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60 Minutes: How'd He Do That?

60 Minutes: How'd He Do That?

Skeptical? Don't blame you. Now watch this.

by Marc Salem

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January 20, 2007

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Visitor Comments: 16

(16) Larry Miller, January 12, 2009 10:31 PM

I was at the show

I was at a show put on for about 100 people. I knew all the people there, who were three by invitation only. There is no way that Marc Salem knew who was coming to this show, so there were no "extra's" in the crowd to do his bidding. He did all the same shtick including announcing names of people in the audience and where the cities they were going to on vacation with complete accuracy, no guessing about "sandy shores."

(15) Chava, November 10, 2008 8:56 PM

I met Mr. Salem

He "read my mind" (which, btw, he never claims to do) at fund-raising dinner with surprising accuracy. If I was supposed to get paid and sign a non-disclosure clause, I'm still waiting. He puts on an amazing show.

(14) Greg, February 18, 2008 8:00 PM

Look a little closer

To the first two comments above, maybe you should watch the clip again. First, he never claims to have any "mystical" ability and does in fact freely admit that what he does is not paranormal - it is trickery. Listen to what he's saying! He doesn't reveal how he does it because that would ruin the mystery for those who observe. No mentalis will ever reveal thier secrets - why should they? If he was saying he had a 'paranormal' ability I'd be right behind you screaming at 60 minutes for showing this. Secondly, where is your proof that he's compensated members of the audience and had them sign non disclosure agreements? None. And so what if he has? Chris Angel does the same thing - as all illusionists do.

(13) Dana, February 6, 2008 6:05 PM

What a Charlatan

I'm ashamed at 60 minutes for popularizing this Charlatan further. Not only is he a liar and phoney, his tricks are just an unimaginative rehash of gimmics that have been used for generations. How did he "see into the future" to determine the number on the card? Easy. He selected before-hand members-to-be in the audience and had them sign a non-disclosure claus. He then has them come on stage and write out the number he told them to (and then act astonished, of course.) Salem and his ilk have been known to regularly place adds in newspapers for "extras" in their shows.

I wouldn't have a problem with Salem if he admitted it was all just a trick, but he's perpetrating the lie that he has some mystical ability that cannot be observed or tested under scientific circumstances.

If he were a true mentalist, believe me, he'd be working for the FBI or CIA.

(12) IchabodBC, January 26, 2008 7:55 AM

To the comment above me. I completely agree with your comment as a matter of fact I was picking up on the exact same things that you mentioned.

For example in the vacation trick, Marc said "I see sandy shores." Well who basically doesn't when they go on vacation. If the lady said no then he could of immediately said, no wait it's a snowy mountain. He does a lot of tricks used by "psychics" I think its called middle reading

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