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audience's subconscious and the performer's subconscious to create an apparent reality
for the audience. Note this carefully. We are creating reality for the audience. It is not
acting, theater, mime, or some concept of believing. For example, in theater when
someone shoots someone during a performance, the audience reacts as if it actually
happened. However, the audience does not call a doctor or call the police. In the reality
presented in this book, if the scene required someone to be killed, the audience would
call a doctor and possibly the police. You see, the reality created here is reality in the
eyes and minds of the audience. In the theater version of reality, the cops aren't called.
Part of the thrust of this book focuses on virtual magic. The book introduces clown
magic, theater magic, and virtual magic. The presentation of virtual magic is not to
degrade clown or theater magic but to identify each enabling the performer to use the
power of each in its place.
Work on this book began about 1965. Since then several additions extended the
material. The book presented is the most recent incarnation.
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