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Someone on these forums posted, "You your self must believe the magic is real and act as if it is and convey that to your audience first, because if you do, then THEY WILL BELIEVE it is real also.", I approached this situation I am about to tell you about with that in mind. I was at our family's Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, but before I say the rest I must tell you this... My nephew is the MOST SKEPTICAL teenager in the world, his parent and I made him that way. For years we all told him magic wasn't real and that it was fake, that was BEFORE I started learning it this year. Because of this skeptisism he could figure out any trick, any illusion, simply because most magicians weren't very good at them.

So as I said, I was at my family's Thanksgiving dinner when I walked over to my VERY SKEPTICAL nephew and sat down beside him. I pulled out a deck of cards and just started talking to him, about school, about his friends, about girls, about anything and everything, never really drawing attention to the deck of cards in my hand. I say to him, "Hey I want to try something with you". He responds back in a very skeptical but quizitive voice, "Ok.". I proceed to have him pick any card from the deck, I put it back in the deck, let him shuffle it, I do a little mysterious movements of waving my hands over the deck and then say, "Check the deck for your card, it is gone now." He gives me th, "Yeah, Right, look" and takes the teck and searches it completely, not once, not twice, but three different times. His card really is gone from the deck. He looks up at me now with the, "What the heck" look of amazement and dumbfoundment on his face. I say to him,"Shuffle the cards again", he shuffles them again. I reach for the deck and he hands it to me as I say, "Now watch", I slowly, mysteriously wave my hands across the cards and slowly turn over the top card, it is his chosen card. My nephew jumps up screaming and shouting in amazement and dumbfoundment saying, You always said magic wasn't real, but that WAS REAL. THAT WAS REAL!!!". I stand up at him, smile ever so slightly and walk away, leaving him there NOW BELIEVING that MAGIC IS REAL.

I have now taken a skeptical teenager who just moments before ABSOLUTELY KNEW 100% that magic was not real, but because of how I acted, how I thought, how I presented myself, I have now convinced and made a believer out of this skeptical teenager that without a doubt on every level that magic IS 100% REAL and that I, his uncle, can perfom it at a moment's notice. I must say, it has brought a smile to my face.
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A wonderful illustration that we are really what we internally believe and not what we externally claim.
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