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drosenbe0813
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I have been using your watch routine to great effect in my show. The other day I was about to go into it at a paid show, when I looked down and realized that I had forgotten to put on my 'swatch' watch (which IS perfect for the effect.) Not to fear, after watching your DVD many times, I searched around the room and the birthday boy (80 year old) was wearing an analog watch. I also protected myself by choosing one of the few children in the room to handle the watch and I 'pushed' the stem in.

It was even more amazing because it was the special person's watch and the little boy moved the time around.

Thank you Richard for a truly great routine.
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9 times out of 10 I will borrow a watch. it really does add to the effect.

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Yes, I ALWAYS borrow the watch now. I do have an analog watch that I wear, but I have not used it in over 2 years!
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I have always borrowed the watch for this as it looks 100% stronger. It leaves the person with a lasting momento of that performance. Every time they look at their watch they will remember hwat magic YOU performed with it. There is also a direct link in here to PK Time from Banachek, which I always follow up with.

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I too borrow the watch, but I look before the show who is wearing a good one
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And, of course, always make sure the person spinning the watch is not the owner.
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Richard, a question about the watch routine:

In a more informal situation, how do you write and then reveal the prediction? I love the blackboard in the show, it really hits the audience. The couple of times I've done the routine I've scrawled it on a piece of paper and then turned it over...not quite as dramatic. Any ideas?

Thank you once again, for being here, and for making my magic better than I thought it could ever be.

Adam
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Adam,

I just use my little trusty center tear pad to write the prediction on! I trace over the writing a couple of times to make it as dark and thick as possible.

I try to borrow a business card, but use my own if necessary. I have even used a sheet from the pad to do it. The heavier paper of our pads makes this work easily.

Hope that answers it!

Richard
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Ever since reading Eugene Burger's Performance of Close Up Magic I have loved the Bert Allerton method of printing that Eugene utilizes for his aspirin tin routine. I've always written the time that way. The reaction is a bit different, usually "what does that say? Oh wow! It looks like a digital watch!".
If you write it large enough, it can be seen for further away than just printing the numbers on the paper.
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