Creating False Correlations

I've repeatedly spoken of removing any possible cause in an effect to achieve the illusion of impossibility. Keep in mind, however, that we are not truly trying to eliminate all possible causes. We're only trying to eliminate all possible causes within the laws of nature. Our ultimate goal is to compel the conclusion that the cause of the effect is magic.

Although the audience is never going to believe that's the case, we want them to feel that it is. In a multi-phase routine, this means encouraging the audience to feel that each phase is achieved by the same method and that this method lies outside the laws of nature. We can psychologically reinforce this causal theory by providing a false correlation.

In a multi-phase effect, the broad effect should remain the same in each phase. There is no reason, however, that procedures musr remain the same. Indeed, since we're trying to make the conditions more stringent each time, it's natural that the procedures will vary from phase to phase. There is, however, one element that should not vary: the supernatural cause. And the outward manifestation of that supernatural cause is the magic gesture.

I've talked earlier of the value of the magic gesture. The concept gains particular power in multi-phase effects. If you incorporate a consistent magic gesture into every phase, you turn to your advantage the spectator's

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