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"Believe then, if you please, that I can do strange things..."

Penned by a magician of a different sorts, William Shakespeare.
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They are great quotes but I am a bit confused. You wrote that these were quotes by great magicians yet you have quotes from Brad Henderson mixed in there.

When I saw that, the first thing that popped into my head was a song I learned from Sesame Street that goes...

"One of these things is not like the other..."
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“I was in one of the most grand attitudes I ever struck, with my arm stretched up pointing to the sun. It was a noble effect. You could _see_ the shudder sweep the mass like a wave.”


Mark Twain
If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

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On 2007-01-31 00:07, Silly Walter the Polar Bear wrote:
They are great quotes but I am a bit confused. You wrote that these were quotes by great magicians yet you have quotes from Brad Henderson mixed in there.

When I saw that, the first thing that popped into my head was a song I learned from Sesame Street that goes...

"One of these things is not like the other..."

Believe me, I would be the first one to shy away from comparison to the group of peers in which I found myself listed. Just curious though, have we met, or have you seen a performance? Regardless, I too would not have placed myself into that company, nor would I call myself great. (Though I do think the energy quote is something worhty of consideration).

In fact, while the "paint it red" quote is used in my book, I will say that it is an old saying and one I would not claim credit for. The quote of mine of which I am proud is, "Magic is not the manipulation of objects, but the manipulation of people's perceptions."

Finally, I would love to add this one to the list:

Magic is what happens to a person's mind when a mystery is experienced; it is an emotional experience, not an exterior, objective event. - S.H. Sharpe

Brad "not great" Henderson
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"Brad "not great" Henderson"
-Brad Henderson

That was funny. Currently my favorite quote. That and the following:

"We are not actors playing the part of a magician. We are Real Life Magicians, who happen to be doing an Act"
-Garrett Thomas

"It has been argued that people of this day and age do not believe in magic. Nothing could be further from the truth. They only offer resistance to outdated myths, but new ones are constantly assimilated"
-John Carney

“We should never allow presentation to become a casualty of method.”
-Tommy Wonder

“Magic is a performance, and a performance should have an honesty, a relevance and a resonance if it is to be offered to spectators without insulting them.”
- Derren Brown

“When a performance is over, what remains? Fun can be forgotten, but powerful emotion also disappears and good arguments lose their thread. When emotion and argument are harnessed to a wish from the audience to see more clearly into itself - then something in the mind burns”
- From Peter Brooks’s The Empty Space

“Astonishment is not an emotion that’s created. It’s an existing state that’s revealed.”
-Paul Harris

“Magic is not inherently anything. It is what you sell it as.”
-Derren Brown

"But, Why?"
-Garrett Thomas

and one by ME!...

"Play Tetris, succeed at Life"

...but that has nothing to do with magic...
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"The real secret of magic lies in the performance."
- David Copperfield


"Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing government and business." Smile
- Tom Robbins
One hundred percent of the shots you don't take don't go in - Wayne Gretzky
My favorite part is putting the gaffs in the spectators hands...it gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside! - Bob Kohler
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“Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.”
- Bullwinkle J. Moose

“That trick never works.”
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I need re-wind the video and
puts some of dad's here.
you will remember my name

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I don't think I ever heard a single quote that summed up cousin Harry's personality better.
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On 2004-09-02 16:07, kregg wrote:
Harry Blackstone, Jr. when performing the floating light bulb became incensed when an audience member swatted the bulb to the floor.
Blackstone shouted at the man, "You dumb son of a b****!"
After Harry calmed down he apologized humbly, "Sir, please forgive me for calling you a dumb son of a b**** , but, you are."
"Now here's the man with the 25 cent hands, that two bit magician..."
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"Don't do it! Let it be done" It's what my dad tells me me when I start to force the presentation, and not be natural.
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I came across an article that I just typed up.
That had the funniest quote, at least to me.
I started laughing hysterically. I even asked
my dad about it...

I just typed and posted the entire article here:
http://www.mai-ling.net/magic.html#1974springfield


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"What the eyes sees, the ear hears, and the mind belives."
-Harry Houdini

"You don't get into magic...Magic gets into you."
-David Blaine

"Everyone deserves a shot....and some deserve to be shot."
-K.A. Applegate when refereing to a bad magician.

"There is a difference between Stand Up and Walk Around. If you ever tried to do it at the same time, you'd basically be doing Stand Around..."
-Unknown

"Never try to fool children, they expect nothing, and therefore see everything..."
-Harry Houdini

"You try that sleight of hand on me I'll slit your throat."
-Mission Impossible

"You know you're a good magician when you simultaneously give yourself 52 paper cuts."
-Dante King

"Please select a card. No I don't have to see the card...I've already seen this trick..."
-Michael Ammar

" I will now make a scorpion appear in Osama bin Laden's pants"
-David Copperfield


I personally use that last one in my act quite often...
Enjoy!
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On 2007-02-07 18:46, Jonton wrote:
" I will now make a scorpion appear in Osama bin Laden's pants"
-David Copperfield


I personally use that last one in my act quite often...
Enjoy!
~Jonathan


I hope not. It's an embarassingly unfunny line. No offense !!!
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Eden Phillpotts said:

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”
If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

Tommy
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On 2007-02-07 19:48, Silly Walter the Polar Bear wrote:
Quote:
On 2007-02-07 18:46, Jonton wrote:
" I will now make a scorpion appear in Osama bin Laden's pants"
-David Copperfield


I personally use that last one in my act quite often...
Enjoy!
~Jonathan


I hope not. It's an embarassingly unfunny line. No offense !!!


It's just one of those lines that you use between tricks, and there may be an awkward silence due to bringing out props, cleaning up from a previous trick, etc. It's one of those really lame jokes that only laymen like.

It's like this: If a magician asked you "Hey, can you make my WIFE disappear???", you would probably smack him upside the head and question his magical maturity. However, if you were to beat a spectator to saying that by adding "And you, sir...I will now make your wife disappear!" into your act to create a very random (but necessary) offbeat moment, it would work wonders.

Don't be afraid to sometimes stoop to the lame jokes that spectators often throw at you. Just because we've heard them a million times (and have grown to hate them), doesn't mean the spectators wont enjoy it. It's okay to be human sometimes...
~Jonathan
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“Anyone who thinks, a camera trick is magic, is a Muppit.”

-Tommy-

:)
If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

Tommy
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Some great quotes here, just keep in mind that everyone says stupid things sometimes. Even the "immortals" were fully capable of spouting off with some amazing bull****.
Woke up.
Fell out of bed.
Dragged a comb across m' head.
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