Chapter Four Temporal Distance

"The audience doesn't see the coin, the rabbit, or the girl vanish because they ctually disappear either before or after the magician pretends to conjure them 'into thin dir. The audience is watching most carefully at the wrong ti?ne."

The Great Merlini, Off the Face of the Earth by Clayton Rawson

The fundamental tension in creating strong magic effects is the strug-|e between proximity and distance. The method, because it must obey the laws of nature, requires proximity. Hie effect, because it must appear to defy the laws of nature, requires distance. Fortunately, there are a variety of techniques that, applied creatively, can reconcile these opposing demands. Lee's begin by considering how to build a temporal wall between method and effect.

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