Originally posted by rnaviaux:
I'm very curious about an idea I had and if anyone has done this: After the routine very slowly unscrew the wand (I have one that screws together) as everyone watches.
I think in a way this solves the too perfect theory. The only way the ring could of gotten off is if the wand did come apart ine the middle yet there is no way that could of happened.
IMHO, by doing this you are giving the audience a (to them) feasible explanation of how the trick is done. ANY explanation in the minds of an audience is right - to them - and blows the mystery away.
Frankly, when the "Too Perfect" theory was proposed by Rick Johnsson, I quailed at the idea.
The ONLY place, IMHO, the too perfect theory should hold any water is in mentalism, where error is presupposed by the audience - notice how John Edwards and Van Praaugh (the worse of the two, IMO) always miss something.
Aren't we here to entertain and fool the daylights out of the audience? The "Too Perfect" theory flies in the face of that by subliminally offering the audience an 'out.'
Personally, I's of the "no prisoners" school of thought. I WANT my audiences to walk away wondering how the h(*l he did THAT!
But I could also be wrong. It wouldn't be a first.
Lee Darrow, C.Ht. http://www.leedarrow.com