Originally posted by Pete McCabe:
"I gesture and concentrate the power of the universe" would _not_ be a silent script. You would never think these exact words. "Water, I command you to disappear" might be.
A more descriptive example might be: Let's say you produce the selected card, only it's not the right card. Your silent script might be "what happened. Did I lose the break? Did I not do my Zarrow shuffle right? Who cares! What am I gonna do now?"
I thought Pete was wrong, but then I grasped a different angle. FOR ME, Matthew Field is more on target. I am a magician helping others to discover the realization of the impossible, summoning powers to make water vanish.
My silent script might run more like, "Oh magical powers within come vanquish this evil water from our presence. All marvel at the powers of the universe which make this water...vanish."
OK I'm not that far into wizardry. I have exaggerated for clarity of distinction. I would be telegraphing that I am affected by the outcome of the magic before the audience. I sense the impending wonder just moments before the audience. I have suceeded! Not "OK this is the fourth time today with the slush powder...see the water is gone."
I think we have all seen magicians who know the outcome and don't even care about it. They are only interested in impressing you to get your acceptance, not sharing joyful wonderment.
In Pete's example, if you are playing a trickster or card cheat, his dialog of breaks and shuffles would be accurate. A wonder worker, however, would be thinking, "Are my powers failing me? I must and shall triumph." (No pun intended...well maybe a little.)
Myself, Pete, Matt, Andrew, and others are in agreement that implimentation of the technique has the affect Pete spoke of.The more conviction you put into your (non-verbal) reading of this silent script, the more clearly the string of emotions will appear on your face. So the Silent Script can be a very useful tool.
I wouldn't want my emotion to be "Oops, I lost my f-in break!" That happens just fine on its own. :( :p
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