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Properly handled, I think stooges are fine. I do Karrel Fox's Little Red Table a LOT, and it is an instant-stooge type effect.

It's very solid, and I do have an alternate ending (Brainwave) ready in case the helper decides *not to help*.

But, it's never happened.

And I know for a fact that at least in one case, the info that they were my "stooge" has stayed pretty well concealed, since one lady pestered me for over a year about how could "the card the girl thought of appear in my billfold".

I do admit though, that as I escort the volunteer off the stage, I mention to them that "If you don't tell anyone, it'll drive them all crazy".

I also have to admit that there's not much work for the stooge to do in this effect. Just name a card.

I'm not sure I'd trust any instant-stooge to do much more than this.
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Very funny topic. I paid good money to see a famous magician perform. not going to say his name. but me and my wife had front row seats... a lady comes up and asks if I have good seats and I told her to pretty much go on that I wasnt selling her my tickets to get in trouble.... then she says no she is the assistant of this magician and that my wife is perfect size for an illusion.... he then takes her backstage has her sign a waver and then she performs origami on stage for him during the show.... luckily she new this trick since we performed it.... but he had that risk of once she is in the box of being clostrophobic or anything in that nature.... but that's a way he uses stooges..... she also got a bunch of stuff free after the show... but to me that's very risky
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As an escape artist, I use stooges a little differently, not to make a trick work, but to speed up an act. Some venues only allow a few minutes per act. Taking audience "volunteers" on a walk through of some of my more elaborate rope ties can save time. Just pre-selecting volunteers can save time. Pretending we've never met or worked together can add to the comedy.

Now I'm submitting scripted routines, small, one act clown shows to fringe festivals. I'm looking at expanding my use of stooges. There are a lot of opinions on the pros and cons of using stooges. I'm experimenting with the practical reality. I want to see what works, what doesn't and why. My two cents from a new guy.
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