Ron de Weijze wrote:
Which series was this from Ron? Do you have the name so I can go look.
Amazing. However, one by one all these magic tricks are being explained, for example (unrelated)
So I was looking for magnets in the table, pre-selected audience members etc. Cannot explain the number 136 being the average of everybody's guesses though but I am sure there must be a simple out-of-the-box thinking trick behind it. The mind is misled, that is nifty but that is all.
Thats the thing Ron, what he's doing is not 'magic' tricks in the old sense I think, although I do understand this response as he has grouped together all the 'tricks' and he likes his showmanship, but he himself says that what he's trying to show is how language, mind, memory and the 'unconscious' work in human thought and communication and his books explain how he does it. Nothing he does, he says, is not what we do naturally and that all could do what he does. You can get a good understanding of his approach from the ideas of NLP, which again I recomend to any philosopher interested in phil of mind, etc. http://nlpuniversitypress.com/
and Grinder and Bandlers original books, The Structure of Magic I & II.
I seriously recomend that you find and watch as much of his stuff as you can to get a good idea of what he's doing. His trip to America to 'debunk' the psychics and religious converters is very intersting as he shows how he can instantly convert people back to their faith. His 'tricks' where he shows others how to 'read anothers mind' in seconds are amazing. On the whole I find him very ethically sound, especially since with his abilities he could cause much mischief if he wished. Although I think in the past he might have not been so, e.g. if you can find it take a look at the one where he teaches a punter/better at a dog-track to get paid-out on losing tickets, its hysterical and scary how others can influence one with the power of suggestion.