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What is this wizardry?

I'm curious how a particular flavour of magic trick is done. A participant who seems unlikely to be a stooge (eg a noted celebrity) is invited to draw or think of something, from an almost unlimited set of options, and the mentalist successfully picks what they've come up with. Here's an example. Here's Derren Brown doing even more impressive versions of the trick with David Frost and Iain M Banks.. The "it's just advanced psychology" explanation is misdirection, so what's the real answer?
posted by dontjumplarry on Apr 28, 2014 - 19 answers

Short Focal Toy Story

How come short focal length makes supposedly real things look like tiny toys? [more inside]
posted by moody cow on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Home Physics Filter: Does squeezing the bottle of a carbonated beverage help keep it from going flat?

Does squeezing the bottle of a carbonated beverage help keep it from going flat? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Nov 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Can you help me think of creepy clown tricks?

Can you help me think of creepy clown tricks? [more inside]
posted by snapplepop on Oct 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me give out the best treats this Halloween!

Halloween treats to delight all ages! What would your child want to get from trick or treating? [more inside]
posted by loquat on Oct 5, 2012 - 40 answers

Los Angeles Life Hacks

I'd like some every day hacks for life in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 26, 2012 - 59 answers

Internet activity videos - DO try this at home!

Remember the Diet Coke and Mentos video? I'm looking for similar examples of internet memes that members of the public could, in theory, learn to replicate at home. Stuff like cup stacking; make-up tutorials; Double Dream Hands; or opening a beer with your arm. It mustn't be anything that requires special powers (eg double-jointedness) or special props - just household objects. Suggestions?
posted by skylar on Jan 25, 2012 - 15 answers

I forgot the name of this skate trick.

Help me identify this skateboard trick whose name has escaped me. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Dec 21, 2011 - 13 answers

how do I make this popular retro car look more retro?

2012 Beetle-filter - I just got one and I'm looking for ways to make it MORE retro looking. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 5, 2011 - 10 answers

How did your parents make Santa real for you?

How did your parents make Santa Claus real for you? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Nov 21, 2011 - 53 answers

Nifty theatrical ghost effect. Howdtheydoit?

How did they do this theatrical effect I saw? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on May 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me figure out this card trick

Help me figure out this trick from some drunk guy at the taqueria. He asked me to pick a number from 1 to 4. He had a stack of handwritten cards with him, and he took one out and put it on the table in front of me. He asked me to say what number it was, and I answered 3. He flipped the card over, and there was a handwritten 3 on it!! It was just the one card, I didn't see multiple layers where he could have hidden the other options. He did this again with another person, successfully. How did he do this? What am I missing here? Was he just lucky?
posted by Xere on Apr 7, 2011 - 19 answers

Cheap Flights!

Help me understand airline bookings - when and why they vary the price. [more inside]
posted by BigCalm on Apr 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Levitating Magic Trick

How does a magician levitate a person? [more inside]
posted by boby on Nov 27, 2010 - 6 answers

kitty won't stand up for treats - problem?

Are most cats willing to stand up on their back legs for treats they love, if they're also willing to "sit up"? If this one doesn't, is that grounds to worry about his joints? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 25, 2010 - 28 answers

Bam. One hit, one kill.

How do I drive in a nail with a single blow? [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Mar 16, 2010 - 31 answers

I can see the light! Wait, no. Wait, yes. Wait, what?!

Why are my eyes messing with me?! Why do I see something that's not there? Or why don't I see something that is there? Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft on Jan 19, 2010 - 9 answers

What was this psychic's trick?

What was this Indian street psychic's trick? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jan 1, 2010 - 12 answers

Why does this trick with my arm work?

Why does this trick work? Turn your palm face up. To turn your palm face down you must twist your wrist, right? But if you do six simple moves you can turn your palm face down without twisting your wrist. The trick appears at the beginning of this talk by Lennart Green but can also be done backwards.
posted by twoleftfeet on Oct 31, 2009 - 24 answers

Can I make Chrome appear Firefoxy?

I like to watch a lot of streaming video especially for sports games. I usually use the Google Chrome browser. But some sites' media players say they only work with Firefox or IE and won't even give me the chance of trying it out in Chrome. Is there a way to trick the sites into thinking Chrome is really one of the approved browsers? Or is there really some fundamental difference that makes the players break in Chrome? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jul 5, 2009 - 2 answers

Charge a really dead battery, even if it damages the battery.

How can I recharge my nearly-completely-drained car battery so that it will work long enough to drive it to get crushed? I'm hoping to avoid buying a brand new battery just to have it crushed. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jun 8, 2009 - 30 answers

How did he do it?

Almost ten years ago, I saw a "mentalist" perform a trick on the spot after a show. I've never been able to figure out how he did it. Magic aficionados - how might one make a small object move without touching it? [more inside]
posted by theantikitty on Dec 29, 2008 - 19 answers

What was the most memorable Halloween treat you ever received when going door to door as a kid?

What was the most memorable Halloween treat you ever received when going door to door as a kid? Looking for creative or unique things to give out during Halloween. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon on Oct 22, 2008 - 59 answers

"Guess what?" "What?" "THAT'S what!"

When I was a kid (in the early 70s), this baffling "riddle" was all the rage in the schoolyard: A: "Guess what?" B: "What?" A: "THAT'S what!" I thought this was a quirky but of Southern Indiana nonsense, but my wife -- who hails from Alabama -- also remembers it from her youth. What does it mean? What's its origin? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 9, 2008 - 53 answers

Retool this dog trick

I need a wittier command for the dog trick "lick your chops," and the only alternative I can think of is "wipe your nose." Obviously I need your help! [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on Aug 23, 2008 - 16 answers

Everyone's personality is the same!

Help me find a video I saw a couple of months ago: It's a clip of a foreign tv show where the host asks a bunch of random people to write their names, and afterwards he gives them each a private envelope that describes the that individual's personality. Everyone says that their envelope is amazingly accurate. In the end, he asks each person to switch envelopes with one another, and they all see that the same thing is written in every envelope. [more inside]
posted by carpyful on Jun 13, 2008 - 10 answers

What mystical powers do four kids have?

You know the playground trick whereby four of you can "levitate" a fifth person using just your fingertips (you first hold your hands over his head and count to 20)? How does that work, then?
posted by bonaldi on Nov 21, 2007 - 20 answers

'Wow' sound on bass - what's it called?

What's it called when a bass guitarist goes all the way up, then down, then up the fret on one string? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on May 16, 2007 - 14 answers

How do I trick me into doing what I want me to do?

how do I make myself take more pictures? I post daily to my blog using my digital camera, problem is I want to motivate myself to use my 35mm camera. [more inside]
posted by henryis on Jan 15, 2007 - 29 answers

Female Asian quick change artist...?

Quick change artist identification... [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 11, 2006 - 3 answers

Needle through arm magic trick?

How did actor/magician Harry Anderson's "Needle Through the Arm" magic trick work? [more inside]
posted by jca on Jul 11, 2006 - 7 answers

Teach me magic?

Teach me a card trick. Inspired by a recent post on card tricks, I'd like to learn a simple but reasonably impressive trick with which to pester children at family gatherings etc. [more inside]
posted by bystander on May 15, 2006 - 17 answers

How is this lame math trick possible?

I know this is lame, but how is this lame math trick possible? [more inside]
posted by JPowers on May 6, 2006 - 5 answers

Dollar bill levitation

How is this small object levitation magic trick done? [more inside]
posted by underwater on Apr 10, 2006 - 10 answers

Help, My Dad Married a Magician!

How can my step-mom tell if a standard issue Bicylce playing card is a face card or not by looking at only the back of the card? [more inside]
posted by TheAnswer on Dec 11, 2005 - 37 answers

How is this magic trick done?

How is this magic trick done? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Nov 4, 2005 - 22 answers

DailyShowFilter: Last night, Vitto Mortensen pulled reptiles from his coffee cup.

DailyShowFilter: Last night, Vitto Mortensen pulled reptiles from his coffee cup... [more inside]
posted by LordSludge on Sep 28, 2005 - 29 answers

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