So, I was watching the X-Files this morning - and I do love that show - when one of the agents says to Fox Mulder "A lie, Mister Mulder, is most convincingly hidden between two truths." This got me thinking about our "lies" to our participants. We create deception through patterns of the truth. So, how can we, as magicians, take advantage of this more? I have always liked the idea of creating simple formulas, it helps me remember the more complex things of life. The thought that came across my mind is to look at some of my simple sleights and just break it down to this, truth to lie and back to truth again. Let's take the french drop for example: Truth - I hold the coin in my right hand at the finger tips displaying it so that all of my audience can see. I then proceed to take the coin into my left fist closing it around the coin and I adjust my left sleeve with my right hand explaining something to the point of "Solid objects don't just disappear on their own." Lie - I then open my left fist to show that the coin is still there and I push it back to the finger tips setting myself up to perform the vanish. I "take" the coin with my right hand and roll my left hand so that it is palm down. I then smoothly adjust my right sleeve with my left hand, making it appear that my left hand can continue to function as normal. I then extend my right hand up and forward while my left hand moves back to deposit the coin in my left breast pocket. Truth - I slowly open my right hand as my left hand rolls out and both my hands are empty. I am not proposing anything new here. I am just wanting to focus less on the "lies" we tell and more on how when we tell the truth, it enhances our deception. Thoughts?