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Think Like a Magician to Get an Edge over Your Competitors



This is the research of the well-known stage magician named Karl Germain, mentioned in the documentary “An honest Liar” by James Randi, who has later decided to make a career out of exposing con-men and “quacks.”

There are numerous methods and tricks of a magician can be utilized in your profession to help you get an edge over the competitors. Kwong had a talk with Business Insider about how you are able to do this and gave us a few recommendations. We have tried to highlight a few of them:

Avoid boxing yourself into one result
If you’re going to perform a presentation in your office, Kwong advises considering having 5 unique versions of that sort of presentation. Well, the responses and feedbacks provided by the people in the boardroom will decide how the act will go. You are advised to give yourself a “tree of alternatives,” by the means of giving the illusion of free option.

“A magician does this all the time — we don’t tell you what the end of the story is going to be on the outside,” Kwong stated. “If we were to do that, we would be boxed in, so this allows us to take different options to get to the most impactful ending for the performance.”

There are numerous performances that Kwong do that come with a dozen unique endings on the basis of the card that a person says, or based on the word that a person gives him. He has cleared this through an example; he once pretended to hide fifty two cards in a colleague’s garden for a magical trick, since he had an idea that no person would get an idea that he’d gone to that much hassle.

“It might flicker in their minds — maybe this magician came to our house and hid 52 playing cards — but who would be so crazy as to do that?” he said.


Decide Which Tricks You Want To Preserve
Whether you reveal or not that you were over-prepared or not will depend only on you. If you want to use it as a secret, then there are higher chances of getting you applauded for such an effective presentation. But, you can also decide to tell the population of mass that you prepared for 5 unique results, which will surely come up as a way to give you a specific type of credit. In case if you are going to keep your cards very near to your chest, this will actually look like a technique of misdirection.

“During the presentation, you are able to seamlessly move through the presentation as if there were only one outcome,” Kwong said. “Magicians never tell you I’m going from point A to point B. We never limit ourselves to a single path. We start at point A and we say something amazing is going to happen, but we never tell you what that amazing thing is going to be.”


Load up
Magicians don’t want to take a chance so they keep preparing to the extreme. For an example, David Copperfield is a magician who spent two years in making a trick to be perfect that only takes a couple of minutes to perform.

“We might spend a thousand hours on a set of hand moves for a trick that only takes ten seconds to perform, but to us, it’s worth it,” Kwong said. “We will go to such extreme lengths of preparation because the audience will dismiss it as the explanation.”

“You’re loaded up as you walk into someone’s living room to work miracles, but nobody is aware of what you’re loaded up with,” he said. “In a job interview, you can read all the books that may have influenced your interviewer, and you can research their favourite scotch, you can know all of these things going into it,” Kwong says.


Final Words:
Finally, I would say that all the information mentioned here was amended to attribute the quote “Magic is the simplest sincere profession. The truth is that a magician guarantees to deceive you and he succeeds what he does” to Karl Germain.

ShrutiMahour is a professional blogger at leading Job portal Company Jobs TridIndia HR. I have almost 7 years of experience in HR hiring industry and usually I share the latesthiring or job strategies, tips, trends and advice that could be helpful for freshers and experienced job seekers.

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