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Topic: Too much Inv. deck
Message: Posted by: GlenD (Jul 18, 2002 04:24PM)
I am going to be away as a counselor at our church's jr. camp next week and am planning on having lots of fun with the kids and doing a few tricks each eve in our cabin before lights out. One idea I had was to utilize the invisible deck each night and have the card selected by the group or a different volunteer(s) done in a different way each eve. I was wondering if this might be overkill, or maybe too much of the same thing ??? I am planning on having a lot of fun and doing other tricks as well. I am planning on doing "the web" one of the nights, but using my co-counselor as the volunteer for this one (in fact I let him in on it, so he will know whats gonna happen but it should still be great when he flips his hand over)!! I appreciate any feedback concerning over usage of inv. deck routine, thanks! :bikes:

Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Jul 20, 2002 06:13PM)
Over use of any effect can lead to inadvertant disclosure. I'd say if your audience isn't going to change (camp situation), use a different effect each night and a regular deck as much as possible or you are going to get called on it.

If your "co-counselor" understands the Inv Deck system, you an he/she can do an Inv Deck without the deck.

Invisible deck on first night,
OOTW on another.
You might be able to get away with a different Inv Deck effect later but if your audience is quick on the take, and kids usually are, you will need an out.

You might try a bit of coin or silk magic to mix it up as well.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Jul 23, 2002 02:39PM)
Unless the kids are over the age of 11, I wouldn't even think about using the Invisible Deck. The concept of mindreading is alien to them, and they often don't know the names of the cards.

I tried performing it in kidshows, when I started performing. The trick died! Other performers have told me about similar experiences.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jul 25, 2002 11:58AM)
Use Michael Close's big surprise. I use that with kids all the time. Not only is it keep the kids focused on something during the performance, I use it to keep the little brats in line (just kidding).

They only get to see the big surprise if:
nobody touches it unless asked
nobody grabs stuff off the table.

Usually this is done tongue-in-cheek but the kids definitely get the idea and are more well behaved. They keep each other in line because, well, they want to see "The Big Surprise".

There are many benefits to "The Big Surprise" and this is just one of them.

You can have a lot of fun with it throught the whole show.

My big surprise is not the same as michael close's version, however. He has someone holding it in their seat. I do not. It's sitting right up in front with me on the table for all to see at all times.

Lovin' that big surprise,