Not Political

Posted on May 24, 2019 by Joey


I try to not be partisan in these spaces. There are so many places to read about this, or that political thing.

This post was inspired by two things that recently crossed my new feed: a Los Angeles Times article, and a tweet from a Michigan Republican Congressman named Justin Amash.

The LA Times is an opinion piece by magician, Barry Glassner.

The tweet actually appeared in The Hill.

Amash tweeted this: “Barr’s misrepresentations are significant but often subtle, frequently taking the form of sleight-of-hand qualifications or logical fallacies, which he hopes people will not notice.” (It was the reference to sleight of hand that caught my eye.)

As a magician, I'm not sure I agree. Sleight of hand requires a certain level of skill.

Glassner's article gives the President credit for misdirection as opposed to the common cry that the president is “distracting us”. (The title, “Take it from a Magician: Trump isn't trying to distract us, he's misdirecting us...” immediately piqued my interest.)

I also have to take issue. I use misdirection. A lot.

I think the president is using a kind of verbal aikido.

I'm not saying I'm right. I'm just saying...