Archive for the 'Quantum Thoughts' Category


Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Quantum Thoughts
18 Apr 2012

As a professional mentalist and magician, I perform many demonstrations of what appears to be mind reading in my show and I blend an array of different techniques and subtleties to create that illusion. While I will never reveal how I do what I do, I am willing to discuss one of the techniques, especially if doing so justifies sharing a picture of my dog, Dylan.


One important skill I use is simple non-verbal communication. Full Story »

Under: Quantum Thoughts
20 Oct 2010


We will have a special performance on Saturday, January 1, 2011, at Zinc in New York City.

This special show will start at 5:30PM and the doors will open at  5PM.

For tickets, visit our ticketing page or call us directly at 347-294-0092 for tickets and more information.


Click on the map for a detailed street view.

The Show Goes On

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Quantum Thoughts
16 Oct 2010


Due to an unexpected shut-down of The Bleecker Street Theater, Sam Eaton’s Quantum Eye – Mentalism and Magic Show will be moving to short-term venues in the Village until we can move back home.

In its fifth year of performances, The Quantum Eye has performed in dozens of different venues, ranging from 2,000 seat theaters to cabarets.  So these temporary moves will not lessen the show in any way.

Our regular Saturday shows usually start at 5PM.  But, temporarily, our shows now will begin at 5:30PM with pre-show magic and mentalism starting at 5PM so that any straglers can find us.

For tickets, visit our ticketing page or call us directly at 347-294-0092 for tickets and more information.


Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Quantum Thoughts
29 Jun 2008

Pronounced nee-mon-iks, MNEMONICS are either verbal or visual cues used to help one remember otherwise difficult-to-remember information. Nature provides few of us with eidetic memory (total recall), but by using mental tools such as mnemonics, memory can be greatly enhanced. They work through the use of repetition and associations between easy-to-remember facts paired with pattern-poor facts. Using this tool, in a specific situation, one can simulate a “photographic” memory. The best way to illustrate this is to demonstrate:

Strong Brain

We remember which direction to set our clocks when Daylight Saving Time arrives with the mnemonic: Full Story »

Perception and the Letter “F”

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Puzzles, Quantum Thoughts
21 Feb 2008

Look at the text below and quickly count the number of “F”s you see.

Effs,  Optical Illusion, Perception

Some people see only four. Most see five. Some get six. Very few see seven,
which is the correct number. Really, go back & count again, slower this time.
We are not as observant as we think…

Pick a card any card.

Maybe They Are Still Out To Get Me

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Connections, Quantum Thoughts
2 Feb 2008

I’ve said before, I’m not a conspiracy theory buff, but I do like collecting “secret” society facts. Previously I documented a few of my favorites: The Knights Templar, The Bilderbergs, The Council on Foreign Relations, The Freemasons, Opus Dei, The Illuminati and The Order of Skull and Bones. While there are many other real ones I could mention, I thought you might be interested in three of my favorite fictional ones:


International Order of Friendly Sons of the Raccoons
Also known as the International Order of Loyal Raccoons, or at times, the Royal Order of Raccoons, Full Story »

Barber Shops and Quantum Computers

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Quantum Thoughts
26 Jan 2008

I love discovering the words behind the words we use. Many phrases begin to lose their connection to a literal meaning as society and technology progress. For example: to drop a dime is not as recognizable a way to inform on someone in a day of quarter pay phones and cell phones, and when you dial the police to make that call, you probably aren’t using a dial, but a keypad, touch screen or your voice.


Words and their evolution of meaning and use surround us. Full Story »

Enjoy The Show Or Else

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Quantum Thoughts
19 Jan 2008

In an attempt to clarify the connection between laughter and health, a study was conducted on nursing mothers and their newborn children. They were shown either a Charlie Chaplin movie (a silent film eliminated language as a variable) or unexciting weather footage. Two feedings later, those children whose moms had shown visible signs of humor (they laughed) had reduced allergic reactions and when tested, their mothers’ milk had increased levels of a hormone associated with relaxation.

Charlie ChaplinBoring Map

So, even if you aren’t breast feeding, laugh for at least 15 minutes today. It’s probably good for you!

Blue Mondays

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Quantum Thoughts
12 Jan 2008

Synaesthesia is a neurological condition that causes one to experience sensory “crosstalk” such as the perception of numbers having a color or words having a flavor. Many artists throughout history whose pictures or words seem to inspire other senses are being revisited with this condition in mind. Perhaps your favorite author’s metaphors were more literal than you thought and when you hear beautiful prose or see vivid imagery, the author is in fact speaking to your inner synaesthete.

“My real hair color is kind of a dark blonde. Now I just have mood hair.” – Julia Roberts

Red Face

Recent research suggests that this fascinating and rare condition Full Story »

Who Gets the Cheese?

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Quantum Thoughts
5 Jan 2008

Sometimes the human brain’s amazing ability to find patterns becomes a disadvantage when it works to find meaning where none exists.

An experiment was conducted competing two groups of subjects, 50 human college students of average IQ and 50 mature rats of untested IQ.


A monitor was set up behind a food pellet dispenser. A dot would Full Story »

Not Simply Simon

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Quantum Thoughts
29 Dec 2007

Usually a name is more than a name. For example, the name of the villainous character, Simon Bar Sinister, in the cartoon series Underdog certainly seems dark enough to be our hero’s nemesis, but there is more to it than that.

Do Not ListenDo Not Listen

First, the origin of the name Simon can be traced to a Hebrew word meaning “listening.” A simple enough hidden meaning.

Second, the Bar Sinister, which has a much more obscure hidden Full Story »

Maybe They Are Out To Get You

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Connections, Quantum Thoughts
27 Jul 2007

I’ve never been one to believe in conspiracy theories. As a general rule, we’re not very good at keeping secrets and as more people get involved, it becomes exponentially more difficult to keep those secrets. With that in mind, here are some of my favorite well-documented “secret” societies:


The Knights Templar
They have achieved more Hollywood fame Full Story »

Not-So Quantum Eye

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Quantum Thoughts
20 Jul 2007


Does your gaze betray you? Full Story »

Born on Friday the 13th

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Quantum Thoughts
13 Jul 2007

I was born on Friday the 13th and have suffered from a lifelong case of paraskavedekatriaphilia (A love of Friday the 13th), not to be confused with a simple case of triskaidekaphilia (love of the number 13) Full Story »

My Favorite Veridical Paradox

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Puzzles, Quantum Thoughts
29 Jun 2007

I love situations that challenge our “Common” Sense.”

Imagine you are dressed as a giant chicken and a crowd of strangers, each dressed more strangely than you, are all shouting their opinions, but the decision is up to you. Monty Hall himself has said that a car is behind one of the three curtains before you. Goats are behind the other two. After much crowd urging, you select curtain number 2. Instead of showing you what is behind your curtain, Monty shows you the goat behind curtain number 3 and then says, “Do you want to stay with curtain number 2 or do you want to switch to what is behind curtain number 1?”


Given that Monty knows Full Story »

Under: Quantum Thoughts
22 Jun 2007

Galileo Galilei was born on February 15th, 1564, in Tuscany. He almost committed to entering the priesthood.  But, under the urging of his father, the famous music theorist Vincenzo Galilei, pursued mathematics. It would be difficult to overstate the contributions he then made to our ability to measure and correctly interpret the universe. Albert Einstein honored him by calling him the “father of modern science.”  Galileo pioneered the use of quantitative experiments whose results could be analyzed and replicated as opposed to the qualitative or subjective observations that were in common use. Considering the attitudes of his time, he was extraordinarily able to change his view of the universe based on his measured observations.

Galileo Galilei

On this date in 1633, Galileo Galilei was required by the Holy Office Full Story »

Ignoring the Contrary

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Puzzles, Quantum Thoughts
15 Jun 2007

One of the most frustrating exercises in human interaction can be arguing with someone who simply ignores or discounts any evidence that might contradict their opinion. It can be sobering to realize that we are all guilty of this faulty logic. We have a strong predisposition to what is called the Ubiquitous Confirmation Bias.The variation on the Watson Card Selection Task that follows is a wonderful illustration of this bias. Try it on yourself and share it with the loved ones you argue with the most: Each of the cards below has a letter on one side and a number on the other. Which two should be turned over to give you the most information on evaluating the following statement?

“If there is an S on one side, there is a 3 on the other”

Watson Card Selection Test

Integrating the Contrary:

75% choose the S and 3. They believe that if the S has a 3 and Full Story »

The 10% Solution

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Quantum Thoughts
8 Jun 2007

We’ve all heard it: “You only use 10% of your brain.”

10 Percent Brain

Given the kinds of demonstrations I perform, some audience Full Story »

The June 1st Conspiracy

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Connections, Quantum Thoughts
1 Jun 2007

June 1st is the 152nd day of the year and the beginning of the U.S. National Accordion Awareness month, which celebrates an instrument that Mahatma Gandhi played as a child and who delivered a speech at Jamshedpur province in India, where actor R. Madhavan was born on June 1st, an actor who eventually came to star in the UTV show, Deal Ya No Deal, the Indian version of Deal or No Deal, which in the U.S. is hosted by Howie Mandel, who, in his first film role in the Canadian movie, Gas, co-starred with Donald Sutherland, who voiced a character in Simpsons episode 152, a series which included Treehouse of Horror XVI, which had a character voiced by Dennis Rodman, who was considered a personal hero by basketball player Tyrone Nelson, who was born in Washington County, Texas, which had a population of 23,103 (the square-root of which is 152) in 1870, the year in which the YWCA was founded in New York, the sister organization to the YMCA, which was celebrated in song by The Village People, who included a member who dressed as a Police officer and sang in the movie, The Wiz, which was based on the novels of L. Frank Baum, which were turned into the movie, The Wizard of Oz, in which The Wizard was played by the actor Frank Morgan, who was born on June 1st…

The 138th Day Conspiracy

Posted by: Sam Eaton
Under: Connections, Quantum Thoughts
18 May 2007

The 138th day of the year is also the episode number of The Simpsons’ “138th Episode Spectacular”, during the opening of which the family runs to a couch in a parody of M. C. Escher’s Relativity, which was created in 1953, the same year that David Gest was born and who regularly celebrates his birthday in a Roman themed celebration of the Ancient Roman festival of Faunus (May 18th, or the 138th day of the year in non-leap years) which was adapted from the Ancient Grecian Celebration of Pan which occurs on the 138th day of the year and whose name appears in the Simpsons episode entitled “Goo Goo Gai Pan” which guest starred Robert Wagner who also starred in the Austin Powers movies which owe much to the ground-breaking television series Get Smart which ran for 138 episodes and ended on the day the Ford Pinto was released, a car which is attacked by a rabies infected dog in the movie Cujo whose author, Stephen King, played in the band Rock Bottom Remainders with Matt Groening who was born in Portland, Oregon which, by the year 2014 is estimated to have a population of 2,628,072, a number whose cubed root is 138…