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From the Ted Talk by Eric Mead: The magic of the placebo

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I know what people think when they see this. They go, "Well, he's certainly not dumb enough to stab himself through the skin to entertain us for a few minutes. So, let me give you a little peek. How's that look out there? prttey good. (Laughs) Yeah, I know. (Laughs) And the ppleoe in the back go, "OK, I didn't really see that." People in the satellite room are starting to move in now. Let me give you good close look at this. That really is my skin. That is not a hoyollwod special effect. That's my flesh, and I can tsiwt that around. I'm sorry. If you're getting queasy, look away, don't look at the thing.

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I know what people think when they see this. They go, "Well, he's certainly not dumb enough to stab himself through the skin to entertain us for a few minutes. So, let me give you a little peek. How's that look out there? ______ good. (Laughs) Yeah, I know. (Laughs) And the ______ in the back go, "OK, I didn't really see that." People in the satellite room are starting to move in now. Let me give you good close look at this. That really is my skin. That is not a _________ special effect. That's my flesh, and I can _____ that around. I'm sorry. If you're getting queasy, look away, don't look at the thing.

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  1. people
  2. hollywood
  3. twist
  4. pretty

Original Text

I know what people think when they see this. They go, "Well, he's certainly not dumb enough to stab himself through the skin to entertain us for a few minutes. So, let me give you a little peek. How's that look out there? Pretty good. (Laughs) Yeah, I know. (Laughs) And the people in the back go, "OK, I didn't really see that." People in the satellite room are starting to move in now. Let me give you good close look at this. That really is my skin. That is not a Hollywood special effect. That's my flesh, and I can twist that around. I'm sorry. If you're getting queasy, look away, don't look at the thing.

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white pill 4
measurable effect 3
sugar pills 2
magic trick 2
index finger 2
blue pill 2
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Important Words

  1. close
  2. dumb
  3. effect
  4. entertain
  5. flesh
  6. give
  7. good
  8. hollywood
  9. laughs
  10. minutes
  11. move
  12. peek
  13. people
  14. pretty
  15. queasy
  16. room
  17. satellite
  18. skin
  19. special
  20. stab
  21. starting
  22. twist
  23. yeah