Matthew Holtzclaw and Prakash Puru perform a magic trick that misdirects Adam Nichols. Shot on location at Peels, New York.
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Magic & Misdirection
Magicians use misdirection as a form of deception; the attention of an audience focuses on one thing, in order to distract its attention from another. This technique may be as simple as the magician rolling up their sleeves and saying, "nothing up my sleeves," only to make something appear that could never have been up those empty sleeves. The audience, drawn to scrutinize the magician's arms, is distracted away from the actual location where the object is really hidden. It is a basic play on the natural inclination of an audience member to pay attention to only one thing at a time.
The "spoon trick" that Prakash performs in this video was developed by Uri Geller (b. 1946). Geller is an Israeli-born magician living in England who has created a four-decade-long career out of mystifying tricks that he claims are due to his own psychic prowess.
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