I don’t know if anyone of you readers have stumbled across Derren Brown but he’s a fascinating mentalist.
Right now I’m watching his “Inside Your Mind” on Google Video which I cannot embed here at WordPress damn it, so I linked it. It’s sort of on the long side at 1:18:43 but well worth a watch.
I know what he does since I dabbled with hypnotism when I was a young adult. It’s all about trust. The principles Brown uses are the same as those used by con men. And if I wished, I know I could do these things I just choose not to else I’d be an asshole though I’m tempted to use it on a few people in my life.
And it explains why I’m completely resistant to it. I don’t trust people easily. There was one guy that Brown tried to confuse who couldn’t be. That guy doesn’t trust strangers and is more than likely taken by his friends and family as very judgmental which is precisely what I go through.
As for Brown’s card tricks, it’s all just mental prestidigitation, nothing more. He can count the cards easily because he’s practiced, and his object mnemonic method is a way of doing statistical weighting on cards. This explains why he’s banned from most casinos. You can win in casinos but the trick is not to get greedy. Win a bit, then lose a little bit and nobody will be the wiser. But always come out ahead of the game.
Actually I’d consider it fair game since the casinos have most of the odds stacked in their favor so taking back a little isn’t a bad thing.
Now playing: DJ Jazzy Jeff featuring Raheem DeVaughn – My Soul’s Not 4 Sale