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Fooling Kids…Fooling Adults…?

Fooling Kids…Fooling Adults… Who cares?

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OMG… I’vebeen pulled into this conversation. What a waste of my time, Yet… Magicians continue to discuss/debate/argue, whether it is easier to fool adults or children. (BTW, the overwhelming consensus is that children are harder to fool.)

Why is this important? It is not! What is important is understanding of basic critical thinking in children and adults.

Now let’s get this out of the way… Being fooled is not about being made to seem foolish. Every Magician should know this, those who don’t… not my problem or my intent here.

Alright, so…. we will make no one feel foolish. Can we agree that to “fool” will mean to give a positive experience in which they will experience degrees of belief, disbelief, shock and awe? Good! So, for the moment, we agree that “being fooled” is about being entertained by tricks and illusions. 

Children Fooler # 1

If I were to tell a five-year-old that there is a creature that eats children living under their bed… well, this poor kid won’t be sleeping well for at least the near future. (BTW, this is the bad “fool.”) The reason is simple, children have little choice but to believe what an authoritative adult tells them.I’d prefer telling them there is a Santa Claus, but that’s just me.

Adult Fooler # 1

If a so called “medium to the Stars” tells people he/she can talk to their dead relatives… it is sad to say, an amazing amount of adults will buy in. (Bad Fool) Sometimes the belief can be quite costly to one’s pocketbook. Why does this work? This may be an oversimplification, but… who wouldn’t feel some comfort knowing their Mom is doing great, and further than that, she is eager to help you overcome a current obstacle in your life. (Feels good, huh?”)

This fooling stuff is simple… especially when used negatively.

More on Fooling Kids!

Let’s return to some entertainment. It’s hard to count the number of times I have “sawed a sponge ball into two” for five- and six-year-olds. If you’ve done it, you know they will take a single sponge ball and attempt to “saw” it into two, for what seems to be an eternity. This is an easy “good fool”. Not so hard, right?

How about the “See, don’t see” premise. Those less than critical thinkers will scream and scream louder each time you turn around and don’t see the spider on your back. Meanwhile, the adults find this amusing and happy to see their kids are having fun. (Remember, the Adults are not “fooled” here.)

BTW, this may border on making one look “foolish” but it won’t occur to any of them for at least ten years, and you’ll be long gone by then.

Additional note: I heard one “magician’s” explanation why kids are harder to fool… He explains they have good eyesight and also view card tricks from a lower level, therefore they can spot a Double lift. “O.K., I’ll give you a pass on this for one time. If it happens again, shame on you! Make a change.”

More on Adult “Foolers”

Back to the adults. I love the “think of a card” effect. The adult thinks of any card they see in a spread (fanned) deck of cards… the Magician removes one card and places it in his pocket. That’s right, the card in the pocket is the very one the spectator is only thinking of. (“Good fool”) Yup, good fool, because no one has ever asked how I did that, or even ventured a guess how I do this.

In fact, the only group who might “know” how I do this is an alien from who knows where, known as the teenager. OMG! (This is a period where they know everything. How long it lasts varies.)

For the best sources to learn to fool with integrity, I suggest Reading…

Darwin Ortiz’s Strong Magic and Designing Miracles

Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz Designing Miracles by Darwin Ortiz

Joe Ferranti  Close up Strolling Magician Boston Ma.

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