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Advice for beginning mentalists: Don’t think about it so much

Mentalism is as much about the patter—what you say and how you respond—as it is about the act itself. For beginning mentalists, it’s easy to get tripped up when your subject starts to ask questions like “if you’re reading my mind, why did you have me write the word down in the first place?” To […]

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Moment of Silence: Fool your friends with nothing but an iPhone

Magic tricks with technology are a curiously difficult genre—not in reference to the physical skill required to perform them, but the decision-making process in material selection. Technology is inherently magical and depending on an audience’s understanding of its abilities and limitations, presentations can be diminished to simple tech toys. There is a fine line, and […]

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The secret to this trick is simple…and kind of brilliant

Here’s the thing about magicians: they lie. From the moment they step out on stage until the last round of applause ends, they are lying to you. You, intelligent member of the audience that you are, know this, but what you might overlook are the many different ways they’re lying to you. As this video […]

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Coin magic for the social magician

Alexander the Great claimed that his quartermasters were generally grumpy people because, as anyone who studies military history knows, you win by logistics rather than by strategy. They were possibly perturbed by the fact that Alex made sure they were the first ones executed if a campaign turned sour. I know I mention Curtis Kam’s […]

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