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  #845385 26-Jun-2013 08:44
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Prefer to call them illusionists.
The series on National Geographic at the moment called "Brain Games" is quite instructive on the mechanisms illusionists use.

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  #845499 26-Jun-2013 11:35
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It's all Photoshop !!!


There have been several great movies about magicians...

The Prestige, The Illusionist

And more wacky Corman Poe adaptations - The Raven (1963)

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  #845575 26-Jun-2013 13:26
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All illusionists are twins. Or triplets.

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  #845744 26-Jun-2013 20:14
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It's the "how did they do that" factor that helps spiritual charlatans to pull off all sorts of "supernatural" looking tricks.

As for the big-name illusions... often the truth of the trick is so obvious or mundane, it's just more fun not knowing.
Sometimes I watch Criss Angel on TV and just can't believe people fall for it. If you know what to look for, they're embarrassingly simple.

My favourite stuff is the mental magic that guys like Derren Brown and Banachek do. I know a fair bit about how a lot of their tricks work but they still blow my mind.

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