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Old 07-28-2009, 08:01 PM   #21
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I'm telling you, if something epic doesn't come from that, I'll be sorely disappointed.
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:04 PM   #22
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How did you get into that field, zoopop?
well... I was a smartass kid who always felt the need to know EVERYTHING. and one day I had my ass handed to me by a magician who showed me that there was more out there that I didnt know about. So of course, I started to learn magic just to understand it. Eventually I matured and fell in love with the art. I got some books about it but never took it anywhere. Then about 9 years ago, I was bored and picked up one of the old books I bought and I just took it from there. I have always loved it though.
... and I guess thats it?
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Zooropop, can you please explain hypnotism to me? I literally do not get it. How can someone speaking send another into a different wake state, or whatever you'd call it? I just don't get it! Always been curious and fascinated, though sceptical, sorry.


I've always liked watching a good magician or illusionist at work. My brain loves the challenge of trying to work out how. Once, I was on one of those rather trite dinner/show nights on a boat on the harbour and the magician dude walking around tried to do small little things with as many people as possible. I was tickled to be one. His trick was to get a deck of cards laid out, have me pick one by sight without saying the card it was, and he swooped the deck back up, shuffled them and then PULLED THE CARD I HAD THOUGHT OF OUT OF THE DECK!!! I just don't get how that happened. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN, ZOOROPOP? I NEED TO KNOW!!!
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:18 PM   #24
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Zooropop, can you please explain hypnotism to me? I literally do not get it. How can someone speaking send another into a different wake state, or whatever you'd call it? I just don't get it! Always been curious and fascinated, though sceptical, sorry.


I've always liked watching a good magician or illusionist at work. My brain loves the challenge of trying to work out how. Once, I was on one of those rather trite dinner/show nights on a boat on the harbour and the magician dude walking around tried to do small little things with as many people as possible. I was tickled to be one. His trick was to get a deck of cards laid out, have me pick one by sight without saying the card it was, and he swooped the deck back up, shuffled them and then PULLED THE CARD I HAD THOUGHT OF OUT OF THE DECK!!! I just don't get how that happened. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN, ZOOROPOP? I NEED TO KNOW!!!
Its not about HOW it happened, it is about how you felt when it happened.
Astonishment is our natural state of mind. All magic does is bring us back to our natural state of mind. I can think of hundreds of methods for pulling a thought of card out of a deck, but I think its better that I leave you amazed.

and about hypnotism:

I am about to reveal exactly how and why hypnosis works. if you ever want to be hypnotized, I would advise you not to read this...

 

ok, hypnotism only works because YOU think its going to work. All it is is simply relaxing the spectator. Basically the way you feel when you are meditating or daydreaming is exactly what being hypnotized is. It brings down your defenses and makes you more vulnerable to suggestion. Because you think it is going to work, you trick yourself into believing that you are actually "hypnotized"... Hypnosis only works because you believe hypnosis will work. It is simply our natural human suggestibility. Under hypnosis you will not do things that you wouldn't normally ever do, but you are more willing to do things that are "embarrassing" simply because you are in "meditation".

People who go to hypnosis to quit smoking, may actually quit because they are so sure that the hypnotist is real, and that the hypnosis will work, that they convince themselves that they do not need a cigarette. The human mind truly is fascinating. and I get to explore aspects of human nature like this every time I perform mentalism.

There! now no one here can ever be hypnotized because you know how hypnosis works.
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:03 AM   #25
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I just spent the past hour or so watching Derren Brown videos on Youtube. Very interesting stuff. Would you say that someone's voice is important to the success of these 'illusions'? Because I found his voice very soothing, and just wanted to keep listening to it.


Also, since you said you practise predicting future events, will U2 fans ever stop bitching about setlists? Thanks!
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Also, since you said you practise predicting future events, will U2 fans ever stop bitching about setlists? Thanks!
You already know the answer to this, BoMac.
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I just spent the past hour or so watching Derren Brown videos on Youtube. Very interesting stuff. Would you say that someone's voice is important to the success of these 'illusions'? Because I found his voice very soothing, and just wanted to keep listening to it.


Also, since you said you practise predicting future events, will U2 fans ever stop bitching about setlists? Thanks!
I do think he practices using a soothing voice simply for hypnosis. It is his natural voice though. Not only that but he has an unconscious twitch which makes his head move rapidly and subtly up and down (you can barely notice it) but this actually is a motion commonly attributed to saying "yes", as seen in this smiley here: This almost also suggests his spectators to say "yes" or agree with him because of the unconscious head motion.

His voice, however, is not as soothing though when he is energetic in front of a huge live crowd. You might not know it from some of the videos you saw, but he is freaking hilarious. Ill link up some videos from his live show. This video should play the whole over 1 hour show that it is on the youtube playlist. If you have an hour to kill, Id watch it. Very funny, entertaining, and amazing.

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

Click "Play All Videos" in the right hand corner after you click the link above to watch the whole show.
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:43 AM   #28
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Laz doesn't do magic. He makes whore jokes about my mother.
i dont think you couldve worded that any better
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some terrific magic here:

Watch this whole next video... just when you think its over... its just begininng!



and this one is cool too:

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Oh holy shit wow at that first one . I'll watch the second one later, but, that was very much a "how the fuck" one .
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yea Cyril is great! and the japanese reactions are priceless. The little boxes with the faces from the studio just makes me crack up... here are some more great stuff from him:



and an Incredible card routine:




Notice that I havent put up anything from Criss Angel. For those who dont already know, he is not a real magician and the laughing stock of the magic world. He has no skill and has an ego bigger than anyone. Plus, he uses camera tricks and paid actors for almost all his tricks. Dont believe what you see him do on TV.
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Old 08-01-2009, 03:31 PM   #32
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... hmm I guess magic and mentalism is not popular on interference
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:21 PM   #33
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Hmm thought that this thread would be about a different kind of magic...
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I like magic and what not Cool to see this thread here and great videos. I've always wanted to do magic but never got around to it. I love David Cooperfield since I was a kid, I remember this one show he did with this haunted house I believe it was and it grabed him and everything, scared the hell out of me I remember screaming then he was gone then showed up in the audience or something like.
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ooo I remember the haunted house act I was talking about it is the Barclay House. Now that Im older Im not as scared and love it since Im huge into the paranormal, I like everything that is unusual, magic, illusions, the paranormal, anything out of the unusual.

Is there anyway you can show us any of your tricks? like on video or not? if not its fine. I'm just interested

Gosh its been awhile since I have talked about magic thanks for resparking that interest for me
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I dont have any current videos posted of me online, but I will look around for that

I think this is what you are looking for:



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Yes that was it! I also just got done watching one when a building collapses and he is in a safe and what not.

Been watching alot of magic videos thanks to you lol, sparked my interest back
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Been watching alot of magic videos thanks to you lol, sparked my interest back
Glad to hear that!

and thank you Lance for that video of The Professor! Great stuff!

(For those who do not know, Dai Vernon, or "The Professor" as magicians call him is the father of modern slieght of hand and card magic. He pretty much revolutionized magic. He died in 1992 but is still considered one of the most influential magicians of all time)
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