Originally posted by DustinStinett:
Frankly, Mrgoat, your "example" isn't a compelling one at all. If someone really was selling something called "This Doesn't Use a Folding Coin" I would probably ask, "okay, does it bend in some way?" or "is the bottle gaffed or the coin?"
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I'm done now. Go ahead and flame away--but keep it civil.
You seem to totally miss the point I was making. Maybe it's because I am not explaining myself clearly.
I will try with another example, and asking questions about the MO to your magic shop has nothing to do with my point.
Let's say the trick used a deck of cards where half the pack were the same card, they were short and they alternated with 26 regular cards. Let's say the description of the trick contained standard Svengali deck moves. ie: the card is selected, placed in the centre of the deck, and then it rises to the top. Now let's assume that trick is called "This Is Not A Sven Deck".
Now remember, your ability to ask questions to the supplier of this product is utterly irrelevant. Another example.
A shiny metal ball floats under a cloth and then sits on top of the cloth under the control of the magician. Let's say the trick was called This Is Not A Zombie.
Again, asking questions of your dealer is not the point.
One last example. A small silk hanky is shown both sides. Can be examined and signed by the spectator. The magician then pokes the hanky into his hand where is vanishes. The trick is called This Doesn't Use a Thumb Tip or a Pull.
The point is the name of the trick in question is called No Strings Attached, and the obvious MO is string.
This is why it is bad.
Obviously there are a gazillion (at least) tricks where the title of the trick is not an accurate description of the effect. As you pointed out in your post, there are lots. This really isn't the issue though. The issue is the name suggests the trick is not done with thread. The truth of the matter is that is exactly how it is done.
Hope that makes sense.