People are predictable

     "People are predictable, at least up to a point. If you pay attention, you can frequently anticipate where their thoughts are going. Then you can get ahead of them."

Tommy Twine takes control of his world

     “Most people never get a glimpse of what could be. And most who get that glimpse never do anything about it. They succumb to the voices of everyone around them who insist that they aim lower. They let themselves believe that such goals are ‘too rich for their blood.’ Look at me, Tommy.”

     Slowly, the boy uncovered his face.
     “Nothing is too rich for your blood. Nothing. The goal you have just set for yourself is to rise above the station into which you were born. It is the same goal I set for myself when I was your age. I achieved that goal. So will you.”
     “How can you be so sure?”
     “Because you want to try.”
     “I don’t even know where to begin.”
     “That’s my job.”

What are you not considering?

     “As you approached my door last week, you were successfully asking that question. Without giving information, you gathered information. We did not see you, or hear your footsteps. Even when you panicked, your training led you out of danger.”
     “That makes me sound like some kind of secret agent.”
     “No, just a man in control of himself and his surroundings.”

Stage magic

     “A central tenet in stage magic is the laying of groundwork. A magician is not simply a step or four ahead of his audience; his actions are a step or four ahead of his words. He doesn’t tell you what he’s about to do until he has already long since done it.”

Now comes the hard question

    “Do you want to use this power to destroy your bully, or to save him?"

    "What’s going to happen?"

    "I don’t know. I can only tell you how it’s going to begin."

Magicians vs. Bullies

People talk about everything

     “Imagine the power a person would accumulate who listened and did not talk."