On the NLP newsgroups, it is quite fun to see NLPers discussing Derren Brown's "NLP Techniques" for "mind control" and "influence". I shall leave it to the reader to decide the best explanation that suits him for Derren's miracles.
My interest in magic and illusion began with the observation that so many magicians I encountered seemed to know so much more about the applications of human psychology than most therapists I knew.
In studying magic and mentalism, I was determined not to fall into the classic "I know about magic" ego trap - it is so important to remember that knowing how a trick is done is no great thing at all - being able to convey the illusion is where the skill is truely at. Many of David Blaine's tricks that made him famous have since become common knowledge (mostly thanks to the bootleggers on ebay). Whilst Blaine has gone onto bigger and better things, a new generation of magic has been made accessible to all. But NLPers will do well to study the performance and presentation of the magic rather than focussing on how the trick is done. After all, anyone can buy a TT or ITR but knowing how to use them elegantly is entirely different.
So, soon to be added to this site are some articles suggesting possible applications of some magical techniques and principals to therapeutic orientated Hypnosis and NLP.
The following are a selection of links for anyone interested in the area of magic (without the "K") and mentalism.
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Performers and Shows
Derren Brown - Along with the most excellent Marc Paul, Derren Brown is of the best performers of mentalism I have seen. Don't miss his stage show, brilliant!
Penn and Teller - It wasn't until I saw Penn and Teller that my interest in magic really took off.
David Blaine - Interesting chap who combines traditional and extraordinary feats of endurance with brilliant presentation of simple "street magic."
Paul Daniels - Household name in the UK, one of the true masters in magic.
Simon Alexander - Simon Alexander performs his blend of stunning sleight of hand with subtle psychology across the UK.
Phil Jay close up magician, for all corporate and private events.
Mr Goat - He's a magician and yes, he dresses as a goat. Be afraid, very, very afraid.
Richard's Magic - Richard Waters is a Professional magician and NLPer.
Frederic Sharp - Magic and Metal Bending Shows across the UK and abroad
Magicians Based in The South of England
Adam Keisner is a London based magician, Magic Circle member and Associate member of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star.
Finger Tip Miracles
David Bonsall is a magician based in Fareham, Hampshire. Specialising in Close up magic, David has developed and perfected his own unique style of performance using everyday items, many of which are borrowed from the spectators. A master of sleight of hand and misdirection, watch as you see things you never believed possible happen beneath your very eyes!
David is a Magic Circle member and Associate member of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star
Steve Charrett is a magic circle close-up magician based in Southampton.
Andy Cadabra - Based in Portsmouth, Andy is a popular children's entertainer and magician.
Jones - Close up magician for all types of event.
Ian Marriott - Based in Romsey, Ian is a key member of "The Associated Wizards of The South" and stylish performer of of close up magic and cabaret.
Richard and Penny Barr - Two more key members of "The Associated Wizards of The South." Richard is a great children's magician whilst Penny is famous for her puppet, magic and song show.
Jim Raven - Close up magician Jim Raven also offers personal tuitition in close up magic.
UK Magic - Magic performers directory.
James - Contemporary magician specialising in close-up/table magic
for dinners, balls, parties, weddings and corporate events.
Noel Qualter - Close up Magic in Surrey! Apparently, "whole episodes of "Trisha" have been devoted to people who couldn't let go after witnessing Noel's magic."
Marc Paul is one of the UK's leading mentalists and lecturers on the subject.
Cairns is a Psychological
Entertainer (in other words what used to be known as a mind reader)
who performs all over the UK in an act that is designed to appeal to the intelligence
of sophisticated adult audiences, rather than patronise, fool or embarrass.
Luke Jermay is a writer and performer on mentalism, mind reading and magic.
The Deceptionist. A marvelous magician / mind reader based in London UK
Magic Clubs and Societies
Associated Wizards Of The South - Magic club meeting in Southampton.
The Magic Circle - The magical elite in London.
American Wizard Magic Shop - American Wizard offers the worlds smallest full service magic shops in malls. Leigh Hotz's site includes downloadable product demos and much more.
Alakazam - One of the best magic dealers in the UK. Great service and highly recommended for those hard to find items.
Magic Tricks UK - Looking for something for the beginner or young magician? This excellent site has it all.
Other Magic Resources
Greg Williams has gathered together some great material for mentalists worldwide!
Magic and NLP - Tom Mckay is a NLP trainer, master hypnotist and member of the London Magic Circle. This website explores different ways that NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) can be used in magic and its performance. Contributions to the site are invited.
Magic2K - Neil Trigger's site blending Magick, Myth and Magic. Sign up today!
Chris Wasshuber's Lybrary - Currently with more than 160 ebooks in fields ranging from cards, coins, mentalism and illusions to math, gambling, chapeaugraphy and shadowgraphy. Ebooks can be downloaded or ordered on CDs.
Derren Brown Resources - Richard Shakeshaft's splendid collection of resources on Derren Brown and Mentalism in general.
alt.magic.secrets - Sorry, this isn't the place to ask how a trick is done ("very well" will be your answer) but rather a place to discuss magic on Usenet. You will find some very helpful people here.
alt.magic - General Usenet magic discussion forum.
Talk Magic - Web-based UK chat forum on all things magical.
ReproMagic - Large UK resource site including Magician Club Magazine.
Mentalism Links: Best Links Page for Mentalism around!