Sleight of Hand.

Prime Examples of Visual Noise

Posted in What not to do by unseenforces on November 30, 2008

I wanted to talk more about visual noise in magic as mentioned in Lesson #1.  I really want to stress the importance of having less tension and awkward moves just for the sake of the method.  Laymen’s perception of magic usually boils down to a few things.  We are “faster” than the eye and misdirection.  It’s not good if the spectator says “Well you did it while I was looking away.”  Even if they can’t figure out the real method, they will tell you that you are just doing sleight of hand (horrible at that).  What other explanation do they have since all they see is you man-handling the cards.  These are prime examples of having visual noise.  Does it make the effect weaker?  Would people even understand what is going on?  Dai Vernon said it best, “Confusion is not magic.”  Roll Film.  Excuse my language.  This stuff pisses me off.  Please don’t do it.

you are god damn right.  It is fucking confusing.

did you catch his “classic” pass?

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  1. M. said, on November 30, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Haha, the godfather always cracks me up.

    M.

  2. M. said, on November 30, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Oh, and by the way T.
    I think that lovely guy just solved our search on the “perfect pass”.

    …,

    M.

  3. Gary Au said, on November 30, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Christ dude, I was trying to eat.

  4. cleardeception said, on November 30, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I can’t believe people buy his magic.
    YUCK!!!

  5. Michael Feldman said, on November 30, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    And as wonderful as that was, there are so many better examples of the “godfather’s” confusion.

  6. Lucas said, on November 30, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Well look on the bright side…at least he only did about 30 FUCKING REPS OF THAT PASS….

  7. Bernard said, on November 30, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Talk about synchronicity, I came across that pass video just yesterday and immediately thought of your post on visual noise. It’s like his hands are having a seizure…

  8. Kevin said, on December 1, 2008 at 5:51 am

    A few people have been calling that second guy out on his video, and the stuff he’s been saying in reply is hilariously ignorant. Excerpt:

    “Believe me, I’m too advanced for you to be telling me that.
    I know exactly what to use, when to use them, and how to use them when doing magic.”

    Classic Pass? More like Classic FAIL.

    0/5 nunchucks.

    -Kev, The Virts

  9. Gary Au said, on December 1, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Hrm, maybe this goes with visual noise but I’ve been seeing it more and more. When you learn a move like the Classic Pass and it’s variants, and you’re totally new to it, you’re probably more than a little paranoid that you’re flashing like a mother. So even though they have the mechanics down, they start using every bit of cover they read about, and really damn sloppy as well.

    So note to future shifters: At the very beginning, lay off the jiggle pass. The paranoia makes beginners have seizures instead of a controlled, focused, and for the love of god subtle, jiggle. Hell, you may realize at some point you don’t even need it if you give your technique more time.

  10. eric said, on December 2, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I like the “cockroach pass.” Right before you do the pass (classic or hermann), point to the ground behind the spectator and say, “OH MY GOD, a cockroach!!”, when they turn to look, you can do the pass. It works well.

    DO IT

  11. Jonathan said, on December 5, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Who stole Josh rands cards for the pass video ?


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