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Topic: What is the most outrageous explanation for your trick said by your spectator?
Message: Posted by: Batty (Jul 19, 2006 11:06AM)
We've all probably had a time when a spectator guesses how we do one of our magic tricks, and their explanations are so outrageous that it is funny.

The most outrageous solutions for my tricks had to come from a spectator who saw my hot rod. After he examined it, he guessed that I had six in my pocket for each color that they could pick and I switched them very quickly and that was why I was swinging the hot rod so quickly. Then, he thought there were little wires in the hot rod (it was even more funny because it was a clear hot rod). Then, he started making up random solutions that didn't make sense at all, like there was a bar running through the center of the hot rod.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jul 19, 2006 03:26PM)
Someone once pointed out that the hand is quicker than the eye, he used that explanation to explain the professors nightmare, and how I was able (in plain sight at all times) to switch three different sized ropes for three that were the same, and back!
Message: Posted by: Nachtzehrer (Jul 23, 2006 12:01PM)
The funniest one I had and I'll remember this for the rest of my life. A spectator that told me that he knew how the linking rings worked. the rings where made from a special metal made by NASA that would melt thru each other and leave no marks.

Believe me, this is true.
Message: Posted by: DanielSteep (Jul 23, 2006 12:12PM)
Haha that's funny!:)

Once I did a show at a school and went around to class rooms befor and after the show to answer questions.. well before the show one kid asked me if I was doing the illusion where you put to blades in the girl and slide her middle over.. I said no.. and the kid said okay that's good cause we were studying illusions last weekand our teacher told us it is all done with mirrors.. I just had to LOL right there but I held it in
Message: Posted by: Mallusionist (Aug 2, 2006 11:58AM)
I have a favorite effect where a spectator chooses a card, returns it to the deck, boxes the deck, and puts the deck in a microwave oven for a few seconds. When the warm deck is removed, all the cards have turned black except for the chosen card. I performed this at my office in the break room, and the woman I did the trick for insisted on keeping the black cards and leaving them in the refrigerator over night to "prove" that they would turn back to normal once they cooled off.

I found that very entertaining.
Message: Posted by: fonda57 (Aug 5, 2006 10:02AM)
One night I was doing some magic in a shopping mall and after producing four aces this one guy would just not believe I was not using a stripper deck.
Message: Posted by: Xargos (Aug 5, 2006 05:02PM)
Wow
Message: Posted by: makeupguy (Aug 12, 2006 06:09PM)
I used to do amsusent park shows... we did the subtrunk almost 1500 times one summer.. and the most heard"solution" was that there was a trap door under the stage..


How would that have helped?
Message: Posted by: The Drake (Aug 12, 2006 06:43PM)
I've laughed at people who had insisted that Copperfield flies by wearing a suit of N pole magnets and the same polar magnets are on the stage and that keeps him floating. The best by far was when a woman insisted she knew how it was done and when I asked her to explain she leaned over to me and whispered... " He's in league with the devil."

Best,

Tim
Message: Posted by: MintonMagic (Aug 13, 2006 01:00AM)
I performed in the talent show when I was in High School and I did a Dancing Cane Routine. After the show everyone was asking me questions and one guy "knew" how I did it. When asked he said that I had magnets surgically installed into my wrists and the cane was a huge magnet!
Message: Posted by: Paul Jester (Sep 18, 2006 02:26PM)
I think the best I've had was when vanishing a coin a man said to me I saw how you did that. I was rather surprised as I knew he couldn't have so I probed him further. He said that he saw me turn the coin over and the they couldn't see it. He thought it was a coin that you could see through when held one way and that it looked like a coin from the other side. I figured the guy had left his brain back at home, decided to confess it was true, and proceeded with a one coin flurry for my own entertainment, and that of those within ear shot.
Paul
Also somebody once said they could see the string when I did a muscle pass!
Message: Posted by: Bill Nuvo (Sep 25, 2006 11:15AM)
Okay here's something. Not really a spectator giving an explaination but...

At the September IBM magic ring in Windsor, there was this one guy who came in late. He was a somebody who had heard about the meeting. He introduced himself and said he was a beginner. The meeting then went on. Most performed something after the business. Then we just had the mingling. This was when this guy decided to try his hand at some things.

He was trying to show some of the other guys how he was attempting at floating a piece of paper. He brought out some rolling papers. He crumple one up and put it on one of the other magicians hand. He then began explaining about manipulating the energy around it and so on. Decent patter if you asked me. But then it became apparent because you realized that this guy was totally serious. He was mentioning about his other experiments in this type of phenomena. He began sweating and looking like a vein was going to burst in his head as he was really trying to make the paper float. He got excited a few times when it moved a bit (really due to air currents and slight hand movements on the other magician's part). He kept at this for close to an hour with various people that would listen to him.

One member who is known for being outspoken asked the guy what stuff he had been smoking with those papers.
Message: Posted by: LeeDillingham (Sep 25, 2006 12:11PM)
Batty,

I loved your Hot Rod explanation. I do not perform the Hot Rod anymore. However, years ago, when I worked in a brick and mortar magic shop, this was one of my favorite items. A demo Hot Rod always stayed in the display cabinet on its side, the customer could easily see both sides. There were six different Hot Rods on a little hidden self on the top back side. When a customer would request to see the trick performed, I would reach into the cabinet and bring the Rod out and switch it out with one of the others before reaching the counter top.

The Hot Rod was always an easy sell.
Message: Posted by: Destiny (Sep 25, 2006 01:15PM)
When I was 14 I sold programs at a show for a travelling hypnotist who demonstrated 'extra sensory perception' as filler. The old routine - he was blindfolded convincingly (and actually) and his assistant would ask him to name objects audience members had on them - in their bags etc.

My school friends had the ridiculous idea the assistant fed him clues by code.

I think they got the idea when she asked him, " Now R******* which coin is the lady holding up?"

"I'm getting an image of a 5 cent piece"

"No R******* - I said which coin, not what coin"

"Aah - would it be a 10 cent piece"

It was...
Message: Posted by: SeaDawg (Sep 27, 2006 09:21PM)
The other day after doing a superman coin bend with a borrowed coin that was initialled with a sharpie, someone put forward the premise I have 26 bent coins to switch out. I responded why don't we do 2 initials and then I only need to hide 625 plus coins....

Can you friggin imagine... try and keep 10 quarters straight let alone 26... Sheesh Kebabs.....
Message: Posted by: Bill Hoffman (Oct 20, 2006 11:28PM)
AFter opening my show with the "lean" illusion, a little girl (9 years old or so) came up to me after the show durring the meet and greet. She looks me in the eye and says "I know how you did Malloy's lean" and then she walked away. Somebodys dad was a magician I think...
Message: Posted by: Cinnamon (Oct 28, 2006 02:32AM)
Smart lil girl there, MagicBH. Maybe her dad does that too.

Weirdest explanation I got for ACR: the card is magnetic. Your ring is magnetic! (I wear a ring.)
Message: Posted by: Robert Apodaca (Nov 6, 2006 10:03PM)
I was once doing my variation of Hitman and a young boy came up to me afterward that was interested in getting into magic. I showed him some self working tricks that no one does and said if he got good at them I may show him more advances stuff like slights and palms. He then claimed that while I hit the cards at the end of Hitman I switched the card with the one I was palming.
Message: Posted by: clamon86 (Nov 7, 2006 10:45PM)
I once performed the floating dollar bill for some people, and I remember it being a woman, but possibly a child think I was using some type of cream.
Message: Posted by: JohnWolf (Nov 8, 2006 04:52AM)
I was doing a show for a grade school one time that had just studied the subject of magic they of course "knew" that ever trick I performed was done with the aid of a trap in the top of my table. The only problem was that the only thing on the top of my table was the handle to transport it when it folded up.
John
Message: Posted by: kimmo (Nov 17, 2006 05:46AM)
Often when I use an amplifier, I get accused of using a tape to provide the voice of my vent puppet, even on nights when I feel my lip control has been below par.

I've been told that the linking rings are magnetic and never actually link together.

I've also been told several times that all magic is just tricks, except for levitations which are the work of the devil
Message: Posted by: emanmagic5 (Dec 1, 2006 09:13PM)
One time I did the superman coin bend and the person acutally beleived I could bend coins and was really strong.thats the way it should be.
Message: Posted by: LWright (Dec 2, 2006 02:55PM)
That I had initialed a few other cards the exact same as the one the spectator had signed for my ACR. ( In full view mind you )

When I handed the deck for examination, they said it was ink that comes off after a while. Kind of sad.
Message: Posted by: dbolan (Jan 31, 2007 07:04PM)
[quote]
We've all probably had a time when a spectator guesses how we do one of our magic tricks, and their explanations are so outrageous that it is funny.
[/quote]
I was in the room early for a meeting at work the other day, and sitting to either side of me were two gents I often perform the odd trick for around the office. Normal guy to my right tells us he thinks he knew how I did a trick the week previous and went into a mostly accurate theory about a gaffed card with a split face.

He was abruptly and rudely interupted by Know-it-All guy on my left, who loudly clarifies "NO, NO, NO, that's not it! All magic tricks are based on ONE principle! I just don't know what it is."
Message: Posted by: BrianMillerMagic (Jan 31, 2007 07:33PM)
I've been accused of hiding cards in my mouth even though I had been pattering the entire trick. This has happened on numerous occasions, so much so that I got nervous that my facial expressions were actually giving away the hidden mouth cards ;)
Message: Posted by: DanielSteep (Jan 31, 2007 09:10PM)
Hey guys,.. I did a simple coin vanish and ( I have two fingers that are deforemed) the person insisted I was wearing fake fingers and that the coin was inside.. who would have known! a frenchdrop and a TT!:P

AND the funniest ive ever had! I did a stiff rope routine for a couple friends and I asked them to say the magic words.. and when nothing happend I said Viagara and it went stiff.. then I asked for the magic words again.. and I said paris hilton and it went limp.. now I did this 2 or 3 times for one of my friends trying to figure it out.. after the 2nd or 3rd time she said / " OH! I get it!! Its Voice Activated" and then she started yelling "Viagra" at the top of her voice.. it was hilarious!!
Message: Posted by: ChristopherM (Feb 1, 2007 10:02AM)
LOL that is rather funny. The most odd comments I've had are (after Red Hot Momma) "those cards are heat-sensitive" - so I gave them away, and upon removing the Bicycle deck (still inside its box) from my pocket, and a spectator spotting the yellow 'Texas Holdem Rules inside' logo, "oh, those cards are so fake". (???) I let him shuffle/inspect once they were out of the box and before we moved on....

Cheers

Chris
Message: Posted by: John Tudor (Feb 14, 2007 09:09AM)
Once after doing the Broom Suspension, I was approached by a man who said he knew all the way thru how I did it, but only wanted to know "did you use plastic, or glass?" I said, "plastic, since glass could break." "ohhh, of course!" he replied, shaked my hand, patted me on the shoulder, and winked at me knowingly.
Message: Posted by: John Tudor (Feb 14, 2007 09:17AM)
Another time, at a private party for some very rich folks, I had produced a rabbit and the kids all were petting it, etc. One boy held back, arms crossed, looking over my case. When I asked him what's up, he pointed at the rabbit and said "CGI".
"Huh?" I said, and he revealed that the rabbit must be Computer Generated Imagery, a hologram type projection.
I was flattered that he thought my parlour show for kids was such high tech. I tried to prove it was real by gently taking his hand and trying to get him to touch the rabbit, and he absolutely freaked out!
Sometimes it's best to let them believe what they want, of course.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Feb 16, 2007 08:49PM)
Funny stuff, here! I love it!

I have to tell ya...the most outrageous explanation for an effect I've done...I made a silk vanish using a TT...one lady said, "He's got POCKETS surgically installed in the palms of his hands"!

Yep...uh-huh...sure...just-a flappin' in the breeze...ROFLMAO...she was serious though...

:)

Doug
Message: Posted by: MagiClyde (Mar 1, 2007 12:06AM)
I had one person tell me that David Copperfield was able to do what he does because he's a member of the Rosacrusion (sp?) order and knew all their mystical secrets.

Of course, I was amused by the David Blaine special where he went to Haiti (I think) and the natives there thought he was a real magician using black magic.
Message: Posted by: Marvello (Mar 11, 2007 05:13PM)
[quote]
On 2007-03-01 01:06, clynim wrote:
I had one person tell me that David Copperfield was able to do what he does because he's a member of the Rosacrusion (sp?) order and knew all their mystical secrets.

Of course, I was amused by the David Blaine special where he went to Haiti (I think) and the natives there thought he was a real magician using black magic.
[/quote]I was not amused by that at all - it was not Haiti- it was the Yanomamö People of Central Brazil, who are one of the oldest examples of the classic pre-Columbian forest footmen. The Yanomamö live in almost complete seclusion in the Amazon rain forests of South America and, according to many anthropologists, are perhaps the last culture to have come in contact with the modern world. The last thing they need is some self-serving magician to come to their tribe and show them "magic" - they do not understand such concepts, and do not need to have their culture messed with.
Message: Posted by: MagiClyde (Mar 14, 2007 01:21AM)
When I said "amused", I meant it in the same way you did, Marvello. I thought the video said this was being done in Haiti with an isolated tribe. Will have to look at it again.

At any rate, I doubt that the tribe has no concept of magic, just not magic as someone like Blaine would present it. What he did, under the right circumstances, could have gotten him killed. They may have seen him as an evil being. Blaine really should have known better, especially when one considers magic's roots and roles in history.
Message: Posted by: Bob Clayton (Mar 14, 2007 06:33AM)
It was the only place Blaine could find an audience that hadn't been tainted by internet exposer.
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Mar 14, 2007 10:59PM)
[quote]
On 2007-03-11 18:13, Marvello wrote:
[quote]
On 2007-03-01 01:06, clynim wrote:
I had one person tell me that David Copperfield was able to do what he does because he's a member of the Rosacrusion (sp?) order and knew all their mystical secrets.

Of course, I was amused by the David Blaine special where he went to Haiti (I think) and the natives there thought he was a real magician using black magic.
[/quote]I was not amused by that at all - it was not Haiti- it was the Yanomamö People of Central Brazil, who are one of the oldest examples of the classic pre-Columbian forest footmen. The Yanomamö live in almost complete seclusion in the Amazon rain forests of South America and, according to many anthropologists, are perhaps the last culture to have come in contact with the modern world. The last thing they need is some self-serving magician to come to their tribe and show them "magic" - they do not understand such concepts, and do not need to have their culture messed with.
[/quote]

In fact DB also did a shot in Haiti - and freaked some people who instantly thinking of black magic. I do remember that DB hastly corrected that view.
Message: Posted by: MagiClyde (Mar 17, 2007 10:27PM)
Thanks, Andy. I thought that part of the special said Haiti.

Yes, I remember him doing some mentalism tricks and having one person ask, with absolute sincerity if Blaine could read his mind. Blaine also went after one man, trying to convince him that what he did was not real magic and was done for entertainment in the U.S. The man's response was that what Blaine did was black magic.

There was one magician (can't remember who it was), in one of his books, that said he performed some magic tricks for a tribal group while waiting for his ship to sail. Afterwards, one of the group members confided in him that they weren't sure if they should kill him or make him the shaman (or its equivalent). Definately a lesson learned that day!
Message: Posted by: videokideo (Apr 14, 2007 07:38PM)
I sign photos for people after the show... a group of women approached and asked loudly in front of the line of people, "What is sex like with a magician?" Embarrassed, I answered "Its best when you use mirrors!"

Not exactly what the topic was about here, but did come from a spectator and was a very very random question.

Great topic!
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Apr 22, 2007 01:49PM)
I performed Oil & Water for someone, his explanation was that my cards were "the ones that change color." Now if I could just pick those up, I could work out that pesky 3rd phase...;)
Message: Posted by: MagiClyde (Apr 23, 2007 01:18AM)
Yea, I, too, am looking for a deck that changes color with body heat. Another name for them might be mood cards! ;)
Message: Posted by: pghdude80 (May 5, 2007 08:28PM)
Ha!

After posting a new topic in this thread (http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=209185&forum=66&0) I read this one and HAD to post a reply.

After biting a quarter, a spectator said in all seriousness that I had obviously spent many hours in a dentist's chair getting custom teeth that allowed me to bite through solid metals. She was a bit drunk, but you have to admire such imagination.

That reminds me, I need to make an appointment with my dentist...
Message: Posted by: pghdude80 (May 5, 2007 08:41PM)
"I was not amused by that at all - it was not Haiti- it was the Yanomamö People of Central Brazil, who are one of the oldest examples of the classic pre-Columbian forest footmen. The Yanomamö live in almost complete seclusion in the Amazon rain forests of South America and, according to many anthropologists, are perhaps the last culture to have come in contact with the modern world. The last thing they need is some self-serving magician to come to their tribe and show them "magic" - they do not understand such concepts, and do not need to have their culture messed with."

I'm sorry Marvello, but you obviously copied much of this information on the Yanomamö People from here:
http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/southamerica/yonomamo.html

If you want to attack Blaine for his actions (and I'm not in disagreement with you there) please do not present the words of another as your own. This is, even in the computer age, plagiarism.

J
Message: Posted by: Marvello (May 6, 2007 06:34AM)
[quote]
On 2007-05-05 21:41, pghdude80 wrote:
"I was not amused by that at all - it was not Haiti- it was the Yanomamö People of Central Brazil, who are one of the oldest examples of the classic pre-Columbian forest footmen. The Yanomamö live in almost complete seclusion in the Amazon rain forests of South America and, according to many anthropologists, are perhaps the last culture to have come in contact with the modern world. The last thing they need is some self-serving magician to come to their tribe and show them "magic" - they do not understand such concepts, and do not need to have their culture messed with."

I'm sorry Marvello, but you obviously copied much of this information on the Yanomamö People from here:
http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/southamerica/yonomamo.html

If you want to attack Blaine for his actions (and I'm not in disagreement with you there) please do not present the words of another as your own. This is, even in the computer age, plagiarism.

J
[/quote]Sorry - never saw that page before, and I don't see any references to Blaine on that page either :) If you are referring to the info in the "History" section on that page, check wikipedia and then check to see who edited the page to add that info ;)
Message: Posted by: pghdude80 (May 6, 2007 11:20AM)
[quote]
On 2007-05-06 07:34, Marvello wrote:
[quote]
On 2007-05-05 21:41, pghdude80 wrote:
"I was not amused by that at all - it was not Haiti- it was the Yanomamö People of Central Brazil, who are one of the oldest examples of the classic pre-Columbian forest footmen. The Yanomamö live in almost complete seclusion in the Amazon rain forests of South America and, according to many anthropologists, are perhaps the last culture to have come in contact with the modern world. The last thing they need is some self-serving magician to come to their tribe and show them "magic" - they do not understand such concepts, and do not need to have their culture messed with."

I'm sorry Marvello, but you obviously copied much of this information on the Yanomamö People from here:
http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/southamerica/yonomamo.html

If you want to attack Blaine for his actions (and I'm not in disagreement with you there) please do not present the words of another as your own. This is, even in the computer age, plagiarism.

J
[/quote]Sorry - never saw that page before, and I don't see any references to Blaine on that page either :) If you are referring to the info in the "History" section on that page, check wikipedia and then check to see who edited the page to add that info ;)
[/quote]


*Slowly removes foot from mouth* Sorry, I suppose my teaching career has left me overly sensitive to such things. My bad!

J
Message: Posted by: ibm_usa (Jun 25, 2007 10:37PM)
The Zombie effect, one person said it was from outer space, the other said I had a magnets surgically implanted all over my body.
The Linking Rings (without magnets) people thought the rings were magnets, which these weren't..seems the secret on magnetic linking rings is out.
The Lota Bowl, Someone said I had an invisible water pipe leading from the floor into my shirt and into the bowl
Message: Posted by: Matthew W (Jun 28, 2007 02:03PM)
"You have a m******c pen with a second t*p and the quarter has a r****r b**d where its cut in half. You cant fool me."

"Where would you get a silly idea like that?"

"The internet"

D@mn she was right.
Message: Posted by: swingjunkie (Jul 3, 2007 09:07PM)
I did a simple pen-up-the-nose-and-out-the-mouth gag. Someone asked me in a serious voice "Is that a fake nose?" I which I knew where to hide the real one. lol.
Message: Posted by: michaelmystic2003 (Aug 4, 2007 01:12AM)
I did Mike Skutt's Quarter Up The Nose and the person said I shoved the quarter in my mouth.

I performed Interlace and the person said I shoved their ring down my pants.

I performed the Zombie ball on stage and a person later said that the cloth was magnetic.. Pfft, then I guess it's the mystery of the floating cloth then eh?

I performed Dan Harlan's Hovercard anda spectator said I did it with twi repelling magnets that also have a bit of attraction mixed in. Well, at least I know he didn't see the gimmick!
Message: Posted by: ssucahyo (Aug 17, 2007 07:53AM)
One from the audience told me, my Floating Table is battery operated!!!
Message: Posted by: SSG (Oct 12, 2007 08:59PM)
Every Christmas, I'm asked to do some magic for the extended family (I hate it more each year.) My cynical uncle always offers lamebrained explanations, going to great lengths to let me know he's not impressed.

"He uses trick cards," he says.

He was not enthused when his daughter pointed out that I was using a borrowed deck.
Message: Posted by: Ximines (Nov 25, 2007 07:29PM)
Once, at the end of a show that I did for 7-year old kid's birthday party, the kid's older sister came up to me with her friend and said, "can we see your magic wand?" Then they walked away, laughing.

I was speechless.
Message: Posted by: trickytrav (Feb 18, 2008 01:36PM)
I once vanished a red silk with a TT and was told that the silk turned to the same colour as my flesh.Irridescent is the word I think he used,
Message: Posted by: Yola Sol (Feb 29, 2008 05:57AM)
Old time favourite: 'It's magic. Duh.'
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Mar 16, 2008 01:29PM)
After performing the 100 foot rope tie at a school, the PTA moms were standing around and one said "I know how you get out if the rope... You have something in your vest you pump up" I said no. She "Then you must have something in your shirt you pump up" I said no. She "THEN you MUST have something in your pants you pump up!"

At which time she realized what she said, turned three different colors - and ran out of the room
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Mar 17, 2008 12:19PM)
I was performing close-up magic at a very high-end social event, in NYC. I had my own table and some chairs for guests to sit in while I performed. I was finished and heading through the exit when a high profile celeb came over to me. He said that his uncle was a magician and "I know exactly what you were doing with those coins, the only thing is, I have no idea how the heck you were doing it."
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Mar 18, 2008 01:33PM)
And the former assistant who was 60 some who complemented me on how well my assistant could fit in the 1 inch thick board under the sword basket. Not in the basket... in the board. How did she know, I told you, she was a former assistant to some other maji and knew the assistants always fit in the base as the way ALL illusions work.
Message: Posted by: daviaac (Mar 27, 2008 05:03AM)
I once had someone ask me after a retention vanish and re-apearance with a dollar was it done with sticky tape?

I still to this day have no idea where the tape was supposed to go

luke
Message: Posted by: pepka (Mar 28, 2008 01:29AM)
I love this thread.

One night after performing cups and balls behind the bar, (3 cups, 4 loads) a woman came up and wanted to know where the 4th cup went. She picked up all my cups, thinking that there were 2 stuck together. She said I HAD to have a 4th cup because there's no way I could have produced 4 pieces of fruit from under 3 cups.
Message: Posted by: donrodrigo (Mar 28, 2008 02:42AM)
Videokideo, Magicians do it with sponge balls
Message: Posted by: donrodrigo (Mar 28, 2008 07:03AM)
Ok as a dove worker doves from no-where ws told that the 2 doves came from inside the pole to were the net is attached.
Message: Posted by: sinergy22 (Apr 6, 2008 09:07PM)
I did a Scotch and Soda routine in the hand of a spectator, and she claimed that I put two coins in, but one dissolves when exposed to the heat and moisture of your hand. =P
Message: Posted by: OHCollector (Apr 11, 2008 11:29PM)
A person once told me they were not impressed with a magician's trick because they knew there was no way he could really be making an item disappear or whatever the scenario was. I thought that was a rather distorted view of magic.
Message: Posted by: Faizimran (Apr 25, 2016 08:25PM)
I did some tricks for a few kids and one of them thought I had a magic ring that had powers in it so I took it off and they said no the ring gives you power until you destroy it and they expected me to destroy my ring. And when I didn't they said see I knew it its a magic ring.
Message: Posted by: AndreOng1 (Nov 9, 2016 11:20PM)
Was doing a birthday show and the birthday boy said I was a demon...
Message: Posted by: Stumpy (Dec 3, 2016 05:38AM)
I did a couple g*ff card tricks and this woman was absolutely certain I was using telekinesis to physically pass the cards through each other...

On another occasion, at the first kids birthday party I worked (yeah, I know, working for kids is like herding a pack of wolves while wearing Milk Bone blue jeans) and I went through a typical card routine. I knew a great deal of the card tricks would be right at eye level for a bunch of kids so I chose the tricks I knew were as clean as I was capable of, you'd have to be a sharp cookie to see what was happening. This one kid, I don't know if he wanted to be a magician when he grew up or if he just read a lot of card magic books, but that little scamp never missed anything. Nothing got by him and he told his friend (the birthday boy) every single thing I did to do the trick, sometimes before I'd even do it. "Watch Billy, watch, he's gonna hafta carry that card up, watch, watch."

In comparison, at least with the woman who thought I was moving the cards with the power of my mind, I had it on my side that nobody took her seriously. With Little Mister Card Whiz, it was like performing with somebody on a PA giving play-by-play, lol. It's alright though, what better gift can a little boy get than a guided tour of a dozen different card effects?
Message: Posted by: That1MagicGuy (Dec 6, 2016 09:27PM)
[quote]On Nov 9, 2016, AndreOng1 wrote:
Was doing a birthday show and the birthday boy said I was a demon... [/quote]

How old was he?
Haha I have been called a demon many times especially late night performing to intoxicated individuals, they had the best reactions however.
Message: Posted by: Fazzio (Dec 23, 2016 10:59AM)
Chinese linking rings (normal size rings, not close-up)
"You put the unlinked rings up in your right sleeve and get the linked ones in your left sleeve".
This is incredible, because I always use rolled up sleeves.
Message: Posted by: Marvello (Feb 28, 2017 12:52PM)
When producing a silk from a TT a kid was unimpressed and said "you have tubes in your arms"
Message: Posted by: Howser (Mar 16, 2018 04:33AM)
While waiting for the coffee to pour I showed scarf through neck for a colleague
she grabs my wrist and with wide open eyes and said "did you hypnotize me?!?"
Message: Posted by: Rook (Mar 16, 2018 02:16PM)
I do a simple drawer-box routine from which I produce Ember, my corn snake. One youngster approached me, convinced that I had that snake up my sleeve the whole time. I can't imagine either of us would be comfortable with that.

One of my favorites was when I totally messed up an OTL effect where the participant drew a picture of her choice (a snowman) and initialed her card. The intent was to make the snowman disappear, but due to poor instruction on my part, the initials disappeared leaving the snowman. She was still astounded, but figured I merely switched cards with one that was pre-drawn wanted to know how I influenced her into drawing a snowman. I smiled, winked, and let her believe I had that sort of ability.

I've also been accused of using heat-sensitive cards and the like, but my favorite (and most satisfyin) is when I've been accused of witchcraft.