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Old 09-27-2014, 07:43 AM
 
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Sleight of hand, misdirection, etc. It's a show, a performance.

Many of them have "assistants" who appear to be a regular audience member or a passerby.

Source: I have a friend who is a magician.
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Old 09-27-2014, 06:26 PM
 
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It's called cold reading. It is a skill, when done right, but it is a "trick".
What's cold reading?
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Old 09-27-2014, 06:27 PM
 
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Not in all tricks but some there is usually an audience member that is actually part of the trick. They are planted there and randomly picked for a reading. Most so called psychics use this method.
A lot of these reading are done to celebrities, like Tyra Banks, Harrison Ford, etc. who are genuinely shocked.
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Old 09-27-2014, 06:35 PM
 
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What's cold reading?

Cold reading - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It's a common technique, and one I know for sure could easily be done on me. I am not a poker face. Penn and Teller have demonstrated it very well.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vHS0dZl3OU
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Old 09-27-2014, 08:16 PM
 
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I am talking about telling someone to think of a number between 1 and 100, and guessing it right on ONE try.
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Old 09-27-2014, 09:12 PM
 
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I am talking about telling someone to think of a number between 1 and 100, and guessing it right on ONE try.
Do you mean like "Think of a number from 1-100."

Guy thinks.

"42."

Guy says "AMAZING!"

OR do you mean "think of a number from 1-100"

Guy thinks.

"I'm seeing a room, and in this room is a series of toys....." yada yada yada yada....goes on and on and on and comes up with 42.

Guy says :"AMAZING!"

In this case, the cold reader is watching the reactions of the person as he hones in on the answer. It's a skill that can be taught -- and yeah, seeing it done well is pretty amazing. But it's not magical....

Frankly, even in the first one, you can implant a number in his brain so you're pretty sure he's thinking that.
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Old 09-27-2014, 10:56 PM
 
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I am talking about telling someone to think of a number between 1 and 100, and guessing it right on ONE try.
It's always a trick with magicians. Always. period. There are no forces. Reading minds is not possible. The dead are gone and cannot be spoken to. There are no UFOs from other civilizations. There are no unexplained cattle mutilations.

Magicians and psychics and card readers - it's all entertainment and fun. Nothing more.
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Old 09-28-2014, 12:56 AM
 
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I am talking about telling someone to think of a number between 1 and 100, and guessing it right on ONE try.
You've obviously made up your mind to believe in entertainers who don't care whether you do or not as long as you pay the ticket price. Have at it, and enjoy!
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:23 AM
 
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I am talking about the magician ask a person to think of a number between 1 and 100.

No more talking other than the person responding with an "ok."

The magician look into the eyes of the person for 5 second and said "43"

The person is shocked beyond belief.

Something similar to this:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnldNVZt3N8
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:39 AM
 
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Like something like this:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90pCmpx3Z98

and this:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKZFlbWstCk
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