Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Lavand Method

The purpose of the common lie is to believed. In magic it means, that when you say "Pick a card any card!" the lie might be, that they cannot pick any card, but in order to be believable we have to have to lie indirectly. If we say "each card is different" you won't be believable for you are in the role of a magician. And therefore people expect a lie.

That means that lying has to be a rather indirect process. By showing the deck of cards in a mixed condition, by briefly exposing the palm of the hand to be emtpy, without pointing it out.

But there is a lie that is commonly used, and which pisses me off. Example: "Because you signed the card, it makes it ambitious and therefore it comes to the top." or "The red cards are printed with water based ink and the black card with oil based ink. And water and oil don't mix!"

Those are what I call stupid lies. Nobody believes them, ergo not meeting the purpose of the lie, ergo having no reason to be there at all. Unless that lie is extremly funny, and therefore justifying the stupid lie as mean of entertainment, it serves no purpose if it is not believed. Many magicians seem to miss that point.

Sometimes a stupid card trick is just a stupid card trick and bad magicians makes up stupid lies to justify the stupidity of it. If you need to broaden the significance of what you are doing, I suggest the "Lavand method".

I have seen René Lavand doing this several times. Basically he recites his patter which is much bigger than the trick and does the trick alongside. He never claims that the cards something other than cards, yet he talks about life and death and the stars and the heart.

This is an example how he might do it. This trick is not part of his act as far as I know. Ambitious Card: "Sometimes there are ideas in the world, that are so great and so new that certain conservative forces try to bury that idea before it reaches the top of our consciousness but a great idea will always surface" as you say that, you take the top card and put it in the deck and then reveal it to be back on top. You never claimed that "cards are just like ideas". Or in other words: you used no stupid lie. That is the Lavand method. Use it! It's better than lying.


Rosenkrantz said...

I've watched René Lavand perform live three times, and in two occasions he performed an ACR-ish part. The card jumped to the top a couple of times during a longer routine.

Roland said...

Another thing I learnt, cool. So what patter does he use? Something about an artist or what?