Below you are going to find a series of photographs. If you've been doing magic for a while, they won't seem like much, but I encourage you to take a second look through the eyes of a layman. These images are strange and we, as magicians, have been desensitized to them.
Dead Animal in a Bag
Even out of the bag, Rocky the Raccoon can cause laymen to squirm. Whether he's in your close-up case, lying on the floor, or under a pile of books in your closet; until you pick him up, he looks like dead vermin.
In all honesty, Rocky is pretty disturbing until you realize what he really is: Dead animal flesh wrapped around a steel spring. Oh wait: still gross. But that's not going to stop us from using him because people love a good Rocky routine.
Individually Wrapped Million Dollar Bills
When a normal person is confronted with a Million Dollar Bill they ask themselves any number of questions: "Wait, how much is that worth" "Do those really exist?" "How many Quarter-Pounders with Cheese could I get with one of those?" But when a magician sees this, they're like, "Meh."
The truth is, whether you need it for a bill switch or just a sight gag, it"s good to know that they"re readily available and sealed for optimal freshness.
Severed Finger in Ziploc Bag
To a normal person this looks like something out of a crime scene, but to us, this is as common as cards or sponge balls.
Think about this for a moment, if you saw a human thumb in a little baggy on the street you would flip out. But I would wager that every one of you has at least one of these somewhere in your pile of magic stuff.
Criss Angel Not Wearing a Shirt
Why are we all so okay with this? This is the ultimate example of magician desensitization. Criss Angel so frequently forgets to put on his shirt that we don't even notice anymore. For example: If you met Criss Angel and I asked you afterward if he was wearing a shirt at the time, you'd probably answer, "Um... I don't really remember."
Maybe his stylist just doesn't let him wear shirts and if that's the case: Criss, I'm sorry. I'm sure you're half-cold. And if you ever truly need a shirt, you can always borrow one of mine: