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Monday Mailbag #63

I do know you might have higher issues to do, however I noticed a subliminal message in Ellusionist’s Royal Highway to Mentalism Quantity 2 trailer at across the 2:06 mark it reveals the phrase BUY in white letters. —DJ

Okay, right here’s the second you’re speaking about:

Now, look, I wish to bust Ellusionist’s balls as a lot as anybody, however I discover it onerous to get too labored up about this for a couple of causes:

  1. It hardly appears subliminal to me. It’s fast, however apparent.

  2. In the event that they wished to place a subliminal message of their video, wouldn’t they accomplish that throughout the a part of the video folks watched? Not the closing emblem that nobody is listening to.

  3. I can perceive why folks may be involved if a movie show flashes “Purchase Coke” in the midst of a film. However a “subliminal” message that claims “Purchase”… in an advert for the product itself? I already know they need me to purchase the product. That’s why they made this advert.

  4. Even when this message was “subliminal” there’s just about zero proof within the scientific literature that this type of factor even works. So I’m not too involved.

In reality, simply to be secure, I rapidly watched all 23 copies of this obtain that I purchased to see if there have been another hidden messages, and I didn’t discover something actually.

It’s been over a decade since I’ve performed card video games with associates, nevertheless it’s one thing I’ve at all times loved doing. Just lately some associates and I made a decision to get collectively to play poker and I’m internet hosting, which suggests there could possibly be loads of alternatives and Hooks to get right into a magic trick.

I’m inquisitive about your experiences taking part in card video games and performing magic. Nearly everybody I’ll be taking part in with has seen me carry out some magic earlier than, so I’ve already been getting the good-natured teasing about taking part in playing cards towards a magician. It’s a pleasant sport, so I’m not anxious about being accused of dishonest or something, however I used to be questioning how usually this comes up with you while you play playing cards. Do you might have any methods of deflecting and even taking part in into that vibe when taking part in playing cards? —DW

I take pleasure in collaborating in a sport night time every so often, however I haven’t been a part of an everyday poker night time shortly, so I don’t have too many concepts for this specific circumstance.

Usually, I’ve by no means thought it was a good suggestion to do one thing too much like the sport you’re taking part in. If Im at a poker sport, I’m not going to do a poker trick. Or perhaps a playing trick, actually. Doing a trick thats like, “That is how I cheat at poker,” is a bizarre factor to do while you’re gathered collectively for a poker night time, for my part. I’m certain some magicians would say that’s the excellent time to do. However for me it feels awkward. So I would do a card trick, however it could be unrelated to playing. Or I would do a trick that’s within the format of a fast sport, nevertheless it wouldn’t be a card sport. That’s the place my head is at.

There’s a simple method to set Hooks while you’re performing in a card sport that you simply host. Simply put one thing that shouldn’t be there within the deck; an odd-backed card, or a card with one thing drawn on the again or no matter. Now, the playing cards are taken out and shuffled and this oddity is noticed. “Ah, sorry, that shouldn’t be in there. It’s okay. The deck is full.” You set the oddity apart. Then later, throughout a break, you choose up the oddity and say to somebody close by, “Wish to see one thing fascinating?” And now they’re going to get the reply as to why this blue card was within the pink deck, or why this card with the arrow on the again was within the deck, and so on. It’s an intriguing callback second.

Right here’s a sport night time trick that I’ve performed up to now. (It really works finest for a bunch you don’t play card video games with frequently.) At first of the night time, somebody aside from me opens up one of many card packing containers and dumps out the deck. Nevertheless it’s not a standard deck of playing cards. It’s a deck of playing cards that’s only one stable block. All of the playing cards are caught collectively. And there are folks’s names written on this block.

“Ah, sorry,” I say. “My dangerous.” I take this bizarre object again and set it apart, whereas I seize one other deck.

We use this new deck all through the night time.

On the finish of the night, I supply to point out them a trick. It’s a brief formidable card routine. And on the finish the deck—the one we’ve been utilizing all night time—solidifies into one single block of playing cards. Which I then have everybody signal and I preserve as a memento of the night.

So, that is only a method of doing Paul Harris’ Strong Deception.

Now, simply to be clear, the block that's eliminated in the beginning shouldn't be purported to be the identical block of playing cards that seems on the finish. This isn’t some type of time-travel impact or one thing. The aim of the block in the beginning is to plant a seed of, “What's that factor?” Then on the finish, lengthy after the primary block has been forgotten, they get the reply. “Ah! So the deck magically turns into one unit and he has everybody write their title on it as a memento of the night. That’s what we noticed earlier tonight too.”

You don’t must have the primary block as a part of the presentation. You can, after all, simply carry out Strong Deception on the finish of the night time. However I like the thought of bringing it full circle and making it really feel like, “Oh, I see. That is one thing he does on nights he desires to recollect. This can be a night time he desires to recollect.”


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