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Penn and Teller Demonstrate The Craft of Honest Deception

Magicians  Penn and Teller are very talented entertainers. They are expert at manipulating the  attention and perception of an audience.



I view magic as a parable about politics. I have become familiar with magic so I can understand the methods of manipulation that politicians use to misdirect attention and create deceptive illusions.

the bible explains the genius of the parable:

  I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.  Matthew 13:13

This means that the discerning person who wishes to understand something  that may be confusing or complicated can compare something familiar like magic to something confusing like politics.

Like faith, a sincere desire to understand can enlighten one person to see and the same parable to another, who has no desire to understand, will learn nothing and completely miss reality.

Magicians can manipulate my attention and perception and I am amused and entertained.

Politicians use the same methods to manipulate my attention and perception. 

“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. …” (Edmond Burke)

Therefore, I am always aware that illusions of political theatre may be the result of dishonest deceptive methods.

Because I view magic as a parable about politics every time I watch talented illusionists like ‘Penn and Teller’ I learn a little more about politics.





Tyranny: The Art Of Dishonest Deception:


It is a well known fact, at least among conjurers, That the more intelligent the audience the more readily will they be deceived by conjuring  principles of which they have no knowledge: cause and effect are so rapidly associated that the unexpected denouement catches them off-guard.  (Edwin A. Dawes)

“ It is difficult to mystify children and mental defectives because their general knowledge is limited, and their attention cannot be distracted or misdirected by suggestions of factors they do not understand. Never be ashamed if you are fooled; only your intelligence is proved.” ( 1)(Vincent H. Gaddis)

“Intelligent persons try to explain what they see in terms of their extensive knowledge of causes and effects, and the remarks of the performer assist in confusing them. On the other hand, children, lacking adult knowledge, rely on direct observation. When the performer points his finger at something on the other side of the stage, the adults look in the direction indicated, but the children first look at his finger. The more intelligent a person is, the more he uses his mind instead of his eyes. Thus he fools himself.” (2)

Tyranny Uses Techniques Of Deception

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‘Sleights of Mind’: A Must Read Book

‘Sleights of Mind’ quotes:

“Magic tricks work because humans have a hardwired process of attention and awareness that is hackable.”

“It was painters rather than scientists who first worked out the rules of visual perspective and occlusion, in order to make pigments on a flat canvas seem like a beautiful landscape rich in depth. We realized now that magicians were just a different kind of artist: instead of form and color, they manipulated attention and cognition.”

” The real and the imagined share a physical source in your brain.

we will argue and hopefully convince you, that a surprising proportion of your perceptions are fundamentally illusory.You think you see curvy lines but, when you measure them with a yardstick, the lines are straight. You think you are paying attention, but the pickpocket deftly removes your watch in front of your face. You believe you are aware of your surroundings, but at any given moment your blocking out 95 percent of all that is happening. Magicians use these various perceptual pitfalls and brain processes against you in a form of mental jujitsu. The samurai invented jujitsu as a way to continue fighting if their swords broke in battle. Striking an armored opponent would be futile, so jujitsu is based on the principle of using an attacker’s own energy against him, rather than opposing it. Magicians have a similar MO. Their arts are founded on  the principle of using your  mind’s own intrinsic properties against you. They reveal your brain for the liar that it is.”  – (Sleights of Mind  pg 10)



“The spooky truth is that your brain constructs reality, visual and otherwise. What you see, hear, feel, and think is based on what you expect to see, hear, feel, and think. In turn, your expectations are based on all your prior experiences and memories.”

ebook preview:Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions

Wow! Video Projection Mapping Is So Cool

Via: Wikipedia

Projection Mapping, also known as Video Mapping, is a projection technology used to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into a display surface for video projection. These objects may be complex industrial landscapes, such as buildings. By using specialized software, a two or three dimensional object is spatially mapped on the virtual program which mimics the real environment it is to be projected on. This way, the computer knows exactly where to project its information as it can bend and highlight any shape or form. Almost any surface can be used to ‘become a dynamic video display of 2D and 3D images that can transform what is reality for the audience into illusions and images of infinite possibilities’.[1] Using this information, the software can interact with a projector to fit any desired image onto the surface of that object.[2] This technique is used by artists and advertisers alike who can add extra dimensions, optical illusions, and notions of movement onto previously static objects. The video is commonly combined with, or triggered by, audio to create an audio-visual narrative.

3D Mapping for TV Advertisement / Making of from Media Apparat on Vimeo.

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Example: Tell A Story With Projection Mapping 

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Government Requires ‘Marty The Magician’ To Submit A ‘Disaster Plan’ For His Rabbit

‘Marty the Magician’  or Marty Hayne relates his experience:

“I wasn’t aware as a magician, with one rabbit, I needed a license.”

” I was actually busted during a performance at a library, for children… Back in 2005…. All of a sudden, an inspector threw a badge in my face and demanded to see my license.”

“I knew nothing about needing a license. It involves several hoops to jump through. A $40 license fee. A $60 vet. bill every year. Surprise inspections of my home whenever they want to inspect my rabbit.”

“I get inspected every year. They check temperature of the house, size of the cage, cleanliness of the food. “

” I did fail my first inspection. Unfortunately, my rabbit travel cage did not have 2 stickers on it saying ‘live animals’ with an arrow pointing up.  And I inquired why I needed arrows pointing up and she replied, “So you’ll know how to carry the cage.” ( the cage was steel mesh so you could see through it. You could see the rabbit  and which side is the top and bottom of the cage) 

“And I told the inspector that most people would carry the cage by the handle. She wasn’t amused… And then latter, she pointed to a section in the rule book that says: “verbally abusing the inspector is one year in jail and a $1000 fine.”

“Last week, they added a whole new layer on. The written ‘Comprehensive Disaster Plan’ for one rabbit.”

“Looking at the requirements they want, ( A nationally recognized emergency expert, who has written such reports, offered to write the report for him), she is looking at a plan about 60 pages long, to cover my one rabbit.”

“I am not going to let the government stand in my way of cheering up a little kid…”

Via: Washington Post by David A. Fahrenthold

Watch him pull a USDA- mandated rabbit disaster plan out of his hat

In OZARK, Mo. — This summer, Marty the Magician got a letter from the U.S. government. It began with six ominous words: “Dear Members of Our Regulated Community . . .”

Washington had questions about his rabbit. Again.

Marty Hahne, 54, does magic shows for kids in southern Missouri. For his big finale, he pulls a rabbit out of a hat. Or out of a picnic basket. Or out of a tiny library, if he’s doing his routine about reading being magical.

To do that, Hahne has an official U.S. government license. Not for the magic. For the rabbit.

The Agriculture Department requires it, citing a decades-old law that was intended to regulate zoos and circuses. Today, the USDA also uses it to regulate much smaller “animal exhibitors,” even the humble one-bunny magician.

That was what the letter was about. The government had a new rule. To keep his rabbit license, Hahne needed to write a rabbit disaster plan.

“Fire. Flood. Tornado. Air conditioning going out. Ice storm. Power failures,” Hahne said, listing a few of the calamities for which he needed a plan to save the rabbit.

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