I Crown You Miss Direction

My wife and I were watching season four of House Of Cards the other night (don’t worry, no spoilers here). At one point we had to pause the stream to figure out what the hell was actually going on.

There was what we knew to be true, which was different from what some of the characters believed to be true, but compounding it all was additional information that had only be suggested, but net yet confirmed.

As we sorted through the information in front of the frozen screen, it occurred to me that the writers were employing a complex implementation of the primary tool used by magicians. Although not physical “slight of hand,” nearly every plot line and twist we were trying to untangle was obscured by misdirection… and everyone was falling for it. […]