Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Buyers Remorse

I don't want to alarm you, but I feel the need to tell you. If you buy Serial by Tom Wright you probably get buyers remorse. The method to this tricks more than bold. The video cuts out a crucial part. A part you need to know. You need to turn you head. You gotta have good eyesight and you gotta use English bills. It will work with Euros too, but the method will be more than transparent.

The video tells you that this is not an opening item, and that you need to establish credit as a mind reader first. That's a nice way of saying that if the audience actually thinks about the method they will know it. And suddenly this trick will turn into a cheap bar bet.

Sorry Tom, you can do better. Right?


Mike said...

I think there is a factor you are missing here and that is that it will work perfectly well on stupid people.

Lets be honest a lot of the demos we see are for effects done for half-wits, to their unqualified amazement.

We perhaps just need to reset our expectations as performers and realise we will never fool people with an ounce of common sense but, as long as we are happy entertaining the local hillbilly type, life can be good.

dfwtheater said...

Thanks for pointing out that the only, _only_ new thing in this presentation, as far as I can tell, is the "subtlety" of having four numbers memorized and having the bill put away before revealing the number.

This method is in print, repeatedly, and as early as Ted Annemann's very well-described method for accomplishing it and having it fly past a spectator. To sell it for whatever amount is a crime -- at best, it's an interesting twist that goes into a magazine. The up side is that people will evidently buy anything -- the older and more published, the better.

Mike is right -- it works well on stupid people -- either as spectators or, it seems as purchasers.

Unknown said...

Wait a minute, if it works well on stupid people does that mean stupid magicians will buy it?