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Hi,Mr Banachek.Welcome to the Café.
To perform in front of the scientists,the performing environment must be very controlled by the investigators and scientists.Being a magician and mentalist, how can you control your audiences and the environemnt in this situation?How can you apply misdirection in the strictly controlled environment?
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That was just it, it was not so controlled. And to a point, who can blame them. I mean, hear we are, staring at a piece of wire for hours at a time (sometimes from 8 in the morning to 6 at night and later)

Since they had two cameras on us, one close up and one far away. And since they allowed both of use to work at the same time at the same table and since they allowed us to work with numerous articles at a time there was plenty of room for misdirection.

But if you set a fast set of rules upfront, like the list Randi sent (see article on my web site) we could not have gotten away with half of what we did.

We were once in a strictly controlled environment by a believer who followed Randi's advice to a T. Not because he liked Randi, but because he wanted to prove him wrong. This was for a special in England. Nothing happened. But immediately when the camera went off at the end of the day. A Japanese psychic caused a spoon to bend. This producer had a complete breakdown. He literally had an orgasm (he called it a demonic ejaculation) and ranted and raved about Randi. SO much so I had to spend the night with his female assistant because he kept calling her and she was afraid.

Yep, this stuff if powerful folks.

If the proper controls are met, it is very hard to get away with anything, if at all. But to do so a researcher has to be willing to let go of one's pro-biased or anti-biased opinions on PSI or they will not be able to follow proper scientific procedure.
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