Originally posted by Jeff Eline:
For Voodoo, don't you have to use equivoque to have the proper hand 'chosen'?
I suppose it would be stronger that way, but that's not the way I learned it. I just ask them whether they're right handed, and whatever they say, I say, "Then put that hand [the right one] away." With the ni-Van, I used a translator.
I do Voodoo with borrowed lipstick, since California restaurants, clubs, and other institutions where magic is performed are pretty much nonsmoking environments.
I don't do Voodoo much, because I've never been able to get away with it 100% of the time. I do it only when there are certain conditions, including a sense that the volunteer doesn't quite have a strong sense of her own body, and is kind of floating through her life. Those people tend not to notice when you tag them.
The advantage of this trick is that it sends chills up their spine when you get away with it. They swear you never touched them. One variation of this trick that works a bit more often is Coin Under the Watch. But there weren't that many watches in tribal Vanuatu.