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Ragiv
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You know the one. He asks everyone to put their hands together with their thumbs pointing down. Then he makes his thumbs point up, while it is impossible for the other people to do it. What is this trick called?
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I know how to do it I just don't know how its called.You are talking about placing your other hand over the other and just turning right?
Ragiv
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Hmm..Hands held out, cross right over left, link fingers with thumps pointing down.
It could be, but I don't know.
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That arm trick is in the Magic for Dummies book. It's called "You Can't Do as I Do".
"Knowledge comes from finding the answers, but understanding what the answers mean is what brings wisdom." - Anonymous
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Dan harlan also teaches it on his mindbogglers volume 4
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Any web links to the instructions for this one?
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I like this kind of easy tricks! They are fantastic!
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Don't take this as a SIMPLE, SUPER EASY trick. Yes, very easy to understand and pratice but in PERFORMANCE, you better have your timing and your mis-direction down to perfection or you have the possibility of loosing the audience.
I perform this one at my larger shows and it gets a great reaction but I have to admit that I too have screwed up on my timing and mis-direction once and it almost failed. Not to mention that it didn't get a great reaction that night.
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE! CHOOSE YOUR MAGIC CAREFULLY! PRATICE and LEAD YOUR AUDIENCE!
Good luck, it is a great opener!
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If it's good enough for Copperfield it's good enough for me...
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I find this a good substitute when I'm not wearing long sleeves and someone asks me to do the regular arm twist illusion.
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Arm twist is better in the cold months of the year when a jacket is a natural thing to wear.
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It is also in Paul Zenon' 100 ways to win a tenner.
Zenon teaches it very well.
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For those who perform this trick, how do you end it, and what kind of response do you usually get from the audience? I do this, and it definitely baffles them, but I find that at the end of the trick, once I turn my hands up and they can't, they look surprised and maybe smile a little as they wonder how I did it, but then there's kind of an awkward pause and I transition to the next effect. I like the trick, and I think the audience does too, but I seldom get applause at the end of it, and wonder if anyone has any tips or insights. Thanks!
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I have recently learnt this from Andrew Mayne's "Body Morphin'"- and didn't know the propper way to perform this before. I tried it out at my magic club and caught all the magicians with it- which surpised me as I thought the "set up" was obvious, but, as you say if you use the correct timing and misdirection it gets 'em!

As for follow up effects- you could go on to explain that it's easy as you have rubber fingers- and do the rubber fingers gag (where it looks like the fingers of your hands bend both ways when rubbed together), then follow up this with some Mier Yedid finger fantasies stuff.
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I opened my very first stand up show with this
The audience knew it was my first show and clapped but apart from that I don't usually get applause
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I've never read this effect in any book. I saw Copperfield do it couple years ago and just threw it in my act. I've used it ever sinse. I love it. I've used it on stage and during my birthday parties with great success.

JKVAND...I use this as part of a larger series of effects that use my body and fit the appropriate story line (like Alexoid said). It's great becuase its the only effect in that "set" that the audience can try. If they figure it out, good for them, they get to show their friends.

As far as the ending goes, I remember Copperfield just doing it and flashing us that slow, sly smile that has made him famous. No ending.

I love it.
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David Stone's Real Secrets of Magic has it.
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I perform this trick often but don't know the name of it. It was taught to me by another magician.

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As I recall, the Copperfield televised version..the camera cut away at precisely what would be a critical moment in the trick. I'm assuming it was a critical moment, because without that I couldn't figure the durn thing out.
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If you put your hands in the finished position, you should be able to figure out what the starting position has to be. (I have to do this all the time to remind me of starting position 'cuz I suffer from advanced CRS Syndrome.) Grin

This is a great audience participation starting effect (especially for kids) because you get everyone involved, standing, stretching, moving, participating and, most importantly, laughing. When you get done with this effect, the audience "likes you" and know that they are in for a good time.

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This must not be Kansas anymore, Toto.

Eschew obfuscation.
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