FLIBBERTY-GIBBERTY 1 by Jon Racherbaumer

FLIBBERTY-GIBBERTY 1 by Jon Racherbaumer

Conjuring Arts is very proud to have Jon Racherbaumer writing an exclusive periodical for us. FLIBBERTY-GIBBERTY will appear from time to time and at Jon’s whim. F IS FOR “FAKE” AND “FUTILE” Magicians are in a unique position to be cavalier about fakers and frauds who are not transparent about what they do. Unlike magicians who are unambiguous liars and deceivers, fakers are hidden deceivers; they are unethical and deserve to be exposed. This is also why magicians tend to admire debunkers who expose fakers and show the consequences of irrational behavior and bogus belief systems. Speaking of forthright practitioners of deception (as entertainment), I always admired David Hoy, who usually began his night-club act by saying, “My name his Dave Hoy and I’m a fake!” (Hoy, as many old-timers will remember, was a showman who managed to exploit the public’s willingness to believe (anything) in various venues, guises, and personalities. And, yes, it’s true. Most human beings tend to interpret what they personally experience regardless of what you might confess (as a disclaimer) or through purposeful omission fail to disclose. When I was a university student I played what turned out to be a cruel joke on my roommate, who often saw me perform magic tricks at different times. One night he asked the stereotypical question every magician hears: “How do you do that stuff?” Rather than giving him a stock response, I made a preposterous claim. With a straight face and a serious tone of voice I said, “To tell you the truth, Fred, I’m not from here!” His initial response was to scoff. Nevertheless, I persisted. I remained gravely...

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