Fooling Laypeople…

Darwin Ortiz:

If a magician succeeds in figuring out 90% of a trick but can’t figure out the other ten percent he will feel that the trick fooled him; if a layperson succeeds in figuring out ten percent of a trick but can’t figure out the other ninety percent of the trick he will feel that you didn’t fool him.

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One Response to Fooling Laypeople…

  1. Paul Gordon says:

    The trouble with Ortiz’s comment is that it doesn’t take into consideration that the viewing magicians often gloss over the performers entertainment values, whereas a laymen – if being entertained by a good magical entertainer – will most likely “enjoy” the performance in its entirity rather than purely by the “fooling” aspect. In other words, laymen think/act very differently from magicians. Paul Gordon

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