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Topic: What is Your Favorite Effect to Perform?
Message: Posted by: Kent Wong (Jun 16, 2005 12:51PM)
I didn't really know where to post this topic since it deals with ALL areas of magic. The post also is not directed to beginners, but to all magicians of every age and experience. Having said that, here goes ...

There are many tricks that get HUGE audience reaction, but really aren't that exciting for the magician to perform. We continue to perform these tricks because they are commercial effects that our audiences want to see. In other words, we continue to play the role of the magician.

Ideally, an effect will make us FEEL like we are performing real magic and will be performed often to the utter amazement of the spectators. These are the effects that find a permanent place in our shows.

However, there are also those effect that we just love to practice, but we don't get to perform very often. Some of these effects may require a stage or special environment. In our minds, we KNOW these are extremely powerful effects and in our hearts they make us FEEL like we are performing real magic. These effects become our pet projects, but they may seldom see the light of day. These are the effects I am curious about. What effects do you have that fall into this category?

By asking this question, I'm hoping to develop some discussion that may help move the effect into that ideal category of tricks that is performed all the time. Thanks.

Message: Posted by: unilogo (Jun 16, 2005 01:33PM)
Great thread!

Personally I am a commercial effects W***e!If at any point the audience feels like they have "seen" magic and they are touched by it to the point where they think about it for hours,days or the rest of their lifes. I am a made man.

Are those exciting for me. YES!!!!

Seeing that smile on that innocent kid or girl, or a hardcore man crying and in total shock and being totally horrified by what he is witnessing. Just makes it all worth it.

I don't care if I practice an effect for hours if I am never gonna use it.If we aren't even closed to feeling prepared with something enough to perform it as fun as it is in practice then its probably not worth going to the repetoir.It's not magic in anyones eyes.

More direct and straight out to the topic.

I am IN LOVE with the effect known as "haunted deck." I have tried everything from loops to every single working of about a couple hundred magicians(no exaggerating). It requires lighting, special occasion and a complete destructive patter routine. Mixing them is a PAIN. Trust me. As it looks right now the only one I have yet to get is "spooked" and I hear some good things about it with some improvements but still limitations. Hopefully once I get that it will be possible for me to finally peform it more often. Yet I never feel comfortable enough with the patter so a lot of practice does go into it and definetly falls into your category.
Message: Posted by: tbaer (Jun 16, 2005 09:11PM)
If a lot of people post their thread, there will be a lot of variety of effects. I have many favorites, but if I have to choose one, I would say "copper, silver, brass transposition."
Message: Posted by: sjdavison (Jun 17, 2005 04:51AM)
For me, the effect I enjoy performing most is revealing the name of a close friend/family member. It is different every time, which keeps me on my toes, I can cold read about the person and tell them the relationship without them saying anything (again keeping me on my toes), tell them just a letter within the word and hit, and when I finally reveal them the name, it is a very personal effect, and totally impossible.

'Real' magic/mindreading, all just using the PCT. Doesn't get better than that for me.

Message: Posted by: The Dragon (Jun 17, 2005 08:39AM)
Yup its hard to find something that is close to your heart. But, usually the ones that gives off most impact are the ones that are commercialized, or what the audiences want to see. I mean tricks are made because the people want to see it! Besides, it's kinda like ppl finds it entertaining due to the fact that they do not know the trick behind it. To perform, you need to KNOW what's that trick behind it, and it no longer becomes something that you would enjoy as well.

But hey, don't you get entertained and excited by the looks on their faces? =)

My 2 cents.

Message: Posted by: Corey Harris (Jun 17, 2005 10:18AM)
I have two that I have really started using a lot recently on people The first one is Larry Jennings "Impossible" This blows people away. The other is my own creation with a signed coin vanishing and appearing in the lighter that has been in their view the entire time.
Message: Posted by: unilogo (Jun 17, 2005 12:17PM)
Hey corey is that serendipity , the lighter effect? The same concept?IF you know about it.....I'm thinking of buying that.
Message: Posted by: Reis O'Brien (Jun 17, 2005 01:11PM)
Being a card-man, and preferring to use a clean deck (borrowed if possible) I love performing Doc Daley's Last Trick and then going into Geminii Twins. Those two effects, especially together, have never failed me.
Message: Posted by: Kent Wong (Jun 17, 2005 10:24PM)
For me, the cups and balls is the key trick that really makes me feel like a magician - and the reactions I get from the audience us amazing. It took over 8 months to develop, practice and perfect the routine to a point where I was happy with it. Now, I perform it every opportunity I can.

The only limitation I have with it is the fact that I either use a servant or a body load for the final production items. Sometimes, this means sensitive angles and limited circumstances in which I can do it.

I thought about working from a pouch, but I didn't like the idea of continually going to the bag.

Message: Posted by: mouliu (Jun 17, 2005 10:34PM)
I'm trying doing kid shows. Lat time I got huge reaction performing ball on silk. Before I though it was kind of silly and was not willing to perform it. Didn't expect the reaction is so good.

So, my lesson is, don't underestimate the potential of an apparently silly trick, vice versa.
Message: Posted by: hkwiles (Jun 18, 2005 06:51AM)
I've yet to find anyone who isn't amazed by Crazy Mans Handcuffs

and all you need is a couple of rubber bands and someone to show you how its done.

As they try to figure it out , do the bit where you let them hold one band between their thumbs whilst you do the dirty work.

Message: Posted by: The Magician (Jun 18, 2005 08:39AM)
Ambitious Card Routine
Message: Posted by: themagicofjoseph (Jun 18, 2005 01:51PM)
There are many effects I believe..it's all in presentation, but the one's I get the most WOW's on in my tablehopping are these. Spongeballs, Liquid Metal, The Closer, Pscyokenitic Time.

Also, in a old "Jaw Dropper" video I saw a seven penny trick that I use now, modified abit. After you place seven in their hand and one penatrates. I tell them, the reason why this penny came thru is because of its' magic, it can change right before your eyes, and I change it for a 3" penny. This gets WOWs' because, through out the routine they see "small" pennys and the size change is not expected, no one every saw or expects a GIANT penny.
Message: Posted by: Kent Wong (Jun 18, 2005 03:33PM)
On 2005-06-18 07:51, hkwiles wrote:
I've yet to find anyone who isn't amazed by Crazy Mans Handcuffs

and all you need is a couple of rubber bands and someone to show you how its done.

As they try to figure it out , do the bit where you let them hold one band between their thumbs whilst you do the dirty work.


If you really want to blow them away, after doing it a second time "in their hands", pretend that you are going to do it a third time. However, instead of actually doing it a third time, make one of the rubber bands apparently melt into the other. This effect can be found in vol. 1 of Dan Harlans Rubber Band Magic video series. The effect is called Melt.

Message: Posted by: samuelchong (Jun 18, 2005 06:26PM)
Ambitious Card Routine
Liquid Metal
3 Card Monte
Hardcore Packet
Oil and Water
Jacob Lee Last Trick
Card To Pocket
Message: Posted by: smartie_28 (Jun 22, 2005 07:23PM)
The card trick twins would have to be one of my favorite card tricks to perform for people, I have always gotten an amazing response from the spectators. I also love crazy man's handcuffs and then making one of them vanish/melt and then produce it from some very unexpected place.
Message: Posted by: amakar (Jul 14, 2005 11:10PM)
Milk Kort's All Outs Think Of A Card
Message: Posted by: magicmafia22 (Jul 16, 2005 07:04PM)
Pen through dollar
the raven
2 card monte
king rising
scotch and soda
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Jul 17, 2005 09:35AM)
Three Stylin'
Holy Moly
McDonald's Aces
Fiber Optics
Vitamine C
Limited Edition
Message: Posted by: Chris Miller (Jul 18, 2005 10:28AM)
There are many more effects, such as cups and balls, and deep astonishment which I would rather work with, but for pure performing happiness, I LOVE doing the Die Box for a bunch of kids. The frenzy of activity and interest and then the absolute quiet when the box is empty are priceless.
Message: Posted by: Joe Stone (Jul 18, 2005 01:56PM)
If you want to put a smile on someone's face, you can't go wrong with a d'lite..(or two)
Message: Posted by: Lukas (Jul 18, 2005 03:19PM)
My favourite one I use for close-up has got to be "You Do As I Do" and my best stage one is my silent linking rings Routine.

Message: Posted by: milamber (Jul 19, 2005 11:27AM)
Ambitious Card Routine (with 'PaperClipped' as the ending)
Torn (torn and restored card effect)
A Dream of Aces (a version of MacDonald's Aces)
Sh4de (a 4 coin matrix)
Ghost Bills (by Andrew Mayne)
Crazyman's Handcuffs
Message: Posted by: maiglesias (Jul 21, 2005 03:54PM)
The Professor's Nightmare
The ABC Blocks
Message: Posted by: lynnef (Jul 24, 2005 10:38AM)
Magic in the spectator's hands has always been met with amazement. So my favorites are :
1)spongeballs (or spongerabbits which I performed at a baby shower)
2) doc daleys last trick
3)svengali deck trick where their card and your card change places
and others of that category.
however magicman 845, you are asking more about the special pet projects (not close up?). A 'pet project' of mine (only in the mind) is to perform Houdini's metamorphosis in a modern setting. Can the plot and preparation be changed so that I could do it with minimum floor space, etc? This is an old routine; but I think it still has a lot of potential.
Message: Posted by: kihei kid (Jul 25, 2005 06:17AM)
My own version of Aldo Colombini's Snappy.
Message: Posted by: Bill Thomas (Jul 26, 2005 07:33AM)
I like a good card to wallet routine,

As many other effects come and go, these have always stayed with me.
Message: Posted by: Kent Wong (Jul 26, 2005 08:21AM)
The one effect that really makes me feel like a magician is the cups and balls. I've spent so much time and effort making the routine my own. I relish every reaction that the spectators give me during a performance and I just can't wait to perform them every chance I get.

The only difficulty for me though, is that I often perform parlour type shows for young children and the cups and balls don't fit nicely into my act. So, I don't get as many opportunities as I would like to perform this favourite effect.

Message: Posted by: lynnef (Jul 26, 2005 04:39PM)
I understand your original question more clearly now, magicman 845. I also perform for children (often kindergartners), even though I really love the card tricks. However I do perform things like color changing deck, etc for them. This is just a thought, but some magicians use live small animals in their cups and balls routines. (Lance Burton uses a white mouse named Petey, eg .... also I saw an Egyptian magician on tv use live baby chicks for his routine!) possible?
Message: Posted by: matinex (Jul 27, 2005 04:57PM)
I love performing Sankey's Back in Time. It always kills, and it's fun to do. Best of all, it requires no setup and the only sleight is a DL.

Message: Posted by: Essie (Aug 6, 2005 10:54PM)
I think the effect that I enjoy performing the most is the REAL floating card, simply because it looks as cool and impressive to me as it does to the spectators, and I don't have to worry about any really complicated moves or sleights. That said, I love doing any card effects that really blow people's minds. People's reactions when they are truly amazed are the main reason I enjoy doing magic.
Message: Posted by: pkg (Aug 7, 2005 04:20PM)
Cant remember where I read it or if I read it (and if anybody knows it please do tell me so I can mention it here) but I know I did it lol! was walking with my gf when we had this mushy moment, and I simply told her that she literaly makes me fly off the ground she gave me a cheeky smile and we kissed and as we did I "lifted" off the ground...wish I had someone video taping it you should've seen her eyes!! KILLER EFFECT! (elevator!!) I know it's kinda personal, but still one of my favorites ever! (it's all about magic right?)
Message: Posted by: Muggers (Aug 8, 2005 06:21PM)
Ha! That's classic! I may have to steal that one....
Message: Posted by: Herrick, Jeff (Aug 9, 2005 09:46AM)
Micro-Macro is my absolute favorite, it just puts the audience in their place, by that I mean they don't try to figure anything out anymore, they just enjoy the show.
Jefdgj( Sorry holding baby ) Jeff
Message: Posted by: dark kard (Aug 10, 2005 04:41PM)
The trick I like to perform the most seems to change all the time but the one I go back to most is acrobatic aces. Simple easy and hits hard.
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Aug 10, 2005 04:49PM)
Right now, my fav. effect is Jay Sankey's Color Blind. Totally self-working and easy to do. The effect really hits hard and seems so impossible. Color Blind does not use cards and it's in Jay's Greatest Hits.
Message: Posted by: milamber (Aug 10, 2005 05:47PM)
Another effect that I've done quite a bit recently is the "2 Card Monte" created by Blaine.

Ok,I'm joking, but you should have seen the look on your face! LOL

Seriously, I always get a good reaction when I perform the 2CM (I do the switch going from Aces to Jokers).

I've also been working on more impromptu non-card related material and have had great reactions with "Pinnacle" and "Ringlink Bros" (following CMH). The latter is an effect by Daniel Garcia and is the same as the first two phases of "Rubbermaid" that appears on vol. 1 of his new DVD series.

I've also been doing "Clipped" by Daniel Garcia, which is a visual melt/bend of a paperclip that appears in his lecture notes "NEXT", it has super easy handling and I always get a good reaction at my office.

Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Aug 10, 2005 06:02PM)
Well, looks like you got your DGP dvds real fast. I still haven't rec'd mine. Did you order from Daniel directly?
Message: Posted by: milamber (Aug 10, 2005 06:14PM)
By the way the paperclip effect is called "ClipTrip"... (not "Clipped", don't know what I was thinking).

"Well, looks like you got your DGP dvds real fast. I still haven't rec'd mine. Did you order from Daniel directly?"

Actually I learned the effects from his lecture notes, not the DVDs. However, I am working on a few things from the DVDs as well. :D

I pre-ordered the DVDs from Hocus Pocus and received them on Monday.

Message: Posted by: sayer (Aug 22, 2005 05:37PM)
Starry eyed surprise
Message: Posted by: Chris Bristow (Aug 24, 2005 01:33PM)
My favorite effect to perform is Invisible Palm Aces.
Message: Posted by: NCR (Aug 24, 2005 05:43PM)
I love doing crazy man's handcuffs and signed card to wallet, as both just seem so impossible. Penetration effects are also great for the same reason.