Oh Ho Ho Its Magic

I have a confession to make…

I love magic… 

I know…

Sounds nerdy, but hey, it is what it is!

One of the things I love most about magic is that it is actually a way to teach skepticism to people regardless of their age or background.  Because I mean, hey…who does not like a good magic trick!

When a magician (or mentalist) performs a trick, the skeptic is able to see the trick for what it really is…a trick.  The skeptic, while impressed, views the magician’s performance as a problem that requires a solution.  The skeptic knows that a magician, and their props, are subject to the same laws of physics as you or I, and consequently that every trick in a magician’s repertoire has a logical/rational explanation.    

The uninformed however may think that the magician has some sort of “power”.  Sounds silly, but if you ever get a chance talk to a magician, ask them if anyone has ever accused them of having “powers”.  Chances are, especially if they are a mentalist, it has happened at least once.        

Anyway…

Take a look at this video.  Watch the video for the first 45 seconds and then pause it.  Try and figure out how this trick is done.  Then, watch the rest of the video to find out how the trick is done.

Chances are when you saw the trick you did not think to yourself, “wow it must be some sort of paranormal force field moving the ball across the table like that”.  You may have guessed that there were strings or maybe even magnets involved.  However you most likely came up with some sort of reasonable guess regarding how this trick was done. 

So what should you take from all of this…

Whether you know it or not, you have some skeptical blood pumping through those blood vessels of yours! 

This has been the skeptical samurai

Working to serve…

Through the process of inquiry…

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2 Responses to “Oh Ho Ho Its Magic”

  1. Liking the blogs. Keep them up. I hate it when people don’t question anything they see and hear.

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