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Topic: Best Reaction I've ever had
Message: Posted by: Irfaan (Feb 19, 2009 10:44PM)

Ok, so my girlfriend and I are at a Bed & Breakfast for valentines. I've known the owners for quite some time and have built up a little reputation for magic. So I'm in my room, practicing card throws, and at the end slip the deck into my pocket without putting it back into it's case.

I go outside to the pool area, and sit down with everyone in the hut for a barbecue. Without provocation, the owner starts telling everyone around the table how amazing I am with magic and so forth, and completely out of the blue, his wife produces a blue deck of cards still in it's case and hands it to me and demands that I show everyone a trick.

By chance the topic of conversation changed just then, and at the same time I had an epiphany! Nonchalantly, I removed the deck from its case, stole 2 jokers + 1 indifferent card and slipped them with my right hand into my right pocket with my RED deck as my left hand came forward over the table with the blue deck.

Equally nonchalant, I slipped the red deck (now showing blue backs) out of my right pocket as my left hand slipped the blue deck into my left pocket (my pockets are under the table). Face up, I arrange the blue jokers and indifferent card as per Paul Harris's Color Stunner, slip the gaffed deck back into the case on the table, and leave it there about 2 feet away from me.

The conversations continue for about ten more minutes, when suddenly someone remembers that I have to do a trick for them. And I swear, that deck lying innocently on the table 2 feet away looked as if I had never even touched it!

So I slip the deck out of it's case, and go into the routine. When I changed the color of the deck at the end, people were gob-smacked!! Some jumped out of their chairs, one lady dropped face first into the table top, and 1 guy just pointed and said, "that's just wrong, dude".

Imagine changing the color of an untouched, borrowed deck? If I saw a magician do that, even though I know a few methods, I would have fallen off my chair too!! Oh yes, one old lady took the now red deck and started rubbing the backs, to see if the color would come off! Sleight of hand (which layman use to explain everything), is OBVIOUSLY (to them) completely IMPOSSIBLe in this case!

Talk about good luck! Everything in the right place by chance! How often does that happen, you know, when you get the chance to perform a REAL miracle?? Anybody else got some good stories?
Message: Posted by: johnstephy (Feb 20, 2009 12:47AM)
Riley!!! COngrats!!

I'm with you man....I get eexcited just by reading the post...nothing's better than fooling people that badly~!!!!

Color changing deck has always been in my repitoire. It's a trick for a semi-special occasion though when everyone's attention span is long or medium, if you know what I mean

good on you dude keep it up
Message: Posted by: M Sini (Feb 20, 2009 07:27AM)
Sounds like you fried them all. Congrats!
Message: Posted by: Donal Chayce (Feb 20, 2009 01:55PM)
Congrats, Riley, but be advised: the feeling you got from that experience is a lot like heroin. Only the first hit is free.

After that, it begins to cost you... ;)
Message: Posted by: Fred Johnson (Feb 20, 2009 02:40PM)
If you visit the B&B periodically you may want to set some stuff for future use. Such as pasting a two of hearts on the wall behind a picture for a future reveal, etc. Malini was said to be a master at setting up stuff in his travels and when he returned sometimes years later was often set to get the feeling you did.
Message: Posted by: rickreation (Mar 30, 2009 12:17PM)
That kind of effect is what it is all about!
Message: Posted by: Mach (Apr 4, 2009 05:42AM)
Ha, that's a brilliant story. Thank for sharing your experience.
Message: Posted by: BAGWIZ (Jul 5, 2009 05:29PM)
Great story! A few weeks ago I was at a college graduation party for a friend's daughter. Someone pulled out a deck of cards and asked if I would show everyone a few things. A woman close to the person with the cards, grabbed them and randomly pulled out a card. She held it up with the back to me and everyone else and said, "What card am I holding?" The woman was pretty drunk and I wasn't much better off; normally I'd just side-step that kind of challenge and go in another direction. But this time I think the alcohol got the better of me, so I just said, "It is the four of spades".

And so it was!

In forty years of magic I've had a lot of strange things happen, but not like this. After that, it almost didn't matter what I did!

I'll share another one for a later time .... it is the story of the burning rabbit.
Message: Posted by: seneca77 (Jul 10, 2009 04:49PM)
Great story Irfaan!

I have a similar story to Bagwiz's about naming a card at random.

Years ago I was with some friends and the talk turned to ESP, etc. I prattled on about how everyone has the power within them to some degree and borrowed a deck of cards show an experiment.

I placed a card face down on the table that only I had seen (say it was the eight of diamonds). Now admittedly this is pretty lame, but I went into the "Name two suits" bit to one of the people watching. Well, the girl misunderstood and just blurted out a card. Yep, she said "eight of diamonds."

It had never happened before and will never happen again, I'm sure, but I played it for all it was worth. By the time I turned the card over, there were quite a few gasps!
Message: Posted by: The Big Q (Aug 26, 2009 05:01AM)
I had performed on the weekend and, after waking up late the next day, threw some clothes on and went to work (I'm a school teacher)...with my 'cigarette up nose' still attached to my jacket. I happened to catch a group of 15 year old kids smoking - and could help myself, joined them, asked for a cigarette, switched it for my own, and shoved it up the nose. After the astonishment (and some delight) I led them away to the principals office - for once with no complaining, they spent the whole time wondering how the hell I did it.

I should point out that it can be dangerous...I did the same thing at a party, and the guy whose cigarette I 'borrowed' was ready to punch me for wasting a cigarette...I suppose they are expensive these days!
Message: Posted by: KENNYRB (Aug 27, 2009 09:09PM)
I love the stories they are all great. One of my best experiences was when a friend of mine was doing some impromptu magic and no one knew that we knew each other or that I too was a magi. I quickly set a deck of cards up for a trick we had both been talking about earlier that evening. I then pulled it out and said "I bet you can't do any magic with my deck" He took the deck and quickly spotted the set up and totaly blew them all away. It was a brillant magical moment for all concerned.
Message: Posted by: Jia Truong (Sep 10, 2009 08:27AM)
Congrats! To the spectators, you pulled off a miracle! Can't wait to more of these stories.