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(Journal Times)   Magician predicts headlines two months in advance and tape records them. Will be listened to in front of an audience. If he's wrong, each person gets $100. If he's right, he should still get a real job   (journaltimes.com) divider line 142
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2008-11-19 01:16:37 PM  
"Barack Obama elected 44th President of the United States"

(would have been a reasonable bet two months ago)
 
2008-11-19 01:29:25 PM  
Let's see him try this with the sports page.
 
2008-11-19 01:35:01 PM  
Nah. He'll get the headlines verbatim because the cassette player will wind up being rigged to play a tape he brought the night before.

Same as that Angel guy's shiat.
 
2008-11-19 01:41:00 PM  
let's try it:

"Two shot dead in Detroit today"

"Florida man dies in boating accident"

"WI teacher arrested for having sex with student"

"Young attractive white girl missing"
 
2008-11-19 01:51:12 PM  
Farker predicts 2 weeks in advance that headline predictions will be vague and in general applicable to any conceivable event, or it's complete opposite.

//Generously declines to take his $100.
 
2008-11-19 01:51:33 PM  
Crown_of_Shoes: Nah. He'll get the headlines verbatim because the cassette player will wind up being rigged to play a tape he brought the night before.

Same as that Angel guy's shiat.


Yup.
 
2008-11-19 02:39:23 PM  
"Top 10 stories of 2008"
"How much does the 12 days of xmas cost this year"
"Superbowl costs businesses $840 million dollars in lost productivity"
 
2008-11-19 03:10:03 PM  
Drew: "Top 10 stories of 2008"
"How much does the 12 days of xmas cost this year"
"Superbowl costs businesses $840 million dollars in lost productivity"


They really just run the same stories over and over again. Let alone the holiday ones, you could literally just run today's paper again in 5 months and nobody would even notice.

"A cease-fire was broken today in the middle east"
"Lawmakers ponder bailout of the automotive industry"
"Palin considers 2012 presidential run"
"Obama adds another key Clinton era player to high government position"

/you probably know this already, though
 
2008-11-19 03:20:47 PM  
I don't have any money, but have one of these really big checks instead
 
2008-11-19 03:24:33 PM  
"In addition to the unveiling of his headline predictions, Blagg's show at UW-Parkside will feature ... [him] making snow from his bare hands"

Sorry, but rubbing your hands vigorously over your scalp is not very magical.
 
2008-11-19 03:29:52 PM  
Drew: "Top 10 stories of 2008"
"How much does the 12 days of xmas cost this year"
"Superbowl costs businesses $840 million dollars in lost productivity"


Hey, at least you know he bought your book!
 
2008-11-19 03:30:03 PM  
/increase ticket prices by $100, win
 
2008-11-19 03:31:52 PM  
Drew: "Top 10 stories of 2008"
"How much does the 12 days of xmas cost this year"
"Superbowl costs businesses $840 million dollars in lost productivity"


If only there was a book concerned with media stand-bys such as these...
 
2008-11-19 03:32:06 PM  
Crown_of_Shoes: Nah. He'll get the headlines verbatim because the cassette player will wind up being rigged to play a tape he brought the night before.

Same as that Angel guy's shiat.


That.
 
2008-11-19 03:32:16 PM  
Typical bait and switch. Cris Angel does it all the time. He even does it with lottery numbers. Choosing the winning numbers weeks in advance.
 
2008-11-19 03:32:17 PM  
img.photobucket.com

/unimpressed
 
2008-11-19 03:33:27 PM  
oldebayer: Let's see him try this with the sports page.

Gray's Sports Almanac.
 
2008-11-19 03:34:08 PM  
Crown_of_Shoes: Nah. He'll get the headlines verbatim because the cassette player will wind up being rigged to play a tape he brought the night before.

Same as that Angel guy's shiat.


Exactly right - he's not a psychic, he's a magician. It will be somehow rigged to play his latest recording (like accidentally bump into the receiver switching the input to a mp3 player he slipped on the table earlier).
 
2008-11-19 03:34:48 PM  
Barakku: Drew: "Top 10 stories of 2008"
"How much does the 12 days of xmas cost this year"
"Superbowl costs businesses $840 million dollars in lost productivity"

If only there was a book concerned with media stand-bys such as these...


*snerk*
 
2008-11-19 03:35:03 PM  
rcain:
"In addition to the unveiling of his headline predictions, Blagg's show at UW-Parkside will feature ... [him] making snow from his bare hands"

Sorry, but rubbing your hands vigorously over your scalp is not very magical.


*snicker*
 
2008-11-19 03:36:27 PM  
I think it was the Amazing Randi who did something like this on Stern - locked up something in a vault that Stern kept in the studio for months.

Anyway, OF COURSE it's a switcheroo. no doi.
 
2008-11-19 03:37:47 PM  
I'd be impressed if he asked the audience members to bring cassette players and chose one at random to play his tape.
 
2008-11-19 03:39:26 PM  
Crown_of_Shoes: Nah. He'll get the headlines verbatim because the cassette player will wind up being rigged to play a tape he brought the night before.

Same as that Angel guy's shiat.


This.
 
2008-11-19 03:39:50 PM  
So....what's his prediction for the events that were in the movie Zeitgeist?

/ducks and runs...fast!
 
2008-11-19 03:39:55 PM  
Crown_of_Shoes: He'll get the headlines verbatim because the cassette player will wind up being rigged to play a tape he brought the night before.

Wouldn't that be crossing the line between magic and fraud? There's money involved.
 
2008-11-19 03:40:17 PM  
I can do this too:

Police beat unarmed protestor.
Conservative Radio Host advocates genocide of liberals.
Hot teacher caught boning student.
Man pours gasoling on crotch, then starts smoking a cigarette. Somehow I don't think you thought your cunning plan all the way through.
 
2008-11-19 03:41:04 PM  
Why, wait? Just give us the predictions now and see if the news pans out.
 
2008-11-19 03:41:10 PM  
Drew: "Top 10 stories of 2008"
"How much does the 12 days of xmas cost this year"
"Superbowl costs businesses $840 million dollars in lost productivity"


Wow, Drew! You should get into the magic business.

I'd be more impressed if he predicted Fark headlines.
 
2008-11-19 03:43:14 PM  
is this the thread where we all get to guess headlines in 2 months??
oh what fun..

"Obama gets sworn in"

"Its cold outside, here are some tips to winterize your home"

"Gas prices still going down because everyone is buried in snow"

"Kids in Haiti get Tennessee Titans 16-0 Superbowl shirts"

/how did i do? tune in next time
 
2008-11-19 03:43:47 PM  
If this guy were actually legit (which he is not), that means he would have known about the economy crash before it happened, but decided not to tell anyone about it. Nice. (not like anyone would have believed him anyway though)
 
2008-11-19 03:44:07 PM  
Magician does magic trick - the Amazing Romero reporting.
 
2008-11-19 03:45:39 PM  
www.lcshockey.com

It's all an illusion.
 
2008-11-19 03:46:06 PM  
"Big Three Execs get Raises, New Gulfstreams after Bailout"
 
2008-11-19 03:46:16 PM  
farm4.static.flickr.com

/equally unimpressed
 
2008-11-19 03:46:35 PM  
mistrmind: Why, wait? Just give us the predictions now and see if the news pans out.

Well that would alter the time-line so no. You're right though, of course.
 
2008-11-19 03:47:03 PM  
I predict: Hamas launches rocket attacks on Israel. World leaders urge Israel to exercise restraint.
 
2008-11-19 03:49:15 PM  
fritopendejo: Drew: "Top 10 stories of 2008"
"How much does the 12 days of xmas cost this year"
"Superbowl costs businesses $840 million dollars in lost productivity"

Wow, Drew! You should get into the magic business.

I'd be more impressed if he predicted Fark headlines.


Cat rescued just in time for Caturday.
Steak found to be bad for you, your dog says "I'll take it".
Bacon, is there anything it can't do?
 
2008-11-19 03:49:31 PM  
Does the headline have to be on the front page and does it have to be verbatim? If not, then he could just predict a story in the entertainment section about his show that night.
 
2008-11-19 03:50:10 PM  
He'll just palm the tape and switch it with the one he made last night.
 
2008-11-19 03:50:36 PM  
Russ1642: oldebayer: Let's see him try this with the sports page.

Gray's Sports Almanac.


THIS.
 
2008-11-19 03:52:28 PM  
Drew: "Top 10 stories of 2008"
"How much does the 12 days of xmas cost this year"
"Superbowl costs businesses $840 million dollars in lost productivity"


Heh. And a fine book it was too.
 
2008-11-19 03:53:50 PM  
I did something like this in college. Although I did it with the answers to upcoming exams and did it to prove that I wasn't psychic. Of course, I was broke and needed money for my sick mother, and sold the answers. I told everyone that I sold them to that they weren't correct of course and that I really wasn't a psychic. It all would have been fine if the answers I locked in the safe deposit box hadn't been correct. Down to every word, punctuation and even spelling errors....


Obscure? I think not.
 
2008-11-19 03:53:56 PM  
kingjd47: Russ1642: oldebayer: Let's see him try this with the sports page.

Gray's Sports Almanac.

THIS.


CUBS WIN WORLD SERIES!
 
2008-11-19 03:53:59 PM  
Kanemano: He'll just palm the tape and switch it with the one he made last night.

I figure the tape recorder is rigged with a radio receiver. That way he never has to touch the tape player.
 
2008-11-19 03:54:38 PM  
Magician Found Dead in Hotel Room with Underage Girls
 
2008-11-19 03:55:45 PM  
or maybe he knows the editor of the newspaper and slipped him a cool $5
 
2008-11-19 03:58:51 PM  
holy crap. I just unwrapped my chicken sandwich from Arby's. The wrapper has like a dozen chicken shapes on the outside. The inside of the wrapper is littered with like a hundred smaller pictures of the same chicken shape.

I might not be able to eat this now.
 
2008-11-19 04:00:02 PM  
i think it might be kind of fun if everybody gathers around that day, he plays the tape, and the first prediction is, "Crazed illusionist mows down audience members with machine gun."

then he whips out a gun loaded with blanks and sees how everybody reacts...
 
2008-11-19 04:00:42 PM  
oldebayer: Let's see him try this with the sports page.

Been done.

steviethek.files.wordpress.com
 
2008-11-19 04:02:22 PM  
I predict...

img65.imageshack.us
 
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