Another magic trick to which I have had frequent recourse is the one known as “Act As If”, AKA “Fake It ‘Til You Make It”,which is a practical application of the concept of the “Self-Fulfilling Prophecy”.
This trick is exceedingly simple, in fact I’d say it’s probably fundamental to all magic. But, I can’t remember ever having seen it spelled out explicitly before, so I’m going to take a crack at that task today.
It works like this…When you want to change something, especially something about yourself, then you should act as if it is already true and it will become true.
I’ve used this trick for all kinds of transformations. I’ve made myself feel warm in horrible weather by acting as if I couldn’t feel the cold, I’ve breezed through security checkpoints by acting as if I was supposed to be on the other side and I’ve met a lot of cool people simply by acting as if I was the fun guy to meet.
Simple, right? But, unfortunately, it’s not easy. Your act needs to be convincing, at least convincing enough to fool others before you can really fool yourself. And, you need to believe in the part you’re playing if you’re going to fool others up close.
Acting lessons are strongly recommended, with an emphasis on screen over stage.
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