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  • Brain magic. What's brain magic all about?

  • Brain magic to me indicates that area of magic

  • dealing with psychological and mind reading effects.

  • So unlike traditional magic, it uses the power of words,

  • linguistic deception, non-verbal communication

  • and various other techniques to create the illusion of a sixth sense.

  • Now, I'm going to show you all how easy it is

  • to manipulate the human mind once you know how.

  • And I want everybody downstairs also to join in with me and everybody here.

  • I want everybody to put out your hands like this for me, first of all.

  • OK, clap them together, once.

  • OK, reverse your hands.

  • Now follow my actions exactly.

  • Now about half the audience has their left hand up. Why is that?

  • OK, swap them around, put your right hand up.

  • OK, now, cross your hands over, so your right hand goes over,

  • interlace your fingers like this,

  • then make sure your right thumb is outside your left thumb --

  • that's very important.

  • Yours is the other way around, so swap it around.

  • Excellent, OK. Extend your fingers like this for me.

  • All right. Tap them together once.

  • OK, now, if you did not allow me to deceive your minds,

  • you would all be able to do this.

  • (Laughter)

  • So, now you can see how easy it is

  • for me to manipulate the human mind, once you know how.

  • (Laughter)

  • Now, I remember when I was about 15,

  • I read a copy of Life magazine,

  • which detailed a story about a 75-year-old blind Russian woman

  • who could sense printed letters --

  • there's still people trying to do it here --

  • (Laughter)

  • -- who could sense printed letters and even sense colors, just by touch.

  • And she was completely blind.

  • She could also read the serial numbers on bills

  • when they were placed, face down, on a hard surface.

  • Now, I was fascinated, but at the same time, skeptical.

  • How could somebody read using their fingertips?

  • You know, if you actually think about it,

  • if somebody is totally blind -

  • a guy yesterday did a demonstration in one of the rooms

  • where people had to close their eyes, and they could just hear things.

  • And it's just a really weird thing to try and figure out,

  • how could somebody read using their fingertips?

  • Now earlier on, as part of a TV show that I have coming up on MTV,

  • I attempted to give a similar demonstration

  • of what is now known as second sight.

  • So let's take a look.

  • (Video) Man: There we go.

  • I'll guide you into the car.

  • Kathryn: (Laughter)

  • Man: You're OK, keep on going.

  • Kathryn: How are you?

  • Keith Barry: Kathryn, it's Keith here, I'm going to take you to a secret location, OK?

  • KB: Now, Kathryn, there was no way you could see through that blindfold, at all.

  • Kathryn: OK, but don't say my name like that.

  • KB: No, but you're OK, yes?

  • Kathryn: Yes.

  • KB: There's no way you could have seen through it, agreed?

  • Kathryn: No.

  • KB: OK, I'm just going to take it off, you're OK, you're OK.

  • Do you want to take off the other part of it?

  • Go ahead and take it off, you're OK. We'll just stop for a second.

  • Kathryn: I'm so afraid of what I'm going to see.

  • KB: No, no, you're fine, you're fine, take it off. You're OK, you're safe.

  • Have you ever heard of second sight?

  • Kathryn: No.

  • KB: Second sight is whereby a mind-control expert

  • can see through somebody else's eyes.

  • And I'm going to try that right now.

  • Kathryn: God.

  • KB: Are you ready?

  • Where is it? There's no way ...

  • Kathryn: (Beep)

  • Oh, my God!

  • KB: Shh. Don't say anything,

  • I'm trying to see through your eyes. I can't see.

  • Kathryn: There's a wall, there's a wall.

  • KB: Look at the road, look at the road.

  • Kathryn: OK, OK, OK. Oh, my God!

  • KB: Now, anything coming at all?

  • Kathryn: No, no, no, no.

  • KB: Sure there's not?

  • Kathryn: No, no, I'm just still looking at the road.

  • I'm looking at the road, all the time,

  • I'm not taking my eyes off the road.

  • (Beep)

  • (Beep)

  • (Beep)

  • Oh, my God!

  • KB: Where are we? Where are we?

  • We're going uphill, are we going uphill?

  • Kathryn: Look at the road -- (Beep)

  • Still got that goddamn blindfold on.

  • KB: What?

  • Kathryn: How are you doing this?

  • KB: Just don't break my concentration.

  • KB: We're OK, though?

  • Kathryn: Yes.

  • That's so weird.

  • We're nearly there. Oh, my God!

  • Oh, my God!

  • KB: And I've stopped.

  • Kathryn: That is weird.

  • You're like a freak-ass of nature.

  • That was the most scary thing I've ever done in my life.

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you.

  • By the way, two days ago,

  • we were going to film this

  • down there, at the race course,

  • and we got a guy into a car,

  • and we got a camera man in the back,

  • but halfway through the drive, he told me he had a --

  • I think it was a nine-millimeter or something, stuck to his leg.

  • So I stopped pretty quick, and that was it.

  • So, do you believe it's possible

  • to see through somebody else's eyes?

  • That's the question.

  • Now, most people here would automatically say no. OK,

  • but I want you to realize some facts.

  • I couldn't see through the blindfold.

  • The car was not gimmicked or tricked in any way,

  • the girl -- I'd never met before, all right.

  • So I want you to just think about it for a moment.

  • A lot of people try to come up

  • with a logical solution to what just happened, all right.

  • But because your brains are not trained in the art of deception,

  • the solutions you come up with

  • will 99 percent of the time be way off the mark.

  • This is because magic is all about directing attention.

  • If, for instance, I didn't want you to look at my right hand,

  • well, then, I don't look at it.

  • But if I wanted you to look at my right hand,

  • then I look at it, too, you see.

  • It's very, very simple, once you know how,

  • but very complicated in other ways.

  • Now, I'm going to give you some demonstrations up here, live, right now.

  • I need two people to help me out real quick.

  • Can you come up?

  • And let's see, down at the end, here,

  • can you also come up, real quick?

  • Do you mind?

  • Yes, at the end.

  • OK, give them a round of applause as they come up.

  • You might want to use the stairs, there.

  • (Applause)

  • Now, it's very important for everybody here to realize

  • I haven't set anything up with you guys.

  • You don't know what's about to happen. Is that agreed?

  • OK, would you mind just standing over here for a moment?

  • Your name is?

  • Nicole: Nicole.

  • KB: Nicole, and?

  • (Telephone ringing)

  • KB: OK, oh. Tell them, actually here's the thing,

  • answer it, answer it, answer it.

  • (Laughter)

  • KB: Is it a girl?

  • Man: They've already gone.

  • KB: Oh, they're gone, OK.

  • I'll tell you what, swap over positions.

  • Can you stand over here, this will just make it a little bit easier.

  • OK, that was a pity, I would have told them it was the ace of spades.

  • OK, a little bit closer.

  • (Laughter)

  • A little bit closer.

  • (Laughter)

  • OK, a little bit closer, come over -- they look really nervous up here.

  • Come in a little bit closer.

  • OK, now, do you believe in witchcraft at all?

  • Nicole: No.

  • KB: Voodoo?

  • Nicole: No.

  • KB: Things that go bump in the night?

  • Nicole: No.

  • KB: Besides, who's next, no, OK.

  • I want you to just stand exactly like this for me,

  • pull up your sleeves, if you don't mind.

  • OK, now, I want you to be aware

  • of all the different sensations around you,

  • because we're going to try a voodoo experiment right now.

  • I want you to be aware of the sensations,

  • but don't say anything until I ask you,

  • and don't open your eyes until I ask you.

  • From this point onwards, close your eyes,

  • do not say anything, do not open them,

  • be aware of the sensations.

  • Yes or no, did you feel anything?

  • Nicole: Yes.

  • KB: You did feel that? What did you feel?

  • Nicole: A touch on my back.

  • KB: How many times did you feel it?

  • Nicole: Twice.

  • KB: Twice. OK, extend your left arm out in front of you.

  • Extend your left arm, OK.

  • OK, keep it there.

  • Be aware of the sensations, don't say anything, don't open your eyes, OK.

  • Did you feel anything, there?

  • Nicole: Yes.

  • KB: What did you feel?

  • Nicole: Three --

  • KB: Like a tickling sensation?

  • Nicole: Yes.

  • KB: Can you show us where?

  • OK, excellent. Open your eyes.

  • I never touched you.

  • I just touched his back, and I just touched his arm.

  • A voodoo experiment.

  • (Laughter)

  • Yeah, I walk around nightclubs all night like this.

  • (Laughter)

  • You just take a seat over here for a second.

  • I'm going to use you again, in a moment.

  • And can you take a seat right over here for me, if you don't mind.

  • Sit right here.

  • Man: OK.

  • KB: OK, take a seat. Excellent, OK.

  • Now, what I want you to do is look directly at me, OK,

  • just take a deep breath in through your nose,

  • letting it out through your mouth, and relax.

  • Allow your eyes to close,

  • on five, four, three, two, one --

  • close your eyes right now.

  • OK, now, I'm not hypnotizing you,

  • I'm merely placing you in a heightened state of synchronicity,

  • so our minds are along the same lines.

  • And as you sink and drift and float

  • into this relaxed state of mind,

  • I'm going to take your left hand, and just place it up here.

  • And I want you to hold it there, just for a moment,

  • and I only want you to allow your hand

  • to sink and drift and float back to the tabletop

  • at the same rate and speed

  • as you drift and float into this relaxed state of awareness,

  • and allow it to go all the way down to the tabletop.

  • That's it, all the way down,

  • all the way down, all the way down,

  • and further, and further, and further,

  • and further, and further, and further.

  • Excellent.

  • I want you to allow your hand to stick firmly to the tabletop.

  • OK, now, allow it to stay there.

  • OK, now, in a moment, you'll feel a certain pressure, OK,

  • and I want you to be aware of the pressure.

  • Just be aware of the pressure.

  • And I only want you to allow your hand

  • to float slowly back up from the tabletop as you feel the pressure release,

  • but only when you feel the pressure release.

  • Do you understand? Just answer yes or no.

  • Do you understand?

  • Man: Yes.

  • KB: Hold it right there.

  • OK, and only when you feel the pressure go back,

  • I want you to allow your hand to slowly