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Are These Magicians Real?

We can always keep guessing, but some things we will never get right. Of course, after almost 50 years of video documentation, some audacious stunts are completely exposed and we can never get the magic back. But then again, there are still new talents who seem to surprise even the most cynical hearts. When the new and upcoming magician Dynamo first started to circle the Internet, naturally, everyone was a little skeptical. Pictures and videos flooded many sites, proving that Dynamo didn’t actually levitate and any rational person would seek for logical clues. One artist decided to expose his trick, claiming that he used the same technique as Dynamo for a decade. Still, seeing Dynamo leaning on the top of the double decker bus must have been an amazing sight, judging by the viewers' faces. Cultural shock and awe! Some might’ve even felt jealous because he invented a way to skip the crowded traffic in the middle of the day. And it was exactly that sight that made him famous around the world. We can now say that he used a metal pole, he bribed the bus driver and installed a fake arm. Nevertheless, the magic trick worked. Everyone who walked the capital street near the Houses of Parliament that day will probably always remember the time when their first thought was that miracles do exist.

Dynamo had many of those tricks hidden in his sleeves. He turned the water in a fountain in Ibiza into ice, just by touching the surface with his hands. In LA, he walked on the side of a building while people were gathering around and the only words you could’ve heard were: impossible, crazy, should we call someone and a few censured ones. On his way to Los Angeles, he stopped briefly to play his oldest trick on three bikers. They were looking at him like he was insane when he lined them up, one behind the other and order them to push him as hard as they can. They really did push as hard as they could, but he only swayed back a little bit and that was it. That was the first magic trick he learned from his grandfather. In school, bullies used to pick on him when he was young, so his grandfather taught him a trick to make him heavier. That trick is now known as an anti - gravity stunt. He can also make a deck of cards to seem heavier than they actually are, or give the impression that they’re stuck inside the box. He found a British couple in Las Vegas and told them to rip a couple of postcards, mix them up faced down, and pick two, which turned out to be the matching ones. Then he took the pieces, did his magic with his fingers and abracadabra, the postcard was good as new. Dynamo is also a mentalist. When he glued the postcard with his mind, he told the girl to think of the person she wants to send the postcard to: their name, where they live and the greeting she wants to be on the postcard while he was writing it. He wrote exactly the right name, town, area and greeting the girls was thinking of. Most of his card tricks are fairly old and already exposed, but even so, you can’t really see the deceit while he performs. And that is the thing that distinguishes real magicians from fake ones.

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Could Real Magicians Actually Exist?

Walking on the side of the building could’ve involved wires and an assistant holding him from the top of the building. Freezing the fountain is not really a biblical miracle, because with the help of today’s advanced technology you could freeze or boil anything within seconds. Turning water into wine may have been Jesus thing 2000 years ago but today you don’t have to be a miracle kid to perform those magic wonders. You can buy magic kits that turn not just water into wine, but special cards, coins with holes, metal rings, hats and scarfs with magic powers. What makes a magician great is the time they have spent practicing their miracles. All magicians are actually showmen. They put up a show where every step of their appearance is deliberate. From the moment they say hello, the joke they crack in the middle of their performance, to the part where they seem to have made an error. Their intention is misdirecting your attention and their motto is “a large action covers up a small action”. Every magician actually tells you where to look and what to look for, where to stand and how to assist them. While you innocently think you are helping to get the trick done, or you think you are watching his movements closely to spot the trickery, you are actually playing according to their plan. Copperfield, Siegfried and Roy and even Houdini all performed a trick, where they tell their audience they’re going to throw a ball in the air 5 times. They throw it four times and the fifth time the ball never leaves their hand, but the audience swears they saw the ball vanish in the middle of the air. They’ve already calculated your movements and your thought processing, so you end up surprised at the end of every stunt. Their entire show is essentially influencing the viewer's mind and card tricks are the most liable demonstration for their proficient manipulation. Even when a magician seems to shuffle the cards, he’s actually not shuffling at all. That part of their show is called misdirection. The card deck is in a desired order and the spectator only thinks the magician is shuffling. Several cards of the deck are already positioned to form smaller decks and the performer knows their exact location together with the card the viewer picked. So when he shuffles the cards, he shuffles the positioned cards with the known location and he can do that as many times he wants. And still find the card the viewer chose. This technique is called false shuffle but magicians use many other card manipulations, like false deals, side slips, false cuts, changes and many other techniques. The idea is to lead you to believe they are doing one thing, while they are secretly doing another thing you can’t notice. There are few principles included in their trickery including: the switch (when they exchange one item for another), the ditch (when they hide an object they no longer need), the load (to change the location of the object secretly), the palm (hiding an item in the hand that looks empty) and other secret magician codes.

Mentalists and Their Mind Games

While most stage, street and close-up magicians use old trickery, illusions and well-established gimmicks for their show, mentalists are using the power of their minds. After a popular study made in the US about the micro face expressions, police officers were thought facts mentalists use for years on their audiences. To read a person’s mind, they don’t talk to the saints or the stars, but they rather read the person's reaction, body language and face expressions. Mentalists first look at the person's pupils. Minimal pupils say the person is not really interested in their tricks, while enlarged pupils state the opposite. Next, they fish for clues that are more obvious about your personality. Pet hair, wedding rings, hairstyle and overall appearance are just a few examples of where they may start guessing a particular life setting. Once they guess one thing, their job gets easier. You forget about your body language because the factor of surprise takes over your mind and then your mind become theirs. They might start repeating numbers or letters and they watch your actions and reactions very closely. When they say the letter or number you think about, your face muscles give you away. You may look aside, start blinking, open your mouth, raise or frown your eyebrows, or show some kind of shock signals. You send subconscious messages every time they get something right and the rest of the answers are built on top of that. Mentalists are maybe the most impressive artists among all magicians, because they don’t use any material devices to impress their audience. Because we are all products of our experiences, our experiences are also built on top of our bodies. Mentalists are guided by intuition and logic. You can always tell if someone is working out regularly by their body shape, but you can also guess their profession or temperament. For example, if someone has a job where they has to focus a lot, the muscles above the eyebrows will thicken over time. It can also be a sign that explains how the person reacts to day to day involvements. That makes our facial features the GPS that guide mentalists to get the answers they need. There aren’t many mentalists as there are other types of magicians, because this type of magic requires a lifetime of dedication, research, logical thinking and extraordinary intellect.

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