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Kent Wong
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I didn't really know where to post this topic since it deals with ALL areas of magic. The post also is not directed to beginners, but to all magicians of every age and experience. Having said that, here goes ...

There are many tricks that get HUGE audience reaction, but really aren't that exciting for the magician to perform. We continue to perform these tricks because they are commercial effects that our audiences want to see. In other words, we continue to play the role of the magician.

Ideally, an effect will make us FEEL like we are performing real magic and will be performed often to the utter amazement of the spectators. These are the effects that find a permanent place in our shows.

However, there are also those effect that we just love to practice, but we don't get to perform very often. Some of these effects may require a stage or special environment. In our minds, we KNOW these are extremely powerful effects and in our hearts they make us FEEL like we are performing real magic. These effects become our pet projects, but they may seldom see the light of day. These are the effects I am curious about. What effects do you have that fall into this category?

By asking this question, I'm hoping to develop some discussion that may help move the effect into that ideal category of tricks that is performed all the time. Thanks.


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Great thread!

Personally I am a commercial effects W***e!If at any point the audience feels like they have "seen" magic and they are touched by it to the point where they think about it for hours,days or the rest of their lifes. I am a made man.

Are those exciting for me. YES!!!!

Seeing that smile on that innocent kid or girl, or a hardcore man crying and in total shock and being totally horrified by what he is witnessing. Just makes it all worth it.

I don't care if I practice an effect for hours if I am never gonna use it.If we aren't even closed to feeling prepared with something enough to perform it as fun as it is in practice then its probably not worth going to the repetoir.It's not magic in anyones eyes.

More direct and straight out to the topic.

I am IN LOVE with the effect known as "haunted deck." I have tried everything from loops to every single working of about a couple hundred magicians(no exaggerating). It requires lighting, special occasion and a complete destructive patter routine. Mixing them is a PAIN. Trust me. As it looks right now the only one I have yet to get is "spooked" and I hear some good things about it with some improvements but still limitations. Hopefully once I get that it will be possible for me to finally peform it more often. Yet I never feel comfortable enough with the patter so a lot of practice does go into it and definetly falls into your category.
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If a lot of people post their thread, there will be a lot of variety of effects. I have many favorites, but if I have to choose one, I would say "copper, silver, brass transposition."
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For me, the effect I enjoy performing most is revealing the name of a close friend/family member. It is different every time, which keeps me on my toes, I can cold read about the person and tell them the relationship without them saying anything (again keeping me on my toes), tell them just a letter within the word and hit, and when I finally reveal them the name, it is a very personal effect, and totally impossible.

'Real' magic/mindreading, all just using the PCT. Doesn't get better than that for me.

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Yup its hard to find something that is close to your heart. But, usually the ones that gives off most impact are the ones that are commercialized, or what the audiences want to see. I mean tricks are made because the people want to see it! Besides, it's kinda like ppl finds it entertaining due to the fact that they do not know the trick behind it. To perform, you need to KNOW what's that trick behind it, and it no longer becomes something that you would enjoy as well.

But hey, don't you get entertained and excited by the looks on their faces? =)

My 2 cents.

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I have two that I have really started using a lot recently on people The first one is Larry Jennings "Impossible" This blows people away. The other is my own creation with a signed coin vanishing and appearing in the lighter that has been in their view the entire time.
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Hey corey is that serendipity , the lighter effect? The same concept?IF you know about it.....I'm thinking of buying that.
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Being a card-man, and preferring to use a clean deck (borrowed if possible) I love performing Doc Daley's Last Trick and then going into Geminii Twins. Those two effects, especially together, have never failed me.
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For me, the cups and balls is the key trick that really makes me feel like a magician - and the reactions I get from the audience us amazing. It took over 8 months to develop, practice and perfect the routine to a point where I was happy with it. Now, I perform it every opportunity I can.

The only limitation I have with it is the fact that I either use a servant or a body load for the final production items. Sometimes, this means sensitive angles and limited circumstances in which I can do it.

I thought about working from a pouch, but I didn't like the idea of continually going to the bag.

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I'm trying doing kid shows. Lat time I got huge reaction performing ball on silk. Before I though it was kind of silly and was not willing to perform it. Didn't expect the reaction is so good.

So, my lesson is, don't underestimate the potential of an apparently silly trick, vice versa.
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I've yet to find anyone who isn't amazed by Crazy Mans Handcuffs

and all you need is a couple of rubber bands and someone to show you how its done.

As they try to figure it out , do the bit where you let them hold one band between their thumbs whilst you do the dirty work.

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There are many effects I believe..it's all in presentation, but the one's I get the most WOW's on in my tablehopping are these. Spongeballs, Liquid Metal, The Closer, Pscyokenitic Time.
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Also, in a old "Jaw Dropper" video I saw a seven penny trick that I use now, modified abit. After you place seven in their hand and one penatrates. I tell them, the reason why this penny came thru is because of its' magic, it can change right before your eyes, and I change it for a 3" penny. This gets WOWs' because, through out the routine they see "small" pennys and the size change is not expected, no one every saw or expects a GIANT penny.
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On 2005-06-18 07:51, hkwiles wrote:
I've yet to find anyone who isn't amazed by Crazy Mans Handcuffs

and all you need is a couple of rubber bands and someone to show you how its done.

As they try to figure it out , do the bit where you let them hold one band between their thumbs whilst you do the dirty work.

Howard


If you really want to blow them away, after doing it a second time "in their hands", pretend that you are going to do it a third time. However, instead of actually doing it a third time, make one of the rubber bands apparently melt into the other. This effect can be found in vol. 1 of Dan Harlans Rubber Band Magic video series. The effect is called Melt.

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The card trick twins would have to be one of my favorite card tricks to perform for people, I have always gotten an amazing response from the spectators. I also love crazy man's handcuffs and then making one of them vanish/melt and then produce it from some very unexpected place.
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There are many more effects, such as cups and balls, and deep astonishment which I would rather work with, but for pure performing happiness, I LOVE doing the Die Box for a bunch of kids. The frenzy of activity and interest and then the absolute quiet when the box is empty are priceless.
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