The magician accomplishes his apparently marvellous feats of a super-mental and psychic nature merely by playing on the imagination of the public which attributes such powers to him. The human imagination is such an elastic thing. It adjusts itself to almost any situation. The magician then can work on this imagination. He can answer questions in a broad and general way and let the people carry them out in their own minds to a satisfactory conclusion. Actually, the mind reader gives very little information of importance. What he says is information is really imparted to him by the people themselves or something that covers any case in a general way. The people then interpret this to suit their individual needs.
When you are behind the scenes, everything has a different aspect. You learn that the mind-reading, the slate-writing, the message-reading, and the so-called psychic phenomena are based only on a scientific foundation which is a regular part of your training as a Magician. You see that everything is based on natural law and that you give things their seemingly supernatural power only by the proper clothing with Suggestion, Showmanship, Dramatic Atmosphere, and Patter.
All this you do to bring in the box office receipts and to create a lasting impression of your ability as a performer with the audience. Your supposed psychic power lies only in the imagination of the public. And you use it only for temporary effect and not for illegitimate gain.
In your programs it is wise to maintain a good proportion between physical, mental, and psychic effects. It gives enough variety and interest to keep the audience in your power. The proportion depends on the characteristics and personality of the performer and on the requirements of the occasion.
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