I recently performed the test below for some friends. One of whom was videoing the presentation. The effect: I ask my friend to think of any word and write it down making sure that I cannot see what he writes or draws. He places his piece of paper into a dinner napkin so it is well hidden. I draw an arcane circle on the table and place the napkin into the circle and start getting a vision. I am then able to tell him what he had written.
At the end of the test I told the camera man "Oh, don't video the circle or people will learn how to do the trick." Obviously this was a joke and misdirection all rolled into one off the cuff statement.
My question is: does that statement referring to what happened as a "trick" to laymen in any way belittle the test? The video is on youtube and, since I hope some day to be taken seriously as a mentalist, I do not want to tarnish my public record.
As any mentalist knows, it's not always what is said that counts. It is also how it is said. So please review the video before advising.
Here is the link.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlVE4kmJe3M
Thank you, I value your professional advice.