Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Believing The Make Believe

When I started learning magic, I learnt that one of the most important things you have to do is to get the audience to believe something that is not there.

"A magician is an actor playing the role of a magician" - Robert Houdin.

So getting people to believe something that is not there, is a trademark of a good magician. That's why I admire magicians like David Blaine because they have such exceptional ability making peopl something that is not there. Well, here's a story for everyone to read.

The Golfer, His Wife and a Genie

A husband took his wife to play her first round of golf..... Nervous, the wife promptly hacked her first shot right through the window of the largest house adjacent to the course.

The husband cringed, "I warned you to be careful! Now we'll have to go up there, find the owner, apologize and see how much your lousy drive is going to cost us."

So the couple walked up to the house and knocked on the door.

A warm voice said, "Come on in."

When they opened the door they saw the damage that was done: glass was all over the place, and a broken antique lamp was lying on its side near the broken window.

A man reclining on the couch asked, "Are you the people that broke my window?"

"Uh...yeah, sir. We're sure sorry about that," the husband replied.

"Oh, no apology is necessary. Actually I want to thank you. You see, I'm a genie, and I've been trapped in that lamp for a thousand years. Now that you've released me, I'm allowed to grant three wishes. I'll give you each one wish, but if you don't mind, I'll keep the last one for myself."

"Wow, that's great!" the husband said. He pondered a moment and blurted out, "I'd like a million dollars a year for the rest of my life."

"No problem," said the genie. "You've got it, it's the least I can do. And I'll guarantee you a long, healthy life! And now you, young lady, what do you want?" the genie asked.

"I'd like to own a gorgeous home complete with servants in every country in the world," she said.

"Consider it done," the genie said. "And your homes will always be safe from fire, burglary and natural disasters!"

"And now," the couple asked in unison, what's your wish, genie?"

"Well, since I've been trapped in that lamp and haven't been with a woman in more than a thousand years, my wish is to have sex with your wife."

The husband looked at his wife and said, "Gee, honey, you know we both now have a fortune, and all those houses. What do you think?"

She mulled it over for a few moments and said, "You know, you're right. Considering our good fortune, I guess I wouldn't mind, but what about you, honey?"

"You know I love you sweetheart," said the husband. I'd do the same for you!"

So the genie and the woman went upstairs where they spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying each other.

After about three hours of non-stop sex, the genie rolled over and looked directly into her eyes and asked, "How old are you and your husband?"

"Why, we're both 35," she responded breathlessly.

" No kidding," he said, "Thirty-five years old and both of you still believe in genies?"

Dang. That couple got "PWNED". In other words they got totally owned by the guy's trick.

Although this is an example of using that ability for bad purposes, it's also an example of this ability at it's best. Simply because they believed the guy so much that he got them to do whatever he wanted.

Well, if you're saying that magic is all about tricks and tricking people, you're only half right because magic is all about entertaining people. It's only when you use it like this guy, then you become a con man.

But I just had to post up that story because it was so funny.


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