Questions tagged [stage-magic]

Referred to as stage or street magic to distinguish it from paranormal or ritual magic. It is one of the oldest performing arts in the world in which audiences are entertained by staged tricks or illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats using natural means.

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Is it possible to do the things Derren Brown does with just psychology or linguistic suggestion?

Edit2: I'm revising the question again. Please note that I am not talking about card tricks like THIS. I'm talking about specific examples below which are at least portrayed as far more complex, ...
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Does an Erikson handshake induction induce a cataleptic trance?

One element of misdirection used by magician Derren Brown is to apparently place subjects into a catatonic state with the use of flashing lights or physical manipulation of the hands or arms. For ...
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How do Shaolin monks break spears with their neck?

Shaolin monks perform demonstrations of their skills that seem almost superhuman. The one that really has me stumped is breaking a sharpened spear by putting the point in their neck, the other end on ...
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Is stage hypnotism a trick? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are participants in stage hypnosis paid stooges? I ask this after watching a recent Derren Brown (UK stage magician and hypnotist) TV program in which he sets out to ...
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Is Shaolin monk Hu Qiong using “Chi energy” to withstand an electric drill?

In one of the episodes of Stan Lee's Superhumans (the excerpt in question can be viewed here) a Shaolin monk named Hu Qiong claims that by training his body and "transfering Chi to the right part of ...
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Is it reasonable to assume that volunteers in stage-magic shows are aides?

I think anyone who’s seen a magic show has witnessed conversations between the magician and a supposedly-randomly-chosen audience member that goes something like this: Magician: What’s your name? ...