To the Spectator

This is the easiest possibility for us to handle. When doing a trick it is possible that one can inadvertendy expose the method. This can happen in various ways. For instance, one might bungle the method: The palmed card is exposed in the hand, the spectators see the coin fly up the sleeve, etc. The other possibility is that the method isn't actually seen, but it is "telegraphed" by one's actions. The audience might not see the card palmed, but they detect some nervousness on the performer's part, some unnatural movement, whatever, which tells them that something underhanded is going on.

In either case, the performer is, directly or indirectly, telling the audience that some deception is afoot. In such a situation, the spectators may or may not fully understand the correct method involved, but they certainly know that something was going on. This, for most people, is enough to conclude they are seeing through the trick, and I agree with them. They do know for certain that some trickery has been practiced, and consequently what has been done is certainly not real magic. They have caught the magician deceiving them, and that is more than enough.

The solution to this situation is obvious. We should practice more, to make our physical technique perfect, and we should analyze the effect, the psychological build-up, the management of attention, everything, until we no longer bungle or telegraph the method. The crux of the matter is that we should not tell the audience how the effect is done.

Once our work is perfected to eliminate any clues, obvious or subtle, to how the effect is accomplished, you will notice that most often, people won't come up with solutions. However, there are still other possibilities.

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