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TheAmbitiousCard
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On Feb 27, 2018, dizaster wrote:
Thanks for the input, everyone! I'm leaning toward something with coins or bills. Everyone carries those items, and they don't scream "Magic Props!" Smile

That's not a bad idea but the more experience you gain the less you will scream "newbie" and it won't matter what you start with.

I used to feel the same as you... that I didn't want to start with cards, etc. Now I just start with whatever I'm in the mood to use based on any number of factors.
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Just A Cup, Axel Hecklau. I have many small variations on the theme, it's well rehearsed so the patter is always upbeat with room for the crucial improvisations that come your way.
It has lots of impossible outcomes built in.
It's always met with bemusement, and amusement also as stated before, this establishes you as a professional while being personable.
You can't go wrong.
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Curious on a more theoretical level. If we're talking table hopping / strolling, I'm assuming a 3-4 effect set with maybe some quickie gags thrown in, and an overall performance time of no more than maybe 8-10 min.

As such, I've always looked for openers that are pretty quick. When I see proposals for effects like a Chop Cup, I think they may take too much time and (for me) are better "middlers" or maybe a closer.

I also look for an effect that is totally "in the hands," and requires zero, or very little, physical support from the spectator (i.e. holding something). From my perspective, the opener should get their attention, put them at ease, and entice them to want to see more. When you give them a "job" right off the bat, they are "locked in" and may feel a bit coerced, and thinking about a way out rather than focusing on the entertainment.

I tend to use: Coin flurry, 3 Fly, Bill change (1 or several), 4 of a kind card production, and sometimes when there are smaller childern, a silk vanish or color change

Again, these are just my thoughts regarding "openers." Any differing thoughts ?
Kaliix
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My openers where:
Crazy Man's Handcuffs
Sponge Ball Routine
Short Hop (Hopping Halfs)

If I got a card crowd
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Some people will pretend to pick up a pocket knife, ask them if they have lost this knife and then launch into a quick color changing knife routine.
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On Apr 11, 2018, paulalpha wrote:
Some people will pretend to pick up a pocket knife, ask them if they have lost this knife and then launch into a quick color changing knife routine.


Haha I think that is a terrible approach.
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On Apr 11, 2018, paulalpha wrote:
Some people will pretend to pick up a pocket knife, ask them if they have lost this knife and then launch into a quick color changing knife routine.


Haha I think that is a terrible approach.


Yea me too.
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On Apr 11, 2018, warren wrote:
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On Apr 11, 2018, paulalpha wrote:
Some people will pretend to pick up a pocket knife, ask them if they have lost this knife and then launch into a quick color changing knife routine.


Haha I think that is a terrible approach.


Yea me too.


It took a while but we eventually agreed on something Danny Smile
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Well I think it doesn't give them a choice and in a service related industry that is always a bad thing.
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Jambo
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I like to use Aberdeen thread as an opener.

Make out like theres thread off table cloth or chair etc
v.kapoor
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On Apr 29, 2018, Jambo wrote:
I like to use Aberdeen thread as an opener.

Make out like theres thread off table cloth or chair etc



Currently learning James' routine. How have the reactions been for this as an opener?
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On Feb 25, 2018, Pete Biro wrote:
THERE ARE TWO ROUTINES ON THIS CLIP. tHE COPPER/SILVER IS A GREAT OPENER. https://youtu.be/sbGWKc6V2vM


Hi Pete. I love your variation on B'Wave where you end clean. Where can I learn this version, or is just a matter of equivoque?
Thanks!
Jambo
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On Apr 29, 2018, Jambo wrote:
I like to use Aberdeen thread as an opener.

Make out like theres thread off table cloth or chair etc



Currently learning James' routine. How have the reactions been for this as an opener?




great reactions as if you do it unexpected and "off the cuff" it really surprises them
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For parlor type of show I open with a bottle production.
For strolling it is always Mental Photography deck. Quick, visual, no need for spectators to do anything, easy for me to evaluate reactions for future audience involvement
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On Apr 29, 2018, v.kapoor wrote:
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On Apr 29, 2018, Jambo wrote:
I like to use Aberdeen thread as an opener.

Make out like theres thread off table cloth or chair etc



Currently learning James' routine. How have the reactions been for this as an opener?


Cool, thanks!



great reactions as if you do it unexpected and "off the cuff" it really surprises them
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