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Topic: Opening Patter
Message: Posted by: kellycards347 (Aug 20, 2018 06:20PM)
What's your opening line for you street magicians to reel in a suspicious spectator? I find a lot of people have excuses not to see a magic trick. Surely there must be some psychological opener that hooks them. I've tried "I'm a wandering magician and I was wandering if you would like to see a magic trick" - gets a laugh but leaves them an out to say no. Also starting with "You look smart!" to which they can't disagree, but then when I say "I'm going to show you something that blows your mind" it again leaves an out to where they can say no.

Wondering what you have tried on the streets that gets the most people to actually stop and watch your first trick.
Message: Posted by: Dustin Baker (Aug 23, 2018 06:34PM)
My answer . . . Don't.
Have no opening patter, no hook, don't try to get people to stop.
When I was doing parties regularly, I would stroll through a mall shuffling cards in my right hand. I would have business cards in my left pocket.
After you shuffle for a while, someone will ask if you know any tricks, then you say "I do - can you hole this" then hand them a business cards and fan the cards out for them to choose a card. Now they have a business card and you can start the effect.

What kind of places are you trying to work?
Message: Posted by: kellycards347 (Aug 27, 2018 03:55PM)
[quote]On Aug 23, 2018, Dustin Baker wrote:
My answer . . . Don't.
Have no opening patter, no hook, don't try to get people to stop.
When I was doing parties regularly, I would stroll through a mall shuffling cards in my right hand. I would have business cards in my left pocket.
After you shuffle for a while, someone will ask if you know any tricks, then you say "I do - can you hole this" then hand them a business cards and fan the cards out for them to choose a card. Now they have a business card and you can start the effect.

What kind of places are you trying to work? [/quote]

Cool Advice.

I was doing magic shows for a bit of cash at one point but lost the joy of it all. I love just walking around a University center or public places where people are enjoying their surroundings and just give them some free entertainment.
Message: Posted by: Rainboguy (Sep 2, 2018 08:50PM)
If you are performing Magic with coins, in my experience, here is the perfect opening line:

Hi.......do you like money?

Try it........
Message: Posted by: debjit (Mar 18, 2019 03:09PM)
Well if I'm performing on the street, I always have a cameraman with me so I just say "I'm shooting a magic video for my YouTube channel. Would you like to see something cool?"
Message: Posted by: sandromagic (Apr 29, 2019 11:39AM)
Look around for people who are happy,you can say that you are on a bet with a friend and have to show them a trick.People like to help.