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Dezrah The Strange vs. Amanda Fucking Palmer

It’s true, it’s true! After weeks of frantic e-mails, wishing, hoping, planning and stressing, I was accepted as pre-show entertainment for Amanda Palmer‘s “Cabaret” produced by Harvard’s ART!

I first heard about it on Amanda Palmer’s Twitter feed where she put out a call for street performers and other ne’er do-wells to help build ambiance before the show. On a “why the hell not?” sort of urge, I responded to her and miraculously she gave me the e-mail of the Asst. director.

After a little back-and-forth determining what would be appropriate for the space (glass walking out, street-magic in!) I was invited to join other potential performers at an audition last night. I was up against some serious (and seriously talented) character actors and artists including a drunken ex-pat opera singer, a conscripted Polish WWI veteran/Cubist caricaturist, a two-person, one puppet dirty old man, a beautiful bronze living statue and Meff and JoJo’s Tiny Instrument Revue!

I performed a little forkbending, my bastardized 2-cup version of the cups and balls, Sankey’s Paperclipped and closed with my “match trick” that now incorporated the animated matchbook. I got gasps and applause in all the right places and my “mistakes” were bought hook, line and sinker. I’ve never actually auditioned for anything, certainly not for something as amazing and edgy as AFP and ART’s “Cabaret”. I was terrified the entire time and my nerves showed, but I have to say that the past few months at the Piccadilly have really tightened my routines and burned the moves into my brain. I was able to just be there in the moment and forget about the mechanics.

Nerves aside, I think my set went well, but considering the character and type of performances we all saw that night, I was concerned that I wouldn’t really fit in with what they wanted. I knew for sure that I wouldn’t be hearing from them and was just grateful for the opportunity to audition. It turns out that I was wrong, HOORAY!!! Apparently my strategy of meta-weirdness, (being the most normal person in a room full of weirdos in turn makes one the weirdest person in the room), is paying off.

So now I’m just waiting for the details of my schedule and rehearsals, but the hard part is done. I’ve been paying my dues at the restaurant, getting my chops up, took a chance and somehow fell ass-backwards into awesomeness!

So, if you, or anyone you know is in Cambridge in the next 6 weeks, stop on by (and bring money)! I’ll be outside the theater, so you don’t even have to have tickets to some see me! Of course, you should really, really, REALLY see “Cabaret” but act fast, shows are selling out left and right.

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My Apology to the Psychic Community.

This is probably the second hardest post I’ve ever had to write.

For years, I’ve railed against the people I considered psychic frauds. No matter what my theology was at the time, I knew…I KNEW that there were cheats and hoaxers that had nothing better to do than create lies about their supposed “powers” and abilities. I was convinced that any claims of the paranormal were the result of misguided fools or outright con artists.

No more. While researching fork and spoon-bending for my long-awaited fork-bending video, I discovered something. In a previous post, I had laughed at the spoonbenders on YouTube, claiming that their “abilities” were the result of applied leverage coupled with self-delusion. I sat there, smug in the knowledge that I’d busted their claims without even trying it out for myself.

but that never sat right with me, so yesterday, I tried it their way. I put aside my skepticism and magic knowledge, and let the forces of the universe move through me.

Words are failing me. All I can do is offer the most solemn and humble apology to those that I have mocked, and show you the results of my legitimate attempts:

I hope you all enjoyed watching this as much as I enjoyed making it. Stay tuned for more examinations of the paranormal as I take this blog in a new direction.

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Dezrah Magic – Live: Take 2!

I just booked a new public show! Yay! It’s at “The Q” a coffee shop on 362 Chandler St. in Worcester. on Feb 22nd @ 8pm.  It’s going to be an hour of magic, mentalism and psychic shenanigans. Hope you can make it!

For details, check out:

Facebook Event Page

or

MySpace Event Page 

Hope to see you there!

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People Are Reading This?!

I’ve gotten more hits on this blog in the past two days than I have in the past two months. That’s fantastic. I want to say “Thank You” to everyone who’s stopping by to check out my predictions for 2008. If you liked them, drop me a comment and say “Hi!” If you hated them, drop me a comment and say “Hi! You Suck!” Either way…

If you want to read some more articles in the same vein, check out my posts on Ouija, Spoon Bending and  Psychic Surgery

Happy New Year, and thanks again for taking the time to read my rant.

Scott Dezrah Blinn

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Psychic Phriday

This week’s Psychic Phriday will be a little bit shorter than most. I have some familial obligations this week that are cutting into my foolin’ around time.

I’m pretty happy with the traffic I’ve been getting so far, and I think the move to WordPress was the right one. Sadly, I didn’t get the 10 comments I needed to release/create the fork-bending video, but maybe I’ll give you all another chance this week. 😉 In any event, it seems that I do have some regular readers and I’m entirely thankful for you all.

That being established, I’d like to give you all a chance to get involved. I have some topics that I plan on covering in the future (dowsing, ufo’s, homeopathy, etc.) but I want this to be useful to you. Otherwise I’m just another random guy ranting on the web. As gratifying as that may be, I’d rather spend my time doing something useful to the community at large. So here are a few questions that will help me shape the future of “Things that Never Happened”

Are there any paranormal topics you want discussed? Any experiences that you’ve had (or heard of) that you can’t explain? What are the areas that you want to explore?

Are there any topics that you think should be “hands off” I’m very interested in discussing religion, and I’d really like to talk about my recent experiences with it, but should that be taboo? How about politics?

How about tone? More factual? More humorous? Sarcastic and snarky? Dry and to the point? Whatever the meds make me say?

I’m also really interested in the tech world, how about Tech Tuesdays and Psychic Phridays? Or are there other topics that you want an ill-informed blowhard to write about on a semi-regular basis? (I’d suggest Fox news if that’s really your thing)

Finally, I’ll leave you with a few of the “rules” I set up in my first “Psychic Phriday” post on Xanga. I think they’re a pretty good guide to where I’m coming from and for critical thinking in general. (you can find the post, in its entirety at The Phirst Psychic Phriday )

Rule number 1: No appeals to authority. Whether it’s me, your professor, or the guys from TAPS, just because someone claims to be an authority a) doesn’t mean they are and more importantly b) does not raise their opinion above questioning. Everyone can be wrong

Rule number 2: Anecdotal evidence is not good enough to prove something is real. Just because some guy said they saw it once, it is not good enough. (Even if that guy is me, or even you.) Does that mean I think that everyone who disagrees with me is lying or stupid? NO! It’s just that we’ve learned that no matter how trustworthy or experienced, people are not good witnesses. The human brain is a marvelous thing, but it is not flawless. We often see things that can’t be real, yet our brain convinces us that they are. What am I talking about? Just crack open any kid’s book of optical illusions. Every single one of them is taking advantage of a flaw in the brain’s methods of discerning reality. (This is a big topic, we’ll cover it fully in another entry) Simply put, our legal system doesn’t allow hearsay when trying to find out the facts, so why should we?

Rule number 3: The most important. Just because we don’t know the explanation, doesn’t mean it can’t be explained. In logic this is called the argument from ignorance. Example: I don’t know that that weird, flashy light in the sky is, therefore it must be a spaceship full of tiny creatures with big black eyes and an penchant for cattle mutilation and orifice probing. Get it? You can’t say “I don’t know what it is, so it’s X” You can’t both know and not know what something is. The difference between a true skeptic and a true believer is that “I don’t know” is a good enough answer for the skeptic. Some people need to have an answer, no matter what, and they’ll take whatever they’re given (if it fits in with what they already believe, or if it feels good to believe it)

Okay I think that’s enough for today. We only got halfway to my goal of 10 comments last week, but with actual questions for you to answer I think we have a good shot this week. So my challenge remains: 10 comments (with answers to today’s questions) by next Phriday, and I’ll share my AWESOME FORK BENDING POWERS with the world!

Or you can just come see me at the 99. 😉

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Psychic Phriday- I am Spoonbender

Before we get started, to avoid confusion, this post is NOT about the avant-garde techno-ish group from San Francisco. They are awesome and as Jon Wolf says: “tasty”. I have no beef with them, and command you to check out their website (and free music!) at http://www.iamspoonbender.com . That being said, I am unabashedly and unashamedly stealing their name for the title of this post because a) it’s catchy and b) quite frankly, the band is a lot more interesting than this particular paranormal ability. Nothing would make me happier than my gentle readers spending their time checking out new, independent musicians rather than wasting it on this nonsense.

Digression over with, it’s time for the fun. You see, there’s a guy…Well I don’t know if I can say his name, because I’m going to be making some pretty specific claims, and this particular person has been quite litigious in the past. Let’s just say that there’s a guy who may or may not be in the public eye at the moment. He’s pretty much made a career out of spoonbending for “real”. With this guy back in popularity, I think its time to take a look at what’s going on, and show you how you can gain your own amazing powers!

Spoonbending is the art/ability/con of making cutlery, keys, paperclips or other metal objects apparently bend, twist and mutilate by the merely using your mind. There are hundreds of videos online for you to check out, but here’s a couple I came across during my research. I won’t talk much about them specifically, but I think it’s important to see other perspectives:

So, how do they do it? Well, they claim that they have some sort of extra ablility/energy/power/focus that lets them weaken the metal itself. Some say that the metal is heating up and melting, some avidly deny that the metal heats up at all, that it’s the molecules rearranging themselves. Which happens to be the technical definition of heat, but I digress.

Those are exciting explanations, if not very plausible. These people (for the most part) seem very genuine in their belief that something unusual is going on here and we should respect that, right? If they are right, then something amazing is going on, something that could revolutionize everything we know about physics and the natural world.

That’s absolutely true, but sadly, there are other possible explanations. You see, I’m a magician and a bartender. If I’m known for anything, it’s pomegranite martinis and forkbending. Yup, that’s right. I’m one of them. Apparently only using the power of my mind, I can bend forks down to the individual tines! I can also put a twist in the fork without touching it, even while it’s in YOUR hand!!! ooooOOOOooo!!!

The thing is, I don’t claim any paranormal abilities. I use plain ol’ forks I get from plain ol’ Wal-Mart and plain ol’ magic. It’s barely even a trick. My wife knows exactly how I do it and she HATES it because it’s so simple. Now because of the ethical issues involved in magic (exposure is a BIG no-no) I can’t even hint at the methods I and other legit magicians use, but the psychics? As far as I can see, they’re fair game.

Here’s how one particular method that one particular psychic uses to pull off this particular stunt. (for detailed instructions and a great book in general, check out “Penn and Teller’s How to Play With Your Food” ISBN: 0-679-74311-1 ) While seated, begin talking about psychic powers and the supernatural. Ask around to see if anyone has ever had any experiences that they can’t explain. This is a very important step, it gets people talking about themselves and thinking in a spooky direction. This is crucial to get you the misdirection and mindset you need to pull this garbage off for real. As you steer the conversation back to yourself, grab a spoon/fork from the table. Have your chair pulled far away from the table, if possible. Hold up the spoon, make a big deal of staring at it, mention that something strange has been happening lately, something that you’d like to show everyone…

Okay, here’s the “magic” part: Ask if anyone has ever heard of spoonbending or “some guy named Yuri something” As they’re talking/answering, you’re going to nonchalantly push the chair up to the table. Drop your hands to the arms or side of the chair, ostensibly grabbing the chair, and hold the spoon in one hand with your fingers wrapped around the stem and your thumb in the bowl of the spoon. When your hands drop below table level, jam the tip of the spoon into something hard (your leg, the chair, whatever) as you push into the bowl with your thumb. This should put a nice bend in it. Bring your hands back up to the table, covering the bend with your hand, and reveal it when/how you want to. I suggest waiting a bit while you slowly wave your hand around, letting the bend show bit by bit. You may prefer to pause, grunt mightily and throw the “suddenly” bent spoon into the middle of the table. If you’ve done your pre-work and made them think spooky thoughts, they’ll buy it, and you’ve got a new career as a guru.

Now that’s one, admittedly obvious, method to bend spoons. Is it too much of a stretch to think that there are others? This doesn’t prove that since this method is fake, that all spoonbending must therefore be fake, but it should get you thinking. One of the most important things that magic has taught me is this: No matter how smart I think I am, I can be fooled. Things in the real world are complicated, and it’s easy to be deceived and even easier to deceive yourself.

Just because you can’t explain it doesn’t mean it can’t be explained. Period.

Now go out there and wreck some silverware!

(P.S. If I get, let’s say 10 comments, maybe I’ll post a video of my AWESOME FORK POWERS!!!)

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