Originally posted by andy:
Regarding the routining of "Watch and Wear," it's such a good product and so direct -- that --in my opinion -- you have to make it "not so good" -- not that perfect. You have to miss -- maybe get the hour but not the exact minute. And, again in my view -- admittedly not after a lot of reflection -- but in my view, you'd have to camouflage it. For instance, I wouldn't say, "Name any time. I'll set my watch to a certain time...so forth" -- and then reveal the predicted time. As good as it is, you need to bury it for it to be truly effective. As much as I hate to mix it up with a center tear or impression or anything like that...maybe it would complement Ban.'s Psych time. More thoughts later. thanks
I often make a slight mistake with W & W in order to make it more believable. If you miss by 2 or 3 minutes, that's great. Strangely enough, missing by five minutes or more isn't as strong, and I don't know why.
I think what you're running into, however, is the power of mentalism in general. It's so strong that it rivets people. It makes people want you to either declare it real like John Edward or reveal the method. So you're right, it sometimes does make them want to look at the watch.
That's why you should follow it with some other mentalism effect. Any good mentalism effect will do. Here's a good transition:
"Now, that was the power of the mind at work," you say. "This also uses the power of the mind, but in a different way...."
It steers them away from the watch. And even if they start examining the watch, just keep it fastened on your wrist and keep it level. Even if they pull out the stem, it won't move unless it's vertical.
Lately, I've been using it as a test of other people's mindpower, not mine. You're in a group of five, perhaps, and say:
"Some people have special powers of the mind and don't know it. For example, I'm going to send some information to you. We'll make it pure information--numbers. Words have too many emotional associations with them, but numbers are pure information.
"I'll set a time on my watch...there. Okay, just tell me the first time that comes into your mind."
They name a time. If it's close, you can wait it out. If it's not, don't commit yourself as to whether they're right or wrong; that leaves your options open, so you can eventually go for that person's time or another's.
When stalling, you might, for example, ask for exact minutes, if they've named something like 6 o'clock. Once again, you don't commit on whether they got it right or wrong.
Turn to the next person.
"Okay, what's the first time that comes into your mind?" you say.
They name a time, and all the time, you're waiting, waiting, waiting, for the hands to go around the clock to the exact time. Hey, you have five people in all who can name times! And the more people there are, the more chance you have to run into somebody who will take it upon themselves to stall, further benefiting you.
This stalling is a jazz kinda thing. When you finally get a named time that is close to where the watch's hands are, you say:
"Well, you got the closest. As you can see, you were only a couple minutes off. You must have a very, very strong intuitive power. Let's try a tougher challenge with you...."
And then you're off on another trick, steering the audience away from the mechanism of W & W....