MyMagic eNewsletter #958
August 25, 2021
In 1935 John Ridley Stroop published his work on what eventually was called the Stroop Test. In science like in magic there were other versions published much earlier who were not credited.
The basic test can be used to measure how fast your brain works by showing you conflicting words/images and seeing how long it takes you to figure out the correct answer (I am obviously oversimplifying).
I always thought it was interesting and even funny to show someone a card with the word BLUE written using RED ink and asking them what the color is or what is the word and seeing their momentary confusion. This premise is used for this new and very clever routine.
A Stroop Color and Word Test is a real “Neuropsychological test used to assess the ability to inhibit cognitive interference that occurs when the processing of a specific stimulus feature impedes the simultaneous processing of a second stimulus attribute, well-known as the Stroop Effect.”
What that means is that it is used to test how and how fast people process information.
That test is now available as a mentalism routine disguised as a psychological experiment. It blends real science with real magic to predict your spectator’s choices 100% of the time.
Watch and buy: HERE
►Roy Benson By Starlight:
This is a monumental book that looks at Roy Benson’s life, his career, his magic, his comedy, and so much more. In addition to the new unearthed information and essays the book reprints the very rare “Benson On Magic” booklet and his previously unpublished book “The Second Oldest Profession.” There are more than fifty effects, routines and sleights explained in detail.
It is a great investment (not only financial), but for anyone who wants to become a great parlor magician, comedy magician, and even an entertaining close-up magician. Highly recommended.
Watch and buy: HERE
Back in stock:
►Pocket Nightmare: HERE
►Die-Cipher 2.0: HERE
►Black Door: HERE
►Definitely Not Marked: HERE
►Position Impossible: HERE
►Bill Breaker: HERE
Stay happy, Meir
PS: Turns out Roy Benson had much fewer than 24 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, but he did have at least one appearance on The Tonight Show.