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Discovering Subtexts: As with every other aspect of magical sentation, when analyzing subtext it is vital that you listen to what laymen say to you. Unfortunately, many magicians find themselves puzzled by many laymen comments and dismiss them without thought. They will jokingly repeat these comments to other magicians with the condescending air of a parent quoting his child's latest cute statement. Their attitude is one of, "Those goofy laymen; what will they come up with next?"

Remember, laymen comments often convey more than the spectator himself realizes. The effect of a trick is what happens in the audience's mind and those comments tell you what is going on in the audience's mind. I've often had people come up to me after a show and say, "You're actually keeping track of all fifty-two cards all the time during the whole show aren't you?" (Naturally, I always answer, "Yes.") That is the subtext of the "Nine-Card Location" as well as of many of the other effects I feature in my performances. Little wonder the trick has such a powerful impact. The implications are quite frightening.

The Inherent Meaningffulness Of Magic

After all this talk about the importance of substantive meaning, it T ®"rp"se y°u to 'earn that I don't believe it's essential for an we'll u 8ubstantive meaning (or situational meaning, which 'nherentlv dl8cu!sin*> to be powerful. The fact is that magic is oven 80motveamngful- If y0U do so™thing that is truly impossible. ™ttung as trivial as levitating a toothpick, it has tremendous

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