Posts Tagged magic

It’s Been Awhile but We’re Back with Style

I’m wanted for the senseless use of Chipmunk music in three states.

I’m sorry, but no, I cannot explain.

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Sweet, Sweet Magic!

Got a coin? And a sugar packet? To quote the freaky alien abductees on Boobah: “Look what I can do!”

And no, no fancy camera work. You would have seen the same thing if you were here in my office with me live. Except that there’d be sugar all over your hands, rather than all over my desk.

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Cross Training

I’m regularly amazed by how often advice for stage magicians turns out to also make a lot of sense for preachers.

What am I talking about? Well, consider these principles of good magic I have come across:

  • Don’t explain, show.
  • NEVER present until you have rehearsed; rehearse until you can present naturally and without hesitation.
  • Know what you look like to your audience; rehearse in front of a mirror, or better yet, on video.
  • Always respect your audience; don’t “fool” them, delight them!
  • Try as much as possible to think “participants”, not “spectators”.
  • Have a reason and a rationale for what you are doing; don’t just “do tricks”.
  • Don’t do the same trick twice.
  • Magic is more about the effect in the other person’s mind than about the “trick” you are doing on stage.
  • Knowing how to do a sleight is meaningless without a really good presentation.
  • Look where you want them to look, but mostly, look them in the eyes so they will look you in the eyes.
  • Be aware that other magicians will evaluate your work differently than normal people.

With just a little thought, one can see how these rules might apply to the art of preaching, too.

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Is Randomness Real?

Thinking about chaos theory and Divine Providence, and messing around with a deck of cards, I came up with this video:

Many people in this world attribute everything to themselves and to their own prudence, and anything they cannot claim in this way they attribute to chance or coincidence. They do not realize that human prudence is nothing and that “chance” and “coincidence” are empty words.

-Emmanuel Swedenborg, Divine Providence #70.

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More Guitar Pick Magic

A sequel to my first guitar pick post. Cause I’m in a silly mood:

Any questions?

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