Sai Baba relied heavily on sleight of hand while our versions rely on sleight of words as well as staged events.
In particular I would direct the readers attention to the video purporting to show a talking photograph-there are various software programs capable of doing this-one in particular I am familiar with is Crazy Talk-and I invite all to do a net search for it-I believe they even offer a trail version.
As with all illusionists it is about misdirection, an attempt to distract the audience from reality in order to perform the “magic”. Kind of like the Peltier and WK2 thing.
We’ve seen a lot of this over the years-the lingrams offered are Sundances and ceremonies intended to grant an air of legitimacy, regurgitated “republics”, and an attempt to introduce the metaphysics of New Age doctrine into our own belief systems, not to mention the obligatory rhetoric to stir the faithful. BS is said to be transmutated into gold and presented as a “spiritual” provenance.
That green lame turban from Auntie Lupita days comes into focus now, as do concho laden headbands and that distant faraway look meant I assume to project that “spiritual” waters run deep whether they are tinged red with blood or not.
The recent CWS conference was apparently seen as opportunity to work the magic again- unfortunately for them it fell flat, as the verbal fingers necessary are no longer so nimble in the light of what has become known-they haven’t enough folds in the garments they wear to conceal the objects they will present.
A part of the stage show is to rely on the innocence of believers-their desire to believe, a history of poverty and abuse that in many ways compels them to-having secured that, the door is open to manipulation-it is a door that should be closed allowing these fakirs and snake charmers no entry.
Many things are wrong- we need to understand “somebody” is each of us.