I first came up with MMD after some hours of thinking about how I could name a number that someone had written in the air. Dominic Reyes — That must have been very frustrating, like a missing piece in a jigsaw, how did you solve it? Bill Dekel — It was! I spent the next few weeks losing sleep trying to come up with a way to make MMD work with letters.
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I first came up with MMD after some hours of thinking about how I could name a number that someone had written in the air. Dominic Reyes — That must have been very frustrating, like a missing piece in a jigsaw, how did you solve it? Bill Dekel — It was! I spent the next few weeks losing sleep trying to come up with a way to make MMD work with letters. I thought out half a dozen ideas, but threw each of them out; none of them were simple or clean enough.
I read his idea and instantly knew that it would work. I adapted it and, working with Timon, Air Writer was born. Dominic Reyes — In what situations do you think it excels and in which do you think require more careful handling? Bill Dekel — It works extremely well with a list of any sort. Some common applications I anticipated include names, star signs, and playing cards, among many others.
As Timon noted, it can be used with virtually any list your spectator can come up with as well. The benefit of having a collection of known words is that it allows you to have a spectator write only one or two letters in the air. Dominic Reyes — Does it always work for you? The greater the risk the more reward. Bill Dekel — I feel that we as mentalists are all standing on the shoulders of giants, and as such we can only go farther with every passing year, in terms of performance and techniques.
I believe, be it sooner or later, that we will eventually reach a point where we will truly be able to read minds. Dominic Reyes — How have you reacted to the reaction you have received from mentalists about Air Writer? Dominic Reyes — Tell us about your first ever performance. That said, I think the first mind reading effect that I ever performed was at school, when I used my Mind Power deck.
I fanned the deck with the faces towards my spectator. I then asked my spectator to think of one of the cards. I then told him what card he was thinking , but pointed out that it was merely an illusion. I then showed him the faces of all of the cards to show that his card had never been in the deck. Dominic Reyes — Who are your influences and why? Derren Brown because he comes up with some absolutely brilliant ideas and then uses his well developed skills to make them a reality.
I admire Banachek primarily because of the guts he has to perform the kind of psychological forces that he has come up with.
Joshua Quinn because his work in the manipulation of words and equivoque has inspired some of my greatest effects. I always like watching Oberon perform because he makes magic, be it with cards or keys, tangible, bright, and charming, flowing seamlessly from one trick to the next. Last but not least I love David Copperfield because of his brilliant showmanship.
His powerful acting abilities that enable him to make the impossible real, no matter how larger the scale, and to relate it to every one of his spectators in a personable, way, often linking it with a story. Bill Dekel — As I think that mentalism will only get closer to the real thing, I want to be one of those on the edge of reality, pushing forwards to create a reality for both me and my spectators.
Dominic Reyes — Thanks for taking the time for this short interview Bill. Good luck with your magic and congratulations on a great bit of mentalism!
Air Writer by Bill Dekel and Simon Krause (Download)
PDF by download [0. Steve Murray Imagine asking a spectator to write something in the air, while you honestly close your eyes and do not peek while they are writing it. Yet you still know just what they wrote. Your spectator writes a few letters in the air and you name their word. Any Word: While you look away, a spectator writes a word in the air, and you instantly know what it is. Names: Your spectator writes down some names, and then writes a letter in the air, and you know which one they are thinking of.