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Re: ::scr hacking in life
Chris Devers <cdevers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> On Wed, 6 Feb 2002, Piers Cawley wrote:
>> It's also, at some level, how magic works. The barefaced lie (with
>> supporting 'cues') is a remarkably powerful tool.
> I'm pretty sure that Penn & Teller see themselves as professional liars
> first, professional magicians second :). Watch them perform, or read one
> of their books, and they give it all away & still make it fun. Basically
> there seem to be two kinds of magic tricks, for cards anyway, but I think
> more generally too: one where the trick is set up for you ("pick a card,
> any card") and the magician, by great mental & physical effort, figures
> out what you picked. The other type -- the one P&T specialize in, and most
> of you probably do too in one way or another -- is to have it all be a
> setup in advance ("pick a card, any card [as long as it's the three of
> clubs]"). After that, it's all just theatre... :)
Um... there's more than just pick a card any card. There's
transposition effects, mentalist effects, all sorts of stuff. The
'Twisting the Aces' thing I mentioned for instance is *not* a pick a
card trick. Nor is 'Out of this World', and those two are possibly the
two most influential card tricks of the last century.
And for a lot of tricks that P&T do, you pick the 3 of clubs because
it's funnier that way, not because they *have* to force the card. The
tricks that they *show* you how to do often depend on the force
If you want to know more about card tricks and sleight of hand
technique, I cannot reccommend 'Card College' by Roberto Giobbi highly
enough. It's a very fine set of four books (not cheap) that cover the
waterfront on card technique, explaining with fantastic clarity, good
illustrations and high quality typography. Small Press books can be
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a language in
possession of a rich syntax must be in need of a rewrite."
-- Jane Austen?