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How are illusions done?

The first step we need to learn is not to think of the illusion as “something to be perceived”. What we really mean is that one object (the object you are looking at) is made up of many other things and that those objects are all made up of the same elements, of the same form, of the same color etc. But of which kind?

That’s a tricky problem because we are no where near mastering all the different kinds of illusions, so many that we often need to learn many different kinds of illusions to master any one type of thing. And many techniques to do that work because they have multiple functions at once, because they have a lot of different parts to them. For example, looking “at” an object, or “seeing” an object, or “hearing” an object. These 3 are the most common, and are very easy to learn. I teach them very simply – see, hear, touch. I don’t talk about which of those 4 things is being used or how, unless you just ask me which of the 4 things it is. So you’ll never have to memorize any of that stuff because what I tell you is what you’ll understand immediately. But once you become familiar with it, you will see how it has a lot of uses and uses to do something else, and you can even do it in the form of a trick or trick using only one of the 4 senses. That sounds very scary at first, but then you realize that those things aren’t that scary and that they don’t need to be.

OK, now the question then is: how can we learn which types of stuff to use in an effective way? It’s really easy. First, figure out that you don’t need a lot of things, but that you need to use many types of stuff. That’s it. That’s what we all need to learn. Now once you realize that and you figure out what you need, it is usually easier to figure out how to actually do this stuff. There are many techniques that we learn in the Art of Illusion, how do I know? I do. They all work. So why don’t we try some of them to see what happens.

So the first thing we need to do is figure out how much we actually need to use to see things or have any idea what is going on in the environment. I teach a technique that I call “a-b-c-e-f”, which in other words