The Cancellation Principle

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"The audience's awareness and degree of perceptiveness can definitely be controlled by the attititude of the performer and proper routining."

You may think this is a strong statement to make, but as a professional hypnotist I can assure you that this statement is true. As a magician or mentalist. you should be able to control the ability of your spectators to figure out effects and create in their minds the perfect illusion of an impossible happening.

How does this apply to blindfold work? Let me explain.

Let's assume you are blindfolded and ready to begin a series of close-up card effects. Suppose you open with a stacked deck effect where the only key to the working is that you glimpse the bottom card of the deck. You can then work in a very clean way with your eyes closed.

Perhaps you now perform an effect where the blindfold is only incidental such as Annemann's Par-Optic Vision — an effect where the blindfold isn't even a necessity and doesn't have to be faked, but adds greatly to the effectiveness of the routine.

Now you perform an effect where the blindfold is the essential method. The spectators have seen you work very cleanly before so they won't suspect the blindfold is an integral part of the method and you should be able to get away with most anything within reason. I would make this part of the routine the longest, but then would end with an effect where the blindfold is again only a minor part of the method.

Spectator's recollections are not the most accurate and soon they will be crediting you with something you didn't do. but perhaps wish you could have!

I call this the "Cancellation Principle". If you cancel out the true solution from your spectator's minds from the beginning of the routine, they will have no solution to your effects and be truly baffled.

The idea is used in a blindfold routine when you first do something you shouldn't be able to do even if you could see. This concept is at work when you turn you-r back to a spectator as you accomplish the effect. The rational thought is, "What good would a trick blindfold be when his back is turned'.'" Jeff Busby. Paul Fox. and Faucett Ross discuss these ideas in depth elsewhere in this book with some very helpful suggestions on routining.

The principle is also at work when you accidentally bump into a table or if you "miss" the table when putting something on it. If you convince the audience that you really cannot see. then later you can be very bold and not have to worry about the suspicion.

This may seem like common sense, but recall how many times you've seen a magician don a blindfold and immediately do something that tells the spectators he can see!

A final tip. This has been said before in many books on the use of faked blindfolds, but it's worth saying again: Keep your eyes closed when you really don't have to see! When you're using the/lpe.v Stainless Steel Blindfold this translates more specifically to: Keep the blindfold down tightly on your nose when you don't have to see!

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