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ahattrick
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Hello!
While I'm not exactly new to magic (have been practicing for over 2 years now), I have my first real large live audience performance coming up in a few weeks (around 400 people). I am mainly a card magician, I have around 5 to 8 minutes to do my act, and my act will be my version of the Chicago opener (it has some elements of ambitious card as well and some improve/flourishs that I threw in) and Regeneration by Bloke Vogt. I will have a camera so everyone can see me do the card tricks, but I feel that I need a quick and catchy opener that preferably doesn't require the whole deck so I can go right into the Chicago. It doesn't have to be hard or even include cards or the use of the camera, I was wondering if any of you had any suggestions for something to jump start into the act. Something I could do walking on or setting up possibly that looks impressive and is relatively quick to do or had any other suggestions on the matter.

Thanks!
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You could always start with a bit of rope magic. Very visual, not too difficult. It may require a bit of practice, but you could get a few moves for an opener down in a few weeks no problem.
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Have you considered some type of production, like the 4 aces, then go into an effect using the Aces.
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The I Hate David Copperfield Trick is a good visual effect.
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Open with an electric deck to break the ice to warm the crowd...
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With a large crowd, I have three soft plush fish that I can throw out to choose three people. They choose a card (number, color, suit), and use the Invisible Deck.

Put the deck down and catch the fish as they throw them back. Pick the cards back up (deck switch) and launch into your nexg routine.

Ed
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On 2013-01-19 16:14, Ed_Millis wrote:
With a large crowd, I have three soft plush fish that I can throw out to choose three people. They choose a card (number, color, suit), and use the Invisible Deck.

Put the deck down and catch the fish as they throw them back. Pick the cards back up (deck switch) and launch into your nexg routine.

Ed


Like it! Thank you for sharing.

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Cardiography........
ahattrick
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Thanks for the ideas everyone! I definitely liked "I hate David Copperfield", that's a nice easy opener, but I think I'm gonna go with Ed with the invisible Deck. I like that idea a lot, its a good, powerful effect. Of course, if you still have any suggestions on openers for a large crowd feel free to post, I'm always looking for something new to learn or try!
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I start a lot of times pulling a silk from
my vest and changing it to a cane.its flashy
and great visual magic to get the audences attention.
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Best of luck to you.
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A 4x4 perfect square goes really over really well as a opener, it tells the audience that you know what doing and makes them think that you're a genius.
Are you watching closely?
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How did it go?
What did you open with?
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I would say that you want to have something that many audience members can play a role in for your opening. I can't think of any specifacs ,but you want to do something visual that hopefully includes spectators

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Invisible deck for 400 people ?
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For those of you wondering, I ended up doing a gambling trick which involved pulling out various cards from an unopened pack that ended with the 4 aces, followed by my version of the Chicago opener, and ended with Regeneration. The show went wonderfully! And I managed to pick up some more gigs from it. Thanks for all the advice!
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For larger crowds I like to loosen the audience up a bit. Get them relaxed and let them know that they are going to be entertained and that my main objective is not to fool or deceive them. It helps me run smoother, takes the heat off and lets the audiences get to know me a little on the outset. Here is a link to my opener for larger crowds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9qLSxrZrRg

I then move right into Spoon Around as a magical opener.

For close up or walk around I will normally open with a simple TT silk vanish or Slow Motion Bill Transpo. Both are quick, attract interest and get the spectators asking for more.

Mark
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I open most all of my shows with Kevin James' Bowl-a-Rama.

Dan.
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I agree with Mark Jarvis, You want to relax the spectators. Also, the first and last things you show an audience are the things they remember best.
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Ha ha Mark Jarvis. I watched your opening 'trick'. Brilliant. I see how that helps the audience realise they're there for fun/entertainment most of all. Thanks for posting it.
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