This is my first essay I'm writing, so go easy on me.
Thoughts on metal bending by lolx
I usually think of metal bending as "bending the thing with my mind". I don't think of it as a "trick". I personally use The Closer coin bend but at the end I ask them to blow on the coin, I then place the coin in their hand and close their hand. I then close my eyes, open it and ask them to squeeze tight and feel it bending. After that I ask them to open their hand and the signed coin is bent! I use this method of bending the coin rather then the rub rub rub and it bends. It's risky, but as the description for The Closer said,"It takes guts, but for reactions like that it's worth living on the edge."
A lot of people complain that this trick is too easy to figure out. The method is simple, direct and clean. In order for them to believe they bent the coin, you must first set the stage and atmosphere of the performance. I also take into account the psychologicial subtleties. Behind every metal bend, whether there it is a fork, key, coin, etc., there is always psychology behind it. I feel that the psychology and presentation is really what makes the performance memorable.
In liquid metal the fork gets really screwed up and can be handed out as a souvenier, but if you don't have the proper patter and presentation, I feel that they may just chuck the fork away one day only to collect dust in a drawer.
This is just my thinking about metal bending. Thank you for reading this.