I have a neighbor and her son is in fifth grade. Lately he’s been practicing these card tricks, these magic tricks, and he’s getting pretty good. He’s got a very good little magician’s pattern going on.
So far most of the tricks he’s been doing are called self-working card tricks. These are the kind of tricks where you can stack the deck in the way that is based on how the trick is done.
When it comes to cart tricks, there’s basically two kinds of card tricks. There’s self-working tricks which rely on a stacked deck, and they’re sleight-of-hand tricks. Most magic is based on sleight-of-hand.
Everything Is Misdirection
On a bigger scale sleight-of-hand is based on misdirection. Misdirection is essentially something that is very very deeply instinctive to our minds.
Sleight-of-hand essentially is when somebody is doing something over here that they want you to focus on but what they’re really doing is happening over here that they don’t want you to focus on. Essentially that’s how most magic is done.
According to a lot of theories in psychology our brains are actually utterly dependent upon misdirection. Just based on a primary statistical biological set of ideas, we have our mind, we have our five senses, our five senses collect information that is happening around us.
The amount of information presented to our conscious mind compared to the amount of information that is hitting our senses is extraordinarily small. It’s about 1% or less than 1% so we have this thing called a pre-conscious processor.
The Tireless Magician
Our pre-conscious processor has the task of filtering all the data that’s hitting us and presenting the relevant data to our conscious mind. The question is how does it know what to misdirect and what to direct.
This is essentially a magician of our brain, the preconscious processor. Its job, its continuous job, is to continuously use misdirection to keep us focused on the stuff that we want to be focused on and to ignore the stuff we don’t want to see.
The question is how does it know what to show us and how does it know what to keep hidden from us. A lot of us have this miss-idea this misunderstanding of our relationship to reality. It’s fundamentally based on a misunderstanding of how her conscious mind operates.
The way most of us believe this happens is we have this conscious mind that is always watching what’s happening. Our conscious mind observes something out in the world.
The Lagging Entity
That our conscious mind makes a decision based on observation. Our conscious mind directs our mind-body system to behave according to how we responded to that information out into the world.
But in reality that’s not what happens. In reality our mind-body system, our unconscious mind-body system is doing the observations and the choosing and the acting.
Our conscious mind is only made aware of what is happening after we start behaving. After starting behavior, after we started to respond to whatever it is out there we are responding to.
What this does is it creates an artificial understanding of cause and effect. We have this backwards notion of cause-and-effect. We have this idea that we believe in the way reality is based on what we see. We believe that our beliefs about reality are an effect and reality itself is a cause.
Perceived Effect Precedes Cause
The truth is that’s the opposite of the way it really is. The truth is that our beliefs are a cause and our reality is an effect. If you can go in and carefully manage all of your different biases, all your cognitive dissonances and switch the polarity of all your individual biases you can switch the polarity on your cause-and-effect understanding.
Once you understand that your beliefs are the cause and reality is the effect you can literally create anything you want. What we see is only 1% of what is out there.
That means 99% without their stuff we’re not seeing and so long as that stuff exists you can shift your beliefs and find it.
If you want to believe that all the girls want to have sex with you you will find evidence that all the girls want to have sex with you. If you want to believe that is easy to make money you will find evidence that it’s easy to make money.
Find What You Believe
If you want to believe that there are many many opportunities for success out there in the world you will find evidence there’s lots of opportunities for success out there.
You can find anything you want. You can create anything you want. You can believe anything you want, but you first have to go through all your individual biases and change the polarity so your cause-and-effect understanding will shift back to the correct settings.
One of my favorite examples of misdirection are these movies about long cons. The con artists, they create an artificial reality around their target and they manage how this artificial reality unfolds. It ends with the con artist getting all the money and the target losing the money.
The target, when they lose all their money, they don’t believe it was the cause of the cons. They believe the cause was something else.
Meta Sleight Of Hand
One of the interest things about my neighbor’s kid is that he’s actually doing a lot of sleight-of-hand, but I don’t think he’s aware of it.
He has about five or six of these self working card tricks and what he’s done is he’s he’s gotten six decks. Each deck for each specific self working trick.
When he does the trick, he’s carefully switching decks. He’s still not very very capable of doing it, and he still has to kind of look at the decks and the decks have markings on them.
But he’s practicing some kind of a meta-sleight-of-hand within what he’s doing all of these different self working tricks. Each self working trick has its own set of patterns and stories that he tells along with the tricks.
This guy’s got about a 20-minute routine set up. When this kid grows up he’s going to be a fantastic performer. I’m sure his mom is very very proud of him.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.