Stage magicians or illusionists, as they like to be called, are experts at manipulating attention and focus. Like Lamont Cranston, "The Shadow," they can "cloud men's minds" creating a zone of invisibility in which they rearrange material objects. To the audience, it seems as if objects have disappeared and reappeared right in front of it. In reality, the objects have been there all along. What makes this all possible is the performer's ability to focus attention on something unrelated to the objects and their movement. However, there is something equally important. This is the knowledge of how the audience will fill in the gaps with its map of reality. The illusionist trusts that the audience believes its map is the territory. The past three years have been filled with what may be the biggest magic show of all time.
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