Its Not Magic But

Let me interrupt the reviews for a quick comment. At conventions and lectures, magicians often ask if I have videos for sale. They ask me this because they explain that they can't learn magic from a book. This is said as if the ability to learn from a book is a genetic ability, and of course, it is not. Those who can learn from the printed page have developed this skill the way any skill is developed - through long and patient practice.

If you place yourself in the category of those who can't learn from a book, I have a suggestion: take up origami as a hobby. In order to fold origami models you must be able to read and follow written directions. There is no other way. Many beginners' folds are very simple. They are designed for children. Start there. Learn to associate the written word with the given illustrations. Learn to read slowly and carefully. Learn to compare your folding with the goal of each step. Learn to visualize the results of each step so that you see it clearly in your mind before you attempt it with your hands. Little by little you will find that you can learn from a book, and this will give you the confidence to tackle more difficult projects, including learning tricks from magic books.

As a starting point I would suggest Robert Neale's Origami Plain and Simple (St. Martin's Press) or the newly reprinted and revised Secrets of Origami by Robert Harbin (Dover). The Harbin book is a classic and has been long out-of-print.

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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