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After reading all the comment about messing with cards or coins on a college campus, I figured I'd try it out at my college.
Unfortunately I've yet to have any luck. Iv'e tried in the Caféteria, an empty lecture hall waiting for class to start (half an hour before hand- there were lots of people there), and sitting in a popular hangout hallway with lots of people around.

It's almost as if all the other students are too busy looking at their phones, or laptops, or videochatting (or occasionally studying....occasionally).
Has anyone else ever encountered this problem? I don't think the issue here is that what I'm doing isn't eye catching. In the past, when siblings had friends over, or when a relative or someone from the neighborhood stopped by, they would always react even if only with a change in facial expression, even if they don't know me well and I wasn't using the most attention drawing flourishes or oddities.
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Great topic/thread gotta keep it alive.

Does anyone else have review on grants book the approach?

Lastly, I am in the same boat. Developing routines,leaning new tricks, figuring out my style. I have been practicing on family and children. But I need to go out in public. Trying to decide if senior home or children's environment would be better. I can't decide which environment or age range would be better. Seems like a senior home would have a better arrangement/possibility for larger group show? Or would a hospital with more private performances be better?

Someone mentioned goodwill- I wonder what the setting would entail for that choice?
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If you are following the route of children's entertainment, an avenue to pursue would be the local elementary school. Most kindergarten classes have an end of the year party and having a magician perform for their celebration would be a special treat. This would five a great opportunity to perform for a live audience and break in new tricks.

Performing for senior adult facilities can be problematic. My dad was in a very controlled environment due to Alzheimer's. Though my heart goes out to the patients in these facilities, I would not recommend performing there.

I would recommend the assisted living facilities. In these facilities the residents are not severely physically or mentally challenged and are very receptive to live entertainment.
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Bumping this thread to see if anyone has a review of the approach, very interested in this but a expensive purchase of its not that good.
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Thanks Opus. Should really use search a bit more 😮
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I'm relatively new to serious magic, but I've found many practice opportunities at big box stores and at smaller convenience stores. If performing for the clerk, I wait until there is no one else in line. At the big box stores, or 24 hour supermarkets, it is fairly easy to find someone stocking shelves etc. You'll be surprised at how often they will thank you for showing them a trick. It can be the highlight of their day.
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