here in India. I couldn't help noticing that any famous personality named Anna is famous. Anna Kournikova and now Anna Haz... yeah okay, I'll leave the "humor" aside.
Today I was on my way home from office and a journey that usually takes 45 minutes, ended up taking me two hours. Why? Protests for Anna Hazare. The whole of India is trying to wonder, should I support him? Should I not? Is he brilliant? Is he a fraud? Well the fact of the matter is 95% of the people who support Anna Hazare, only know how to spell the Lokpal Bill, nothing else about it. Some blessed souls don't even know the spelling of it. 
If you read Anna's history, he's always been into all sorts of these protests for ages. It's because of him that we have the Right to Information. Do I like him? Yes. Do I believe in him? A massive NO, in caps obviously. Why?
Having observed Anna (again these are my observations, major chance that it's all bullshit), I doubt he has massive belief in the Jan Lokpal Bill himself, he seems unbelievably wicked to me. He's a kind of person who gets a kick out of making higher powers bow down to him, in this case, the government. He's a kind of an attention seeker, who wants people to agree with him because whatever he says sounds good. By saying the government is corrupt, he wants people to join him, not realizing that almost everyone in India is corrupt themselves. How many of you have downloaded a movie from torrent? How many of you have downloaded over a 100 songs illegally? Illegal downloading is stealing, piracy. A form of corruption. And yes I've done it myself.
Anna Hazare is a fraud, while I want him to get success, I even want people to realize that he's wrong in some ways and not the next Gandhi as people are calling him (which I'm sure he loves). 
Support him or don't support him, you can't ignore him.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Walmart and McDonalds

Why is it that certain shops and stores do better than others? Why is it that we go to certain places over and over again? Is it customer loyalty? Or is it something that pulls us back?
Take Walmart for example, for those of you who don't know what Walmart is, it is a super market which sells literally everything, from clothes to gadgets to grocery to slightly questionable products. And each outlet of Walmart is said to attract 30,000 people everyday. Seeing that there are over 300 Walmart stores worldwide, it adds up to 9,000,000 (9 million or 90 lacks) people everyday. Which works out to about 2.7billion people in a month. That's twice of India's population in a month. That is HUGE compared to the competitors.


Every Walmart store has a McDonalds right at the entrance (See picture above), because the smell of food attracts people in, and right after McDonalds there's vegetables and fruits which also have a peculiar smell which draws people in. People buy their food, drinks, gadgets and other items, the last thing they see while going out is again McDonalds, and they subconsciously end up feeling hungry and stopping for a quick bite. Fact: The McDonalds stores in Walmarts have more annual sales than any other McDonalds all over the world.
Another thing designed to manipulate in these stores is while paying the bill, right next to the billing counter you see chocolates and chewing gum and most of us end up buying them for the main reason that they are right there staring at us waiting to be bought.
For those of you who don't believe in ideas like this, did you ever wonder why most of you when you go to watch a movie and plan NOT to buy pop corn or Pepsi but still end up buying it because you feel like eating it after watching all the people around you eat it. Think about that while I plan my next post. Cheers.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nike - Just Do It!

If you're walking in a shopping mall, you go across thousands of shops, restaurants, food courts and other weird shops which none of us ever enter. But every brick, every corner, every inch of certain shops is designed to manipulate us. And as we all know, we tend to stay at malls longer then we actually intend to.
Now for most of the guys and 75% of the girls walking in a mall, you'll be attracted towards Nike, if not to buy anything but just to walk into their store. Why is that? If you're in a mall, all the shops will have their logos with their names and stuff like that, Nike has a tick mark. JUST a tick mark. And what does a tick mark trigger in our head? "Right." ie:  The right place to be and you walk in.
Fact: 45% of the people who walk in to window shop in Nike end up buying something and THAT is a massive number compared to the 3.6% of Reebok. And the 45% is just window shoppers, doesn't include people actually intending to buy stuff.
Why is that? Because each and every corner of the store has a tick mark with the words "Just do it." To a man who knows nothing about Nike, those words won't make sense, they don't even make sense if you know about Nike. "Just do it" in every corner of the shop, just do what? Just... buy! And your sub conscious mind makes you buy things even if you were there to window shop.
Niketown London was opened some years back (image above)) and its major revenue is from shoes. An average Nike store sells 1000 - 1500 pairs of shoes in a month, Niketown London had shoes hanging from the ceiling and in every corner of their store. They had a larger then life shoe outside the store the day it opened. And they sold... Fifty Six Thousand (56,000) pairs of shoes in THREE days.
Not for nothing are they the market leaders in sports for ages.
So end of another pointless little post, do tweet about my blog, share it on Facebook and get other people to read it if you like my posts. Cheers.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Severus Snape - Legilimens!

With Harry Potter finally over, die hard fans such as myself who have no life have seen the final move twice or thrice, they've started reading the books all over again, they've started watching all the movies all over again. And finally the whole wide world, including the dunderheads who watch the movies and call themselves fans find out that Severus Snape is probably the greatest character ever written. 
Is he evil? Is he good? Why does he protect Harry? Or does he hate Harry? All questions are answered and the 15th of July was an unofficial Severus Snape appreciation day. You can't not love the character, including Alan Rickman (who I think deserves an Oscar) the guy who plays Snape in the movies, he was born to play that character. His acting, his voice, the way he talks is absolutely brilliant. 
But I have another reason to love him. Legilemency or what we Muggles call mind reading! There's a line in the Order of the Phoenix in which Snape says "The mind is not a book which can be read at will..." This line couldn't be more accurate. As an amateur magician and mind reader, whoever asks me how do you read minds? This line from Harry Potter always plays in my head. After all how CAN you read minds?
Merrily looking into a person's eyes can not help you figure out what he or she is thinking. Loads of factors like body language, how a person talks, how they sit, how interested they are in something and most of all the tiny little micro expressions of people. All of these things contribute in figuring out what a person is thinking, I or any other mind reader may never be accurate because the mind is not a book that can be read.. but we will have a general idea of what a person is thinking.  
Of course, I'm sure Snape never lifted a deck of cards or guessed the persons birthday or phone number because I doubt he was using Legilimency for purely entertainment purposes like I claim too.
The worldwide phenomenon has come to an end, Harry Potter is over and even if I get Alzheimer's diseases I doubt I would forget the black cloak, the cold grey eyes and the awesome character of the Half Blood Prince, Severus Snape!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Avada Kedavara!

Lumos.
I solemnly swear that I'm up to no good.
"You're a Wizard Harry!"
"I'm a what?"
Those were the first words I heard on a trailer of the first Harry Potter movie. And I decided to start reading the books at the age of 12. And it took me to a whole different world. As a magician, Harry Potter is like what a cheesy magician hopes to be like, flying on brooms and levitating stuff. Even though I don't do "magic" like that, Harry Potter's world had a magic of it's own... worldwide! Waiting in queues with kids who had never ever seen sunrise in their lives mainly because they never woke up before noon, yet were there in queues to get the latest Harry Potter book at five thirty in the morning or fighting to get tickets for the movie's first screening. A thrill like that would never be felt for ages to come.
Being lucky enough to grow up with the boy wizard, I developed certain things of my own brand of magic which were based around Harry Potter. For example, for the build up for the last installment of films, I decided to memorize the last book. (video attached)
I don't want get into how I did that because clearly this isn't the moment. It's the end of an era. It's the end of a worldwide phenomenon (enjoy it in 3D as the trailers say), it's the end of my childhood and that of millions of other people my age who grew up with the boy wizard. "The Boy Who Lived has come to die" but the Boy Who Lived will live forever. 
Avada Kedavara to the world of Harry Potter, may it inspire, excite and make the world of people yet to be born as awesome as it made mine.
Mischief Managed.
Nox.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Performing for Google - An evening of wonders!

Last year, I performed for Google, Gurgaon. Not only are they the world's best place to work for, judging by the way they encouraged me and helped me perform better then I actually can, they even felt like the world's best place to perform for.
Doing a stage as well as a close up performance on their world famous "TGIF" treats. The performance wasn't as good as what followed it. Their appreciation mail which went out to Google India. And this is what it looked like:
"Gurgaon had quite an unusal close to last week.It was captivating as well as scary. 45 min seemed too short for us. We all wanted more and more.
We played host to Karan Singh , a magician par excellence during TGIF last week. He showed us "magic"; from separating all the Aces in a deck without looking at them to guessing which number we were thinking about - he transported us to another world and told us why he wouldn't be allowed in casinos after this :)
He started at the age of 11 and has only been getting better and better untill now. He started by asking someone from the audience to think of a card. After which he asked someone else in the audience to call out a random number between 1 and 52 ( someone said 25) and he counted 24 cards in the deck and lo and behold! the 25th card turns out to be the thought of card!! This was only the beginning of more such amazing feats. He then involved a group of people to pick cards and hold it between their hands and without touching them got their cards on to his palm. After the initial thoughts of trying to figure out how he did what he did , we all gave up and got immersed ourselves in some reallyyy good mind reading effects. He stunned all of us by telling us which card we thought of without even using the deck. All around words like " freaky....ooo , amazinggg , brilliant" could be heard.

Some called him a mind reader , some a magician. In the end , he was the perfect entertainer and we couldn't have ended the week on a more magical note!"



Well Google, all I can say is that, this is till date the best review I've got for a performance and that I would love to perform again.

Monday, July 4, 2011

A massive Thank You - Random is Intriguing Indeed!

It was 1am last night, I saw that BLAH magazine had uploaded the video they filmed on and about me. Even though the content of the video was something that some of you who regularly follow my posts might have seen before, the way they filmed it, the way they edited it, the way they made the whole video made me look a whole sight nicer and cooler then I actually am.
For those of you interested in watching the video, well it's integrated into the post so feel free to watch it.
The video has received close to one hundred and fifty views over night, and I've lost count of the number of people who've shared it on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and other social networking platforms. I would like to thank each and everyone associated with BLAH, especially Anubhav Gupta, Prerna Goel, Nischay Pradhan (hope I spelled it right), Sukanya (I'm pretty damn sure I did not spell it right) and most of all Pragya Sidhwani. Interestingly, Pragya is the first person to be featured on my blog twice.
Also, a journalist from Hindustan Times approached me to do an article on me, scheduled sometime in December, also I was asked to be a speaker at the TEDx (something which I will write on a whole different post because my small brain can't process so many things together). So all in all, my birthday month has started off with a bang. Hope it continues.
Thanks to everyone whose loved and supported me for this, also thanks to Butter Chicken for giving me the confidence that it will be there for me at any roadside dhaba at any given point of time. Now before I deviate from the topic more, I'll stop writing.... more so because the mention of Butter Chicken has made me hungry.
PS: Apologies for a slightly dull post, the happiness and excitement is too hard to express with words and I'll do a better job of it when it has all sunk in. Thank you for reading. Do come back unless of course you'd rather be reading erotic poetry. Good night!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Interactive Hypnosis!

So it's been 60 days since I wrote a blog. Which is equal to 1440 hours, interestingly that is also the number of BlackBerry phones which have stopped working since I started writing this post. Anyhow, before I move on check out the video, only when you've done that should you read on.
Done that? Brilliant. So leaving apart all things, and coming to the most important aspect of the video. How many of you actually went on to watch porn despite touching your elbow? Sorry, kind of missed the point there. How many of you were able to fight the force and your fingers never touched? And for the ones whose fingers touched did you feel a force you couldn't control pushing them together till they touched? Or something attracting your fingers closer and closer together?
But the one thing that all of you might be wondering is, how the hell did that happen? Also some of you might be wondering, if you sit in that position, won't the fingers end up touching on their own? Well the answer to the second question is No! Try it on someone who hasn't seen the video and don't tell him what's going to happen. Ask him to sit in that position, and it won't work.
Coming back to how I did that. Well, I asked you to hold up your hands, you did so. I asked you to clasp them together, you did so. I asked you to bring your hands close to your chest, hold up your fingers and close your eyes, you did so. Your sub conscious is tricked into obeying me, and well you just end up believing that there's a force making your fingers touch.
And as I end this post, I would like to thank the makers of Deshdrohi. Because lets face it, I doubt anyone ever thanked them for all the laughs we had on the "star" cast.
Anyhow, there'll be another blog post within a day or two on me being featured in BLAH magazine. Yeah baby. :D
Till then please a find a better place to while away your time. Cheers.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Projecting Thoughts - Telepathy!

Hello!! It's Tuesday the 3rd of May, 2011 and Osama Bin Laden has been "killed." If you ask me, what's really happened is that USA has killed a person who they created. But lets not get into that. In case he was a real person and indeed has been killed then yayyy, time to have BLAST, if you know what I mean.
Leaving Mr. Osama alone in his grave in the Pacific Ocean lets come to what I CAN talk about, telepathy! How many times does it happen that you're thinking of someone, and that person ends up calling you and you get all excited and call yourself a psychic (Yeah, we all do it) or the doorbell rings and you know before you open it who it might be. You're definitely not projecting thoughts to a person and will him to call you nor is the person standing at the door projecting to you who he is. This is just a plain but fun coincidence.
Now before you move on, WATCH THE VIDEO! 
Done that? Good. Did you think of an elephant? If you didn't you're probably thinking right now, huh, I thought of a bear. Now how does this work? Am I really projecting thoughts? Well kind of! What it is, is me breaking into your psychological mind and sub conscious to force you to think of Elephant. How? See the first 3-4 seconds of the video, look at the right middle corner of the screen, I purposely flashed the piece of paper so that your sub conscious sees the word elephant but you don't register it but still end up thinking of it. Confusing? Let me make it simpler. Watch minutes 1:12 - 1:16. I say, "Picture it really BIG...". The word BIG makes you think of a big animal. Also from 1:12 - 1:16, while I'm saying that, I happily draw two small eyes, two big ears, a huge body and a tail. And that's why you thought of Elephant. But my intro about not thinking of a dog, cat, mouse or dinosaur is equally important because those are the most obvious choices. 
So clap for me, try it on your friends, see their shocked faces and dance around in glee. Till then, I'll tell Christopher Nolan how Inception really works. Cya!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Psychology and Expressions of Relationships - 2!

It's Wednesday the 20th of April and I just heard a long long story of a friend's break up because her boyfriend was cheating on her. And apart from the usual pointless thinking too much on her part, there were certain useful things that she could have done to figure out whether he was cheating on her before she actually found out.
How you ask? Well through picking up on simple body language tells which may seem a little far-fetched and fairy tale like to most of you, it is surprisingly true! That too for everyone in the world, including animals for crying out loud!!
First of all to everyone whose not straight forward in asking any questions to their bfs or gfs, and rely on their usually self obsessed master plans to trick them into telling you the truth, drop that idea, don't waste time and brains on something that can be figured with just a simple question.
Imagine a conversation:
Boy: Have you cheated on me recently? (ASK THIS IF YOU FEEL IT HAPPENED, NEVER HOLD BACK)
Girl: No!! Why would I?
Boy: Are you sure?? (ALWAYS ASK A "ARE YOU SURE" QUESTION)
Girl: Yes, I am!

Now lets look at a normal convo:
Boy: What do you want for lunch?
Girl: Pizza! :)
Boy: Are you sure??
Girl: Yup!

The two conversations look similar, but the mood during them is completely different, so are the words chosen, and the expressions. When a person is lying, obviously they tend to defend themselves and stick to their part of the story. If the reply to, "Have you cheated on me recently?" would have been, "Umm..no", then the person's probably telling the truth. But in our case she ends with a "Why would I?" question to put pressure back on her boyfriend. Obviously that doesn't happen in case of a pizza.

Now imagine you ask a friend, "What time did you wake up?" And the answer is, "Six." That is the truth! But if he says, "I woke up at six." That's probably a lie, because he's stressing on the fact by repeating your words. Similarly the reply to, "Are you sure?" is different in both conversations, and I hope you can tell the difference by now. :)

As for the expressions, "No, why would I?" will obviously be accompanied with a shake of the head. BUT, as soon as you ask your first question, watch her head! There will be the tiniest of nods subconsciously before the shake of the head. Most of you may not believe in it, but it happens...to everyone in the world!! Also imagine yourself lying, there's an awkward pause in a convo when you lie, and how many of you cover it up by scratching your ear or nose? Or inhaling loudly or doing something unusual? Well look for that "awkward pause" in your conversations too and see if he or she does one of those things.

Well I guess that's been one massive post, but trust me putting all that non-sense into words isn't easy. I will be writing up a little more on the expressions part of different conversations hopefully. And if any of you want the expressions to certain conversations, let me know by leaving a comment below. Thanks a ton for reading, as always keep your lies honest and the non-sense real. Cya around ;)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Inside A Magician's Relationship Mind!


Good evening...or morning... or afternoon! Or.. well, whatever time you may be reading this pointless little post. This is the first post that doesn't deal with magic exactly but it is a kind of a fun little psychological script.
So as I try to put into simple words, the tiny little expressions which all of you can pick up on, looking at your boyfriends or girlfriends and try to sort of figure out if they are cheating on you or are lying to you or other complicated relationship blabber. I have a simple ten point theory of what a guy thinks a relationship is. And all this may seem a tad bit rude to all girls, deep down, even they know that it's the truth.
SO, the ten points coming from inside the mind of a self proclaimed full of himself psychological magician about relationships are: 

1. The woman always makes the rules.
2. These rules are subject to change without notice.
3. No man can possibly know all the rules.
4. The woman is never wrong.
5. If it appears the woman is wrong, it is because of a flagrant misunderstanding caused by something the man did or said.
6. The man must apologise immediately for causing the misunderstanding.
7. The woman can change her mind at any time.
8. The man must never change his mind without the proper consent of the woman.
9. The man must read the mind of the woman at all times.
10. At all times, what is important is what the woman meant, not what she said.

Well if you ask me, the only thing I can do, that to not all of the times, is point number nine. You can never be to sure what a woman is thinking, leaving aside the countless number of times she'll change her mind.
Here's a quick little expression read I can do for all of you reading.
All guys: Will be laughing and smirking as they read these ten points and plan to show this to their friends and laugh harder.
All girls: Will be looking down, shaking their heads with a wry smile that says, "Hmm... that is kind of true."

And as I end this post, a big sorry to all girls who might have taken offence. And a big high five to the guys who might be nodding in appreciation by now.
Come back soon enough, for the big post. The one where I TEACH micro expressions to figure out whats going on in your partner's mind. Till then I'll vanish. *Poof*.... *Runs away to watch the IPL.*

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Psychology and Expressions of Relationships!

The second most searched thing on Google worldwide. "How to handle a relationship??" Or other basic non sense to do with relationships.  There's a little quote I read about relationships that went something like this, "Some last ages, some last years, some last months, some weeks, some just a night." Well I can't tell you how to keep a relationship going for as long or as less a time you want to. But I can tell you how to sort of figure what your partner may be thinking or holding back.
The one thing that people do wrong is over think. Everyone does it and everyone knows that they do it and will never stop doing it. A girl may be wondering, "Why is he ignoring me? Is he cheating on me? Do I not look as good as I use to?" while all the guy may be worried about is getting good food for dinner that night or wondering why Dhoni gave the last over to Ashish Nehra against South Africa or something completely random. On the other hand, a guy may be getting protective about his girlfriend even talking to some other guy and start over thinking stuff, while all she's doing is asking him when the exams start or which period to bunk in school.
So that's the psychology part of people attempting to ruin their own lives.
Expressions? Expressions can help a guy/girl to sort of figure whether the other person's lying or is scared or sad in the relationship and can guide people to talk stuff out for the best. And as I read my last sentence over again, I realize that understanding some of my non sense can be tough, but trust me it's harder for me to put that non sense into words which make a tad bit sense. So, for the greater good, I'll be posting soon about the micro expressions in relationships. Till then, lead a happy life, and don't over think stuff to ruin your relationship. Or do whatever you want, my blog isn't something that usually helps. For all you know, I might just be the only one over thinking stuff and telling the whole world about it. Anyways, it gave me a way to pass my boring afternoon. Oh and to end, a big thank you to my friend Chaitanya Dhingra for providing me with idea to write about relationships.

Monday, March 28, 2011

An Apology

This will be a sort of a tiny little post of mine. Targeted to the 1,243 people who have been kind of enough to read my post on the Psychology and Expressions of Cricket - 2. Interestingly the first part got 879 views. Put together, these two posts make up 1/5th of the total views on the 43 pointless posts on my blog. Thank you so much everyone for spending your precious time on my utter non-sense.
The idea of this post is to say a massive sorry to the 1,243 people who read my prediction and were wondering if it would be right or not. And even though most of you who read it wanted India to win, a tiny part of you was hoping that my prediction came out to be true, just so you could show off to the world that you know a genius like me. Well, unfortunately for both of us, that's not going to happen but hey, lets all cheer for the Indians now!
BUT, I still strongly believe that the World Cup is sadly fixed! Especially after Gautam Gambhir trying so hard to get run out against Australia the other day and other tiny little things which I wouldn't want to point out because well, I think I've had enough cricket on my blog to last me till the next world cup.
A little preview for what's coming up, "The psychology and expressions of ..." well let's keep that a suspense, but it might interest you that it's the most searched thing on Google worldwide (after porn obviously), so am sure that most of you WILL be interested.
Wow, that wasn't a short post by any means. I guess we've all got use to it by now. Anyways, cya next post!

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Psychology and Expressions of Cricket -2!

So for those of you who have not read my last post on the psychology and expressions of cricket, do yourself a favor and read it. Because it's my highest read post ever! Boy do people want to believe that cricket is fixed or they just love cricket. Anyhow, for those of you who read my last post will know that I was smart enough to go into weird depths of psychology to predict the semis and my predictions were: India, Pakistan, South Africa and England. For those of you who follow cricket will know that all four teams are not playing each other and have a solid chance of reaching the semis.
What has happened since my last post? Ireland have beaten England, Pakistan have beaten Australia, India have crawled to victory against minnows, had an awesome match against South Africa and a weird one against the West Indies. And if you're thinking any of that isn't fixed, well that's your opinion, this is mine.
So for the Australia Pakistan match, the moment Ricky Ponting looked toward the pavilion (it was just for a second, maybe slightly more) he got out, the very next delivery. And if that's not proof enough, the same thing happened with Clarke. Get the video of the match, see it and believe it!
India vs West Indies. Yuvraj Singh on strike on 101. Taking guard. Raina screams from the other end "Woh peeche se aa ra hai short fine leg pe." For those of you who don't understand hindi, it means "That guys coming from behind to short fine leg." Yuvraj Singh is angry about something and smashes the next ball for six and screams a bit more at Raina. The moment Raina comes on strike he hits the ball straight to fine leg and is out. And I have a feeling Yuvraj said to Raina, something like "Out hone ki....." Then a ball before the powerplay, the camera was on Yuvraj and I'm pretty sure he mouthed the words, "Iss ball pe.. (On this ball)" and the camera was taken off him, was it I have to get out on this ball, or was it I have to hit this ball out of the park? Anything's possible but it looked very suspicious to me, especially Yuvraj's expression wasn't of a a man looking to hit a six or a four.
Is cricket fixed? Is it all coincidence? Well I'd love to believe it is just an awesome world cup, but seems to hard. As last time, these are just my views, no offence is meant to any one or any body of cricket.
And I stick to my prediction: India, England, Pakistan and South Africa.
Final: India vs England and England wins.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

All About Magicians!

This blog post is NOT written by me. Well this part and the usual boring introduction is, but after that it's written by a friend of mine. What it is, is a poem written by Pragya Sidhwani (I hope I spelled that right), who also writes weekly for a magazine whose name I don't remember. The poem is wonderfully written and describes exactly what I, David Blaine, Derren Brown or any other self proclaimed over smart magician does in just 20 lines! So here goes:
A trick of the mind,
a sleight of the hand,
a blink of the eye,
a trifle now grand.
Harmonious happenings,
an eager crowd,
deception is lauded,
awe lies in doubt.
His dexterity is theft-
of mind, of thought,
his skill so riveting,
abashment is sought.
He cuts of heads,
an act else tragic,
but surpasses God
in remission by Magic.
Death too shall come,
it too, he will cheat,
for body may decay,
but fame shan't recede.

So, for those of you who loved it, leave a comment complimenting Pragya's awesome work. And for those of  you who are wondering why I'm getting guest writers on my blog for the last two posts? Well I hardly seem to get any comments or an increase in the number of followers, so why not try this. Or I'm just doing this because my blog does come off as a little to self obsessed and I want to change that. Either way, end of post, you're time here is up. Cya, keep reading and keep non sense real! 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Schizophrenia - A world of their own!

"This blog post is written based on my thoughts, and my idea of making people who are not suffering from this 'disease' make them feel what it is like to have Schizophrenia. No offence is meant to any person, dog, cat or any other animals reading."
So, with the formalities and terrible jokes out of the way, lets get down to the point. So for those of you who are wondering what in the world is Schizophrenia, it's a mental disorder, and the people who suffer from it live in a world of their own. And a friend of mine was beautiful enough to point out that a person who is Schizophrenic develops images in their own heads, they have imaginary friends and surroundings of their own in their heads and live in that. And that's what prompted to me to write this post.
So what is weirdly fascinating about a person who builds a world of his own? Well, for me, it's Hypnosis! Anyone whose hypnotized is living in a world of their own, you can make them hallucinate, build their own surroundings, and do weird things like stick them to the floor or make them laugh at my pathetic attempts on jokes (because you HAVE to be hypnotized if you laugh at them). I recently tried it with a friend of mine, where I attempted at hypnotizing her, and made her believe that she is Schizophrenic, two minutes later she was in the swiss mountains with goats until I reminded her that she wasn't Heidi and made her come back to real world.
Well so much for a disease, it's just a mental state where one's sub-conscious takes over and can be achieved  on any person walking the streets. And as I end another post of mine, I leave you thinking what made you come here. And I dance in joy and thank Priya Singh for providing me with the idea to write about this. Anyone else with more ideas and want me to write about them? Feel free to share them, till then..Lets live in our own worlds and create our own surroundings to enjoy. Ciao!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Psychology and Expressions of Cricket!

So the Cricket World Cup fever is gripping the world, even more so after the wonderful game between India and England. But seeing all these closely contested matches and a series of scores which are in the same range and a heap of wickets falling at the same time during the innings can't stop us from thinking, is cricket fixed? Is it already decided whose going to win and whose going to lose? Is it all a scam for entertainment?
Well the area that interests me is the micro expressions of the players and the simple psychological explanations. Take the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka match for example, it was shown on TV, Kumar Sangakara (might have spelt it wrong) stretching in the dressing room and two minutes later a wicket fell. Then Mahela Jayawardene (might have spelt it wrong again, these names are tongue twisters!) was stretching in the dressing room and hardly a minute later another wicket fell. It looks like too much of a coincidence doesn't it? Or was it a cue for the batsmen in the middle to get out? Well that's just my little take on it.
Coming to the big one, India vs England! It's become common knowledge that the moment Gambhir, Pathan and Ian Bell changed their bats, they got out. Was it a signal from the dressing room to get out or was this another weird coincidence? Also Captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni, no matter how "cool" you may be in tense situations, you can only be smiling before the match finishes if you already know the outcome. With three bowls to spare, Dhoni signaled the not out action the umpires do to someone, he obviously wasn't saying not out, but could very well be signaling "tie." Too much of a coincidence again? 
Coming to the final, what would it be like at the Wankhade stadium if India is in the final and they lose, imagine the carnage and the riots! No wonder there are less tickets being sold.
Also the ICC would really want Pakistan cricket to become normal again, seeing the craze of cricket in the country. So to end this post, I would like to make a little haywire prediction of what could happen in the world cup:
Semis : India, England, Pakistan and South Africa.
Final : India vs England and sadly and English victory even though I support India.
PS: No feelings are harmed intentionally. This could all be wrong. And I seriously discourage betting and fixing in cricket. Also, the matches could not be fixed at all, this is just what I sort of feel about everything.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Derren Brown: The Inspiration

I was 13 and half years old, two years into doing kids magic when I went on to Google and searched mind reading. A guy with a goatee and a British accent came up getting into people's heads and telling them what they're thinking, claiming to use, "Magic, Suggestion, Psychology, Misdirection and Showmanship." And that was it, I got addicted to him like no other magician or illusionist. No David Blaine or Houdini could have an effect Derren Brown did on me. I saw everything he'd ever done over and over and over again, and I still do. Every night before I sleep (not meaning to sound gay), I watch Derren Brown performing. Every morning the first thing I do when I switch on my laptop, I watch Derren Brown. Even when I know how he's doing what he does, I go mad because of the sheer awesomeness of his performance. Sir, if you're kind enough to be reading, you're the greatest inspiration someone into psychological illusions could hope for.
When I saw Derren perform, it changed my approach to magic too. I stopped doing the card and coin "tricks" I used to do like every other magician on the planet and I took up mind reading too. Reading books on lie detection, micro expressions, hypnosis, NLP, subliminal messaging and other complicated blabber which made me what I am today...a reasonably famous guy among my peers and... well hopefully a successful psychological illusionist in the near future.
So as I end a slightly serious and non-magical post of mine, I would like to give a HUGE shout of "Happy Birthday" to Derren Brown, you're the greatest performer to walk god's non green Earth! You definitely know our minds better then we do, may you always be the awesome and hilarious guy I've grown up watching.
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