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Hi All,

Here is a short question but may result in a long debate/discussion (I don't know?).

Do magicians get fooled by their own magic?

From India with regards,

Cheers!! Smile
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Michael Peterson
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For me, the moments when I fool myself are the best. Those times when I'm so into the magic, I forget I'm doing a move & I get startled that the card I just layed down has changed or the amount of cards I count off suddenly changes.

I video tape myself practicing sometimes, some of my moves surprise me & others give me something to work on.

I think if you can get to a point where you don't blink, & the moves look so good that you don't see them, you can fool yourself.

I love magic Smile

Mr. Ed
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My wife says I've been fooling myself for years now. Smile Smile Smile Smile

Sorry I couldn't resist, I'm in that kind of mood
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Not really fooling myself but I love it when the book I'm reading talks about a card (say a freely selected card) and it turns out to be the same card I picked randomly.

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Stephen Long
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Glad that happens to someone else Scott.
Don't you LOVE that?

Something happened to me once, when I was starting out.
I had two spectators and was doing a little stroll-around magic.
I had a card selected and returned to the deck.
As I was controlling it to the top, I lost it somewhere in my false shuffle.
I half heartedly weaved my way out by muttering something like, "actually, let me try this, why don't YOU [talking to spec 2] select a second card?"
So, the second spec did.
Both of them just about fell over.
They had both selected the four of clubs.

That was one occasion where I completely fooled myself.

When I am practicing however, or when I am walking an effect through straight from a book with deck in hand for the first time, I commonly fool myself.

Like Ichazod, I love it when you get the moves down so well, they become automatic.
Then you can enjoy the magic and be fooled by it just as much as your spectators are, making it a better experience for all concerned.

:carrot: Smile
Jeb Sherrill
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I wish I was still fooled by my own magic. It's hard these days. I've finally gotten to that unfortunate point, where a magician could walk up to me and levitate my house, and I'd just stand there going over methods in my head. It doesn't matter anymore that I don't know how it's done, because I know it must be done somehow.

I do hit those rare moments though, usually when I'm really tired. Sometimes my little brother will blow me away with something I taught him and that will make me feel good.

Ichazod, I really do wish I could stop blinking too. It's one of my toughest habits to break. Funny though, it doesn't seem to matter much since I'm aware that I'm blinking. I think I need to join a Magician's Anonymous group.

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Hi All,

As on date we have a good 773 members. Do not stop the thread. Keep it going. We all have something to contribute.

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Pakar Ilusi
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Can't fool myself much these days.

I'm a Mentalist now...

But I read my mind PERFECTLY EVERY TIME! Smile
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Al Angello
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I am a juggler for the blind, I never fool myself, but I always fool the blind people.
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I love when I'm learning a new move and I fool myself with it when I watch it in the mirror.
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I remember doing "Equalizer" by Harry Lorayne straight out of the book, following along with a deck of cards in my hand, and I was 100% sure that there was a typo in the book, or a mistaken or incomplete explanation, or whatever. Absolutely no way in hell the effect could work as described. I could have fallen off my chair when it worked.
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Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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The first trick I ever did was the little colored plastic Cups and Balls. Tom had pre-arranged them and just told me what to do step by step in a shortened routine. I had no idea how the Magic was happening. It remains one of my most Magical memories.

I've seen a lot of Magicians who are only fooling themselves (I have been in that set on occasion).

Magic using The Free Cut Principle and Galbraith Principle can fool me even when I'm doing them.

- Mary Mowder
Happy Hank
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I gave up some kind of child-like innocence when I stopped fooling myself.

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I vanished a card once. I dropped it while practicing, and it was gone. When I played back the video, I watched it sail sideways into a drawer that was open a tiny crack.
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