Talk:Misdirection (magic)

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Since when is Misdirection a magic-related stub? How about, a cleverness or sneakiness-related stub?

Misdirection is a basic technique in magic.

Yes, but the article is titled "Misdirection", rather than "Misdirection (Magic)".--James Chenery (talk) 07:30, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

Renaming the article would clear up the confusion about different types of misdirection. I shall propose a rename.--James Chenery (talk) 07:30, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

So you renamed the article, and now "Misdirection (Magic)" talks about misdirection in warfare and movies... This is clearly not working. I recommend either returning it to "Misdirection" or making articles for each type of misdirection. Oskilian (talk) 15:51, 28 July 2009 (UTC)

Misdirection in History?[edit]

Title says all, anyone heard of its use in significant history? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Exander (talkcontribs) 08:41, 10 December 2006 (UTC).


John Travolta in Swordfish. Hi whole character, in fact pretty much the whole movie was based on the premise of Misdirection??


Uh, wow. First of all, define "significant history." 70.171.33.161 05:35, 19 April 2007 (UTC)


This article's tone is so unbecoming of a professional encylopedia.

Tagged for OR[edit]

I've tagged this page for original research and lack of sources. This page currently reads like a student essay on the question "describe, with examples, the use of the term misdirection." In its current state, I'd say that this is probably one of the least encyclopaedic articles on wikipedia and needs a complete rewrite to bring it up to standard. Tx17777 (talk) 22:52, 24 November 2007 (UTC)

Not a comprehensive list[edit]

Given the broad applicability of misdirection, maybe we should dispense with specific sections for film, etcetera? Misdirection is notably used in sports, strategy/tactical board games, political announcements, crime...

Alternatively, we could make this an article specifically about the use of misdirection in television and film, or magic, or merge both those sections with other articles on film and magic techniques, and delete this?

--James Chenery (talk) 14:04, 18 May 2009 (UTC)

I've removed the stuff that has nothing to do with magic. That belongs in the misdirection article, not here.--Shantavira|feed me 10:29, 30 September 2011 (UTC)


I'm not sure how to add my comment to this page so here I am. I have begun to add content to this page relevant to the topic. So far I have added three quotes with reference. Please feel free to change structure so that is more in keeping with Wiki format. Thanks the help and feedback. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Iconicmagic (talkcontribs) 19:57, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

I've removed some of the names at the bottom due to the fact that I can find no documentation to bolster their inclusion as magicians who have contributed to "misdirective techniques" (at least that's what I think is written there). Adding a few more quotes and relevant material the subject matter. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Iconicmagic (talkcontribs) 00:35, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

I've rewritten two paragraphs that seemed rather awkward (I'm not done yet as much remains). As time permits I will add historical references as they pertain to Warfare and Magic. Perhaps a sports fan can contribute content relevant to that particular field. Thanks!

Controversy[edit]

I hope I don't ruffle feathers here but I've tried to add some documentation to this page. The quotes that I've chosen were all taken from highly regarded books. I'm not a writer (that should be obvious) but I do know magic and its history. Soon, I'll add more to flush it all out and make it more coherent, instead of just a collection of quotes. 69.4.52.31 (talk) 07:17, 17 December 2011 (UTC)

The use of the 'word' victim for an audience member is inappropriate.StickyGimble (talk) 13:09, 10 August 2012 (UTC)