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Chris M

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Ok, odd post maybe. [smile]

But there's some things that make me feel a little bit like I do have some sort of ability/skill others don't have - or would do if I could do them, lol [wink]. And apart from ego, I think this is actually an important element in performing magic - it gives confidence and helps create that intangible aura of mystique; the whole 'tip of the iceberg' thing.

For example, technical excellnce makes me feel good about myself: I feel a little bit less like 'an actor playing the role of a magician' and bit more like 'an ACTUAL magician.' Being able to handle cards well, do some slieghts and decent flourishes, helps me think of myself as someone who actually has these unusual, special skills - a quasi-real magician.

They also help my audience see me in a different way - which for a hobbyist is very useful. Demonstrations of real skill move a little way out of the 'friend who likes magic trick' zone and a bit closer to the 'this guy's good' zone. Nothing can beat prestige, social politeness, and a paying audience of strangers to create the vibe of 'dude who can do crazy stuff', but every little bit helps with casual magic (especially for family and friends who already know you well).

Other things that have the same, or greater, impact are mental power effects: mathemagics or memory feats. The more real and less pseudo the more internal impact they have. Even a relatively simple 20 item memory demo, or doing a Knight's Tour without a crib, or knowing a mem deck - makes me feel a bit like I have super-powers [smile]. If I could do even more real memory or lightning calculation stuff I'd probably get even more big headed, lol.

Cold reading and ideomotor mentalism stuff likewise - not that I've done much of either. But enough to get a little taste of the 'dangerous' power-kick that can come with such stuff [smile]. But yeah, I guess CR is a genuine skill set that makes you feel a bit like you have a superpower.

My point is that there's many things that a magician can work on that will grant them a little bit extra 'oomph' and self-belief, hopefully not so they can just go on an ego-trip, but so that they can more 'realistically' embody the magician archetype, and more convincingly sell themselves as 'the magic man'. And having now recognised this for myself, it's something I want to work on a little bit this upcoming year (2018) - I want to actually be a little bit more super-powered this time next year.

And it might also increase my 'pray I don't get dementia too soon' odds as well. Always a nice bonus [smile]
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 Yes, I agree. Another area that deals with skills is gambling routines. Many if not most of these routines are of a skill display that makes the participant think that if one can do these things with a deck of cards, then they can quit their jobs and get rich in Las Vegas..those type of thoughts surface.

I found out the hard way that it's kinda tough selling a crooked gambling show to local groups & clubs, even doing free shows. People get the wrong impression. Plus I do tarot & palm readings so, why am I doing a cardshark act ? But I practice it about once a week when I do my thing at Starbucks, i think I am a sleight geek, but don't tell that to those who seek me out for readings lol.

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Chris M

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Yes, gambling demos [smile]. If only I could do a perfect push off second, lol. Maybe one day! Doing a great set of false deals , switches and shuffles would make me feel like a superhero - and the more legitimate the better I'd probably feel. Which is odd, since the pseudo gambling stuff is probably more commercial, entertaining, and 'stronger' than watching a guy do seconds. But maybe seeing the seconds is what ads that layer of reality to everything else.

So, since I like lists, we've got:

Gambling moves and demos (cards, dice etc)

Elegant card/prop handling and flourishes

Technical expertise (even if unseen)

True memory work: mega recall; knights tour; day for date; mem deck; speed memorisation

True mathemagics: Lightning calculation; magic squares

Reading

Ideomotor skills: pendulums; muscle reading

And I'll also add a couple more I just thought of: Hidden observational skills (pencil, lip reading etc). And, Juggling/Circus skills.

Would stage hypnotism also count? Do those who do such work feel a bit superpowered, a bit like the real deal?
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While not specifically what you asked, I never feel so super-powered, so magical, or so fulfilled as when I manage to bring a smile, a gasp, or an expression of pure astonishment to the face of a spectator. For in that moment I have given them the gift of wonder. That's magic.

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Cool.

I don't feel very superpowered making people happy, lol [smile]. It's probably because I'm a bad person.

Making people laugh and smile is just an everyday thing that requires no real skill on my part - just tell em a decent joke or act silly in some way. I reckon I make people smile a hundred times a day just in conversation. No, I most feel like the 'magic man' when I combine making them wonder with me also secretly being impressed with myself (I like to feed my ego) [smile]
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