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When I'm doing this particular coin routine I can't have anyone behind me to the left side looking over my shoulder or else they get an exposed view.

However, the routine is really strong. Whenever I start doing it people start gasping and yelling, so it attracts people quickly. Then someone always comes to my bad angle, but when I first started they were not there.

I thought if I perform against a wall this isn't a problem but I find that too limiting. Certainly I love doing the routine and it's as powerful as can be but it just takes one person to ruin it.

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A lot of good routines have a bad angle or two.
The answer? Pick your spot for performing so that there is nobody on that side.
The late Tony Slydini, who was partly deaf, would always pick his ground. If anyone asked him to do something and the angles weren't perfect, he'd pretend he didn't hear them; they accepted that.
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What if you're strolling and nobody was there before and now they are?
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Well q,

I guess the answer is "watch your back!"

This issue is more about audience management that angles. Because it is the audience that moves not the angle.

In a strolling situation, you have to be completely aware of your situation. And it comes down to how you deal with people who want to see you perform.

Stopping for a moment and saying "you will have a much better view of the magic if you come around here!" And then wait for them to move. If you continue to wait, you will soon have every else telling them to come around, so the magic can continue.

If the previous line doesn't feel good, you can also put it in different terms, and say that "by being in the field of vision of the rest of the people, your presence might distract them at the magic moment - and we all want everyone to be able to fully enjoy the magic!"

Also, if people begin to come up behind you, just start backing up, they will usually part and move to the sides/front.

Remember you are the one performing. It is your job to make the performance the best it can be. Manage the situation.

The best impromtu magic results from the most complete preparation!

If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.
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