Sep 3 2018
“Do you believe in coincidence?
You do! So do I! My, that’s a coincidence!”
“How about intuition? Do you believe in intuition? You do! I knew you were going to say that!”
Ah, you can’t beat a good magician’s gag. Those particular gems are from my favourite magic book, “Smoke and Mirrors”. I can assure you now, the tricks in it are far better than the gags.
Anyway, to the point. There’s something magical about a good coincidence. An awful lot of really good tricks depend on it. My typical birthday trick for example…
“Go on. Think of a card. Change your mind a little if you fancy. Got one? Good. Now, do you remember that envelope I gave you at the start of the night? The one you put in your pocket / bra?* Yep that’s the one. Go on, open it up. Do you like the handmade greetings card? Printed it myself! Oh, and look, there’s a single playing card in there too. What was the one you were thinking of again? Go on. Turn that one over… My! That’s a coincidence! Happy birthday!”
See. There’s something magical about a coincidence hitting.
It’s that “What if I’d changed my mind” feeling you get. It plays on your mind. It’s good magic.
You’re skeptical I can tell. Go on. Have a look at these cards. Choose one. Any one you like…
Are you sure now? No more scrolling until you’ve made your mind up.
Now, wouldn’t it be an amazing coincidence if I chose the same one?
Well. I chose the four of hearts. You did too? My! That’s a coincidence!
And that readers is the beauty of the coincidence trick. Get it right, and it looks like a miracle. Get it wrong, and you can mostly get away with it. I mean, seriously, you didn’t really think that would work did you? But for one fifth of the blog readers (about 4 of you), it looks quite magical.
What’s that? You’re not impressed. You thought that “trick” was disappointing and you really think this blog is a dip from my usual medium standards? You think I’ve scraped the blogging barrel this time. Probably just trying to keep the site updated to improve my SEO.
I think that too! What a coincidence!
* Seriously, you wouldn’t believe the number who choose bra as the safe place to put something. Look after this card please. OK, I’ll put it in my bra. It’s clearly a thing. Not that I can comment. I rarely wear a bra, and I nearly always have pockets.