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churken
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I am suprised no one mentioned Docc Hilfords E'Voque. I think his manuscript is magnificent.
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Equivoque is one of those techniques that is easy to do REALLY bad. Many magicians have no idea of the underlying psychology and do a very bad job when using this technique making it obvious to the lay spectator. Those magicians would be better off just pushing the correct object over to the spectator and saying, "Use this one." You must have a logical, non-suspicious reason for getting rid of the wrong selections.
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Two recent works with excellent discussion and subtleties on Equivoque are:

1. Hestor Chadwick "The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick"
2. Joshua Quinn "Paralies"
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Mark Elsdon is a master of this, find his work... it's spread all through it. Wonderfully worded lines which can be adapted to all situations. I gained a lot from it!

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I am with Churken on this. E'Voque by Docc Hilford is simply beautiful. He also performs it and explains it on one of the Monster Mentalism dvd's (although I can't remember which one).

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There are so many people who cannot perform the equivoque right- If you picked something, why would you "eliminate" it? There are many ways to perform equivoque deceptively though. You have to switch around the choosing method every time and have both outcomes of their choices be equally possible. One of the best ways I have seen in a while, and I forget where I read this, but a spectator puts their finger on 2 objects, and then lifts up one of their fingers. I think most mentalists on this forum can figure out where it would go from here... I use equivoque often but it is important that I make sure the selection process if fair- otherwise it can be very obvious. and yes, I agree with the earlier posters that E'voque by Docc is great!

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Equivoque as a magical technique appeared for the first time in Ponsin's "La magie blance dévoilée."

The term is French and -even if Lee Earl has to reimburse his bets based on a wrong Webster claim-: it is pronounced in French "ekivok" (no pronounced W). The word stems from the prefix equi (like equivalent but, in French, the "u" after the "q" is never pronounced as a W).
Equi as a prefix means "equal" (again no pronounced "U" as "W" in French) in the sense of ambiguous. The suffix -voque stems from Vox with the meaning of the verb "to voice" as in "vocal". Once more, in French, the "u" after the "q" is never pronounced.

Hence Equivoque means "to voice something ambiguous or with equal result."
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On 2009-08-10 11:17, drezmagic wrote:
There are so many people who cannot perform the equivoque right- If you picked something, why would you "eliminate" it?

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Joel,

I saw horrible uses of Equivoque made by some people in the trade...

I think that's why "Equivoque" is also known as "Magician's Choice"... Smile

(And for the record, I also state that in my little treatise... Just ask Colin McLeod!) Smile

Hmmm... Now, that was just a thought!
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On 2009-09-21 14:02, Lord Of The Horses wrote:


I think that's why "Equivoque" is also known as "Magician's Choice"... Smile



that put a whole new meaning on the term :
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Paolo is well and truly on to something very worthwhile!

In fact, Paolo, I have something I'd like you to take a look at! ... feels like I'm talking to a doctor here.

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Having been quite properly chastised in another thread for not understanding the thoughts behind this, where can someone horribly guilty of "Magician's Choice" begin to gain a proper understanding of this? Emphasis on "begin" and "proper" - I'm sure there are a lot of foundational thoughts that I didn't get introduced to in Magic For Dummies!

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Alain Bellon "ORBIS ARDENTIS " would be also an interesting source for equivoque.

He says in this one that (I quote) :

" Limiting the use of eqivoque to just forcing one object from three , is nothing but a gross trivialization..." (page 3 Orbis Ardentis)

Eqivoque can be used (as stated by Bellon ) for forcing , reducing selection sets, interpreting an outcome or a situation to our own convenience , etc...
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Absolutely.

Alain is one of the masters in this.

As for the sentence you quote, which itself could be interpreted (isn't Equivoque great?) I tend to agree (albeit not fully).


But, yes, reducing selection sets (which is something you would do anyway IF you started with one or more groups of 30 objects as David Berglas sometimes did) is one straightforward needed skill to perform Equivoque confidently. Interpreting an outcome or stituation to our own convenience again is used in most straightforward Equivoque forcing anyway, especially when you are down to the last objects, if you want to add some finesse to your work...

But I can appreciate here Alain is going for a broader meaning of the term Equivoque (the most common, true dictionary meaning) and thus I can see where this could lead us to.

Alain... If you are here... Please KNOCK TWICE so that we can know of your presence among us!


P.S: Colin, what a powerful piece of mumbo-jumbo you put together! Smile
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I'm surprised that Docc Hilford's excellent "E'Voque" hss not yet ben mentioned on this thread.

Here is another Café link discussing the ptrinciple: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......um=15&47

and, here is an excellent review of Docc's E'Voque by Doug Dyment:

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On 2006-03-14 11:03, ddyment wrote:
David de Leon asked:
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How does this compare to (and/or complement) other works that are sometimes mentioned?

Phi Goldstein’s “Verbal Control”
Jack Dean’s “The Equivoque Choice”
The chapter in the Berglas book
Christian Chelman's approach in “Capricornian Tales”
Stuff by Alain Nu in “Mind Over Matter”
David Eldridge’s “Maximum Mind Control”

It's an evolution of the approach described in the Berglas book, from which it differs in two significant ways. First, Docc has developed a much more "automatic" process, with a script that (once committed to memory) allows one to dispense with most of the "thinking on your feet" aspect, and devote attention to presentation. Second, Docc has given the effect a different focus, which many performers will find to be a more entertaining one.

This latter aspect can be dispensed with, and only the equivoque technique used (which will result in an effect identical to Berglas', but easier to perform). I think that not dispensing with it is the better choice, but it depends on your performing model.


Hope this helps.

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Because we were waiting for you mentioning it, Mike!

We knew it was coming...
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Glad you liked my mumbo jumbo!

Docc Hilford's work is wonderful... nuff said!

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Evoke seems to owe a sizeable debt to Phantini.
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Which publication would you recommend most for someone who is already familiar with the technique itself and wants to study it further?

Samuel Catoe's Illusions of influnce

or

David Eldridge's Maximum Mind Control

I already own, Greg Arces instructions from Deep Thought, as well as a german publication about equivoque.

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Dominik
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No recommendations?
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E'voque is real magic!

Docc's manuscript details a subtlety for when you get down to two items, that's just brilliant ... I was delighted he did NOT tip that on the Monster Mentalism DVDs (the subtlety, that is)

Docc Rocks!

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