I don't know if that's so absurd. I rather like it when flourishes reach the point that they don't really seem possible without cheating. It suggests that if THAT is possible without taking a 'short-cut', maybe some of your other stuff is real too... See 'arrow split' by Paul Harris. I think one of the reasons it is so effective is that it is very easy to believe on one level that you are actually doing it.
So it can be a healthy border for some ambiguity... Personally I'm not sure I would have outright denied using thread
More fun to skirt around it in a suspicious way that leaves them wondering what they saw.
I can understand what you mean. I have done Erdnase Color Changes on the bus. Just for practice, and the reaction I get is.." Those are magic cards right?" So on the one hand it is a sort of compliment, that they feel there is no way outside of a gimmick. You are so good at the sleights, that it does not look like it could be done purely with sleights.
I do disagree about letting them believe that the answer is a Hidden invisible thread though. Tamariz says that not only should our handling hide the method, but it should also hide anything that could possibly be a method even if it's not.
If all we do is hide the method, their reaction will be.." I do not know how it was done."
and it becomes a simply puzzle. We are not puzzle makers.
When we hide not just the actual method...but any possible method... then their reaction becomes. "I do not know how it could possibly be done."
THEN it becomes magic.
The way Darwin Ortiz puts it is.. there is a difference between them thinking..." I am not smart enough to figure out how he did it"
"Even someone 10 times as smart as i am, could not possibly figure out a way to do it, since it cannot be done."
I will admit, I am not there yet, all the time, But I do feel that it's a worthy goal. Don't leave them with a puzzle to figure out, leave them with a Miracle and they will not even try to figure it out. As far as they are concerned the aura you produce should be.." This is magic...there's nothing to figure out."
So in my mind the more outlandish and unrealistic and fantastic the explanation they try to offer, the better. In my mind..them "explaining" Prof's Nightmare by saying..." Elastic Ropes with Velcro tips" even after they examined all the ropes, is exactly the same as saying.." Wow, ... magic." because that is what they are saying.
" There is no rational explanation, so since I do not wish to admit I do not have a rational explanation, I will offer an irrational one."