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The key villain in the Sherlock episode His Last Vow the visuals constantly suggest that Magnussen has some form of electronic assistance to recall key facts that he can use to "leverage" influence over people in power.

We clearly see that Sherlock himself suspects that Magnussen has such a device but shows that it is not present, Google Glass-like, in his spectacles.

In the end Magnussen claims there are no files and there is no device. Is his claim credible? Were there no devices and no physical records of the blackmail material?

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The text Magnussen sees does have a slight bend, like it's displayed on a curved surface. - But later, when Sherlock takes the glasses to inspect them, and we see Magnussen continue "texting", the text is not bend anymore. –  Oliver_C Jan 13 at 14:12
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The 'Google-glass' on screen imagery is yet another misdirection to make you believe Magnussen is utilizing such technology.

The on screen text displays is revealed to be nothing other than Magnussen's own way of interfacing with his 'mind palace', a visual device to explain that he is mining his categorically stored memories for information.

Sherlock does the same thing, but the interface manifests in a different style. enter image description here

If Sherlock himself is capable of the mind-palace technique, there is no reason to suspect others are not capable of it.

The episode was largely about underestimation, both of Magnussen and of Mary.

Magnussen's lack of tangible 'files' and 'evidence' is his ultimate protection. In the age of the Leveson inquiry, it has been revealed that hard evidence is the most damning thing to possess, and can easily backfire against its possessor.

The character of Magnussen was no doubt a commentary on this, and in this case his doomsday device was nothing other than his Eidetic memory.

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+1 just for the use of the word "eidetic" (but a good explanation as well). –  matt_black Jan 13 at 0:21
    
Although, Magnussen did keep a video of John's bonfire incident. And he kept Lady Smallwood's letters (he flashed them to Sherlock). So it seems like he does keep physical evidence. –  Oliver_C Jan 13 at 14:20
    
@Oliver_C So if he does keep physical evidence, where does he keep it? –  matt_black Jan 13 at 15:01
    
@Oliver_C the letters may be fake. –  tintinmj Jan 13 at 18:30
    
@Oliver_C I also picked up on that bonfire incident video, it was odd. I assumed the video was from youtube or some hosting website that someone had posted though. It was curious, though. –  John Smith Optional Jan 13 at 19:42
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my theories:

a) he has contact lenses that are electronic somehow.

b) he is a robot - the words loose bend bc the glasses caused the bend. contact lenses would probably do the same so the only thing left is he is a robot and the words are straight because his eyes are not real. The "dead" in his eyes is bc he is not human, or maybe only partially so.

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Interesting theories but do you have sources? This site is about verified answers rather than theories. –  Liath Feb 13 at 12:38
    
How did he die from a gunshot if he was robot? And please you are not writing sms, so refrain from using shorthand like bc. –  tintinmj Feb 13 at 18:03
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