Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Who's to blame?

Gabriel Palacios is a Swiss magician that I got to know by seeing him on the German version of the next Uri Geller. He did some mentalism there. And then he got kicked out very early in the "contest" because he spoke with a fat Swiss accent. So his business plan doesn't seem to work out that well so he does the only logical thing: Becoming a charlatan!

Executive consultant is one of the many things. He also does hypnotic therapies and teaches hypnosis. That in itself is a pretty smart move if you don't wanna end up on magic blogs. As he does no magic anymore.

Well... sort of. he still needs to prove his skills in suggestion and hypnosis. Here is how: He hase someone hold a die and he can tell what number is up. He has a few cards placed in several pockets and knows which  card is where. Sounds pretty traditional to me.

So the president of the Zurich magic club, Luciano Gerosa (check out his awesome website) is pissed off by the young Gabriel. So he goes on to reveal the methods in public, doing a huge disservice to all mentalist, by admitting that certain methods are in play, instead of just replicating the tricks stating that those are just tricks.

I'm wondering who is failing here.

4 comments:

Magnus Asbjorn said...

Can't we blame everybody, the charlatan for charlataning and the exposer for exposing. If we can only blame one guy I say the charlatan because what he did negatively impacts the community more. Charlatans make us all look bad where as exposure really doesn't hurt any one and if you get caught body indexing its cause you couldn't do it smoothly not cause some other guy exposed it.

Marplots said...

I didn't find any exposure at the link, although I was reading a Google translate version, which isn't the best way to read something. Can you explain what you meant by exposure?

Marco Lippolis said...

The girls are obviously stooges: no woman would allow anyone to thouch their hair, not even while hypnotised...

Roland said...

Exposure was there rather indirectly. I won't expose it here, but let me give you a metaphor. If a guy starts levitating stuff, claiming that it is real and then along comes a pissed off magician saying that he used thread and magnets, because all magicians use threads and magnets and you can buy all of that online, then you have indirect exposure.