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Topic: Do It Again!
Message: Posted by: dabah2014 (Nov 7, 2009 01:37PM)
I've been performing magic for about two years now. Usually, I'll carry around a deck of cards or a couple of coins in my pocket to perform with. Lately, I've noticed that after almost every single effect I perform, I'm always asked the same question, "Can you do it again". I usually avoid repeating an effect. What do ya'll do?
Message: Posted by: mumford (Nov 7, 2009 01:42PM)
Tell them you never repeat a trick because then there's no surprise.
Message: Posted by: Donnie Buckley (Nov 7, 2009 02:30PM)
Be prepared.
Do tricks that lend themselves to repetition, like mind reading with an 8/King stack - this is even better when it's repeated.
If you present an ACR routine, pause after the card appears on top of the deck the first time and let them say "do it again" (they don't' know you were going to anyway!).
Coins across can be presented the same way, if you pause after the first migration, get the idea?
You can also just say, "sure" and then do something else. I hate saying no to a spectator, but I also like to keep things on my terms and keep the surprises coming.
Message: Posted by: dabah2014 (Nov 7, 2009 04:53PM)
Well DDecae, there are certain effects you can repeat like 'coins across' and the Ambitous card routine. Unfortunately, many of the effects I perform do not have several phases like the two routines you mentioned. I thought it would be easy enough to just say 'sorry, but no' and not perform an effect again when someone asks me to. The only problem is a lot of people will dare me and say something like 'I bet you couldn't do it again' or they'll get annoyed.
Message: Posted by: howie3 (Nov 7, 2009 06:33PM)
You tell them first time it's magic the second time it's educational.
Message: Posted by: Donnie Buckley (Nov 8, 2009 11:12AM)
Matthew I feel your pain. You've got a tough crowd there - I think kids are probably the worst at this, they are always saying "do it again". But I guess I hear that from kids because I'm just doing quick little impromptu tricks for kids.

I'd like to help you. Can you give an example of tricks you are doing that are always asked to be repeated?
Message: Posted by: JoeBlack (Nov 8, 2009 11:58AM)
The best way to deal with this is to say "well if you liked that, check this one..." and do another routine.
If you don't want to do anything else just say something like howie3 suggested, just don't be rude while you are saying "No!".
Message: Posted by: MagicRocks (Nov 9, 2009 03:31AM)
Reject the audience with a joke like "Oh! My doctor says I can only do this once per day. "
They know what you are trying to say and probably stop asking you to do it after a short laughter.
Message: Posted by: ropeadope (Nov 10, 2009 10:26PM)
Something along JoeBlack`s line works fine and be ready to do another trick, usually with the same props, if possible. Maybe as I sometimes explain: "that one was one of my older tricks, here`s a newer one", indicating that you want to show them the latest magic. In other words just keep the magic moving along. To end sometimes I let them know that I`m about to pause or finish by saying "and now for my last trick".

Message: Posted by: bunkyhenry (Nov 11, 2009 09:49AM)
So go ahead and do it again!
Message: Posted by: Tom Stevens (Nov 13, 2009 06:17PM)
I hear this a lot, and usually reply to "Can you do that again!" with "Absolutely!" and then a grin.


"Even better, I can show you something more incredible!"

Somtimes though it is inevitable that you have to kind of ignore the loud mouth who keeps saying. "Hey do that trick with the glass again" with a sideways look telegraph that you really can't repeat a trick. His wife or someone will explain it to him.
Message: Posted by: Russell Davidson (Nov 26, 2009 09:46AM)
Joe & Tom have given the best advice here. As Tom said, say something like "if you liked that you'll love this" & move on to another effect. Some effects are made to be repeated so maybe have a couple of those in your arsenal.
Another tip is to walk away while their jaws are still gaping in disbelief from what you've just done.
Message: Posted by: TopChange (Nov 26, 2009 12:30PM)
Do a different version of the same effect.
Message: Posted by: ToasterofDoom (Nov 30, 2009 02:02PM)
I have made it a personal policy to walk away if someone asks "Do it again!" because it makes certain I end on a high note. So... I thank them and put my hands in my pockets.
Message: Posted by: Bastien (Jan 27, 2010 08:14PM)
Well said ToasterofDoom.

Sometimes it bears repeating that as the magician, you are the one in control. It's a hard lesson I've had to learn. It's my own preference to do one very strong effect I know I've mastered and then stop.
Message: Posted by: Sir Richard (Jan 27, 2010 09:02PM)
I usually say: "Sorry, but I've practiced these all together.." then go into the next one.

Sir Richard.
Message: Posted by: manal (Jan 29, 2010 08:24PM)
I say sure ok and then do something different
Message: Posted by: dmueller (Jan 29, 2010 10:31PM)
I usually use a phrase along the lines of "the magicians code prevents me from performing the same effect twice in a row, because the first time is entertaining, the second is educating" This is always said with a smile, never rudely. 99% of the people I have come across let it go at that. As you know though, there are some who are just never satisfied.
Message: Posted by: Paco iglacias (Jan 30, 2010 11:08AM)
"sure I *can* do it again, but will I? Probably not, I got some better stuff."
Message: Posted by: Mike Ross (Feb 15, 2010 08:31PM)
"Well I can do that, or I could say **** you"
(jokingly though)
Message: Posted by: Gerald Deutsch (Feb 16, 2010 08:33AM)
I do a lot of "Perverse Magic" where things just happen by themselves or I don't understand why what happens, happens.

So with this type of presentation when asked to do it again, it's easy to say "Are you kidding? I don't understand how it happened the first time!"
Message: Posted by: JCheng (Feb 17, 2010 04:11PM)
I just tell them that I can't do it again, or just show them another trick
Message: Posted by: nlokers (Aug 26, 2010 04:05PM)
If I know I'm about to do something that I don't want to repeat I make it very clear that they need to pay attention because I will not repeat it, I also find that this helps them appreciate it more.
Message: Posted by: eywi (Aug 26, 2010 05:27PM)
I have rarely been asked to do it again but if I were I would just move on to something else
Message: Posted by: Michael Daniels (Aug 26, 2010 06:33PM)
"Twice a night? - I'm getting too old for that!" (Obviously not for kids!).

Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Aug 27, 2010 11:05PM)
Ok, next Tuesday.
Message: Posted by: funsway (Aug 28, 2010 06:07AM)
Decades ago I overheard a magician say, "Again? Ah, if only I could. But like yesterday's incredible sunset it will never be repeated. What I want is a new and better one, Let me demonstrate ..."
Message: Posted by: writeall (Aug 28, 2010 09:47AM)
"That wasn't even possible the first time I did it."
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Aug 28, 2010 04:08PM)
Good answer, writeall! I say something like "I don't do the magic... the magic does me, and it never repeats!" I like yours better...

Message: Posted by: Dougini (Aug 30, 2010 01:06PM)
On 2010-08-26 17:05, nlokers wrote:
If I know I'm about to do something...I make it very clear that they need to pay attention because I will not repeat it...

Bingo! That's exactly what I say. When someone asks me to "do a trick", I hesitate, and then say, "OK, but, first? Do not ask me how it's done. And do not ask me to do it again. OK?" I'm grinning the whole time, so no rudeness. When they agree to those terms, I'll do something.

Message: Posted by: Mark Jarvis (Sep 3, 2010 05:39AM)
How bout....I can't. The gentlemen that showed me this trick asked me to promise that I would never show anyone twice....
Message: Posted by: briancharles1002 (Nov 11, 2011 01:52PM)
Look at what it is that gets the "do it again". Is there a particular effect that draws this response, if so, look at it and see how you can change it up presentation and/or method and then you can do it a second time. There are some things I do with coins that can be changed up and done four or five times in variation and add in some feints and you're good. I still am careful in not pushing it. The best way is to just manage the audience.
Message: Posted by: Blayk P (Nov 25, 2011 03:24PM)
I usually say "Ok", then just do something completely different. 9 times out of 10, they won't even notice you didn't repeat their trick.
Message: Posted by: Suren (Nov 26, 2011 05:26AM)
David Stone had a great answer to this (yes Im big fan of him) he says: Magic trick is like a joke - it works only ones.
Message: Posted by: charliewerner (Dec 15, 2011 11:54PM)
When they say do it again ,you say sure "glad you like my magic" and you just perform other effects .... and if they say, no, that one just now... you say " it is free for the first time, and you need to pay for the second time...

As long they pay you price of the trick, of cos you don't reject them. Save up the money buy a more expensive trick.
Message: Posted by: rmendez (Jan 10, 2012 05:05PM)
I seldom have spectators asking me to repeat an effect because nearly all of the effects I perform have a phase that progressively repeats at least three times. Examples include the chop cup, color changing knives, color changing silks, color vision, copper silver brass, multiplying balls, rubber bands, sponge balls, etc. I suggest seeking and performing material with multiple phases and climaxes. You can always jazz it up and change methods on them too. I enjoy using real world spectators to test everything that I have practiced relentlessly. Its like target practice to me :lol: As a magical entertainer you have to be flexible enough to accomodate your clients in my professional opinion. I once spent an hour at a party performing nothing but the chop cup and color vision for different groups at my client's request which made them very happy and satisfied customers :lol:
Message: Posted by: wulfiesmith (Jan 14, 2012 11:47AM)
Do it again?
leads me to think of impromptu magic ...

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Message: Posted by: vinh31 (Jan 14, 2012 06:11PM)
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Message: Posted by: Magic Rik (Jan 19, 2012 03:17PM)
I got asked this today - my answer (found somewhere in the Café)

"The magic was free, lessons are $125.00 an hour."

Then I smiled and did something else.
Message: Posted by: A Show By Joe (Jan 24, 2012 06:43PM)
I usually say " I wish I could, but then I wouldn't be able to show you this...", and go into something different.
Message: Posted by: rmendez (Jan 25, 2012 05:28PM)
Practice, practice, practice until you can or perform it again and step it up a notch by changing methods on them.