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Topic: What is the Name of the Trick where David Blaine Takes His Heart Out from His Chest ?
Message: Posted by: Liyao (Jan 10, 2003 10:39AM)
What is this trick called and where can I find this trick...?
Message: Posted by: Scott Xavier (Jan 11, 2003 03:40AM)
Unique? [It may be unique to him.]
Message: Posted by: Liyao (Jan 11, 2003 09:04AM)
Hi Zodiac,

Is the trick named "Unique" or the trick is unique?

Thanks for replying....
Message: Posted by: thiago (Jan 11, 2003 01:44PM)
This is not a marketed effect: this is Blaines's trick.

But what do you want from it at all.. take your heart out in the middle of the show?
Message: Posted by: Liyao (Jan 12, 2003 08:11AM)
No, this is not the main idea...As I am always fascinated with bizarre things and I collect information on this stuff...

It's just for my additional knowledge to my magic...hope someone out there will help..

Message: Posted by: Missing_Link (Jan 12, 2003 09:50AM)
It's a variation on the "psychic surgery" theme.

Message: Posted by: Liyao (Jan 12, 2003 09:57AM)
Where can I find more on psychic surgery ?

Thanks ML
Message: Posted by: Vincenzo (Jan 12, 2003 11:07AM)
Phychic surgery is not really an effect, but is a con that "phychic surgeons" use. They claim they can perform surgery on you, without high tech equipment. All they use is their bare hands and some cotton balls, to clean the area where they will be inserting their hands. The main "move" is just curling your fingers in, so it creates the illusion of penetration.
You can find a very detailed discription of how to do this effect at http://www.ultimatemagic.com
Just search for phychic surgery.

Good luck,
Message: Posted by: thiago (Jan 12, 2003 02:40PM)
About phychic surgery, you'd also like to check Randi's book FlimFlam! or his web site
Message: Posted by: Vincenzo (Jan 12, 2003 05:04PM)
I think they exposed this on tv a while back, along with crop circles, and psychics who steal people's money.
Message: Posted by: Liyao (Jan 12, 2003 05:18PM)
Thanks a lot guys for the all above information...
Message: Posted by: the Sponge (Jan 12, 2003 11:22PM)
The information is good. However, if you watch again you should see Blaine used other methods....

Message: Posted by: Kondini (Jan 19, 2003 06:22AM)
I think the name of the trick must be called Stupid, anyone who thinks the public will believe such a con must be stupid.
Message: Posted by: Scott Xavier (Jan 20, 2003 03:02AM)
Kondini, WOW! Do you really think people would believe this, NO! Its an illusion, he's a magician, it was a stunningly artistic salute to magic.
Message: Posted by: Kondini (Jan 20, 2003 01:56PM)
Slap my legs I thought this section was Believe it or not,,,,,,,,Well I don't !
Message: Posted by: Pekka (Jan 21, 2003 11:05AM)
Come on Kondini! Go to the sceptic message board, we all know it was a trick.

But the audience in the show started screaming, fainting, running away etc.
I think that was an awsome stunt.
Message: Posted by: Kondini (Jan 21, 2003 01:30PM)
My audiences scream and faint (When I drop my trousers)Point I was trying to make between the lines was that. I was doing a gig for the British Ring at the Wintergarden`s theatre in Malvern, act name of Martial Magic, the general theme being Martial art style stunts performed by magical means.

Comments after the show proved that the real stunts (Block breaking etc)performed the genuine way were accepted and appreciated,,,the climax to the performance being a demonstration of driving a large spike with a single blow using my head!!! Performed with magic gimms,,,,it looked great in rehearsal,,,but just toooooooo much for the punters to swallow. I leave you to judge for yourself,as Ken Brooke used to say, plausible miracles. Get the drift.

Still I suppose it's horses for courses, all I know is what works for me, and OTT is out unless you wanna listen to the sniggers.
Message: Posted by: Pekka (Jan 22, 2003 04:03AM)
Yes, I can now see your point.

I think we (magicians) make a one big mistake when we discuss stuff in these message boards. We talk about effects and methods etc. But we forget that there are different kinds of spectators.

Kondini is absolutely right. If performed to a magician do not try to make the Blaine trick. In fact, avoid anything Blaine has done, most of the tricks are too well known.

However, when performed to a lay audience (there are several kind of these too) one can quite easily mix real and fake effects. I use nail in the nose and needle thru arm. As I show them very clearly that the nail is in my nose and if they want to they can pull it out, they don't even suspect anything when I put the needle thru my arm.
Message: Posted by: Tim Taylor (Feb 10, 2003 12:28AM)
Truly you didn't think this was a marketed effect. This is a stunt any kid could pull off with stuff just from the kitchen. But give Blaine his due. I thought, God I can't belive he's doing this but going to work the next day everybody was talking about it and some were wondering if he was okay. This due mainly I think because of the acting abilities of Carson Daily limited as they may be.