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Has anyone mentioned "go ahead and..."?

I think it's quite recent, but my God, it's getting annoying.

Ryan Schultz, an otherwise engaging performer and instructor on the Big Blind Media "Self Workers" series, cannot go more than two or three sentences without saying it.

"I'd like you to go ahead and cut the cards..."
"Now go ahead and memorise your card..."
"Just go ahead and sign your name here..."

It is ALWAYS redundant.

Michael O'Brien, who does the instruction for Josh Zandman's Time Traveller book test, is another perpetrator. "Now you can go ahead and name the word they looked at..." Again and again and again.

Four COMPLETELY unnecessary syllables.

Once you notice it, you can't unnotice it and it's infuriating.
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I just go ahead and cry now.
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On Jan 11, 2020, Ross W wrote:
Has anyone mentioned "go ahead and..."?

I think it's quite recent, but my God, it's getting annoying.

Ryan Schultz, an otherwise engaging performer and instructor on the Big Blind Media "Self Workers" series, cannot go more than two or three sentences without saying it.

"I'd like you to go ahead and cut the cards..."
"Now go ahead and memorise your card..."
"Just go ahead and sign your name here..."

It is ALWAYS redundant.

Michael O'Brien, who does the instruction for Josh Zandman's Time Traveller book test, is another perpetrator. "Now you can go ahead and name the word they looked at..." Again and again and again.

Four COMPLETELY unnecessary syllables.

Once you notice it, you can't unnotice it and it's infuriating.


Thanks for pointing it out! Someone has to! I don’t even realize I do sometimes. I actually got called out for saying “mkay” too much and corrected that. I have more to work on now!
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For me it's, "SHOOT, pretend you didn't see that!

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I've been watching a lot of Jay Sankey videos lately, mkay?

He says kay and mkay so much I'm afraid I might start picking up this bad habit. Smile
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No end to this.

The British love to say: "Brilliant" after a spectator has cut a deck of cards. What's so brilliant about that?

"I see a red card" when being blindfolded.

"Look closely". One guy said it 24 times in the course of a single trick.

But enough of the ranting. Some remedy is called for.

A way out of this is to tape your patter and then listen to it, eyes closed. Makes me cringe everytime I do it, but it is darn useful.

Ciao for now

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"Packs Flat and Plays Big"....argghhh...please...JUST STOP IT!
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So, if we took out all of the overused terms in this thread, we could probably get a card revelation routine down to: "Card" (pause) "Six of Clubs".

How much time would that save. Now if we can only remove the spectator from the equation.....
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On Jan 11, 2020, Ross W wrote:
Ryan Schultz, an otherwise engaging performer...


I would guess Ryan could be tired of everyone spelling his last name as Schultz rather than Schlutz. (or maybe he just expects it)

Though this comment is not exactly on topic, it just jumped out at me seeing the post and Ryan's name right below it with a response.
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Much of what has been said in the thread is common sense, as not to repeat or mention pointless phrases. This is all about reading and writing skills. We have been performing stories as children before other children already with 8 grades in elementary school and it was part of the curriculum. Over the years we have been making essays and teachers have been constantly pointing out to repetitions and pointless phrases, in the end, maybe 4-5 pupils or students among about 30 are able to write a story correctly and nicely talk about it in front of others.

A magician who knows how to direct attention can tell any kind of phrases and pass with it, as the point is not what exactly is spoken but where exactly the attention is. When there is much attention on phrases like "Brilliant" or "Pick any card" or similar explained in this thread then this draws audience to think whatever was not intended. The general rule is to observe what effect one wants to present and then to draw attention on those details adding and building the effect. If that is observed, magician can tell anything. Phrases become overused if attention is on them.

My advise is to watch Tommy Wonder's videos, he does not put attention on those overused phrases, he uses them, but they don't get noticed as attention is not on them. He draws attention of the audience on the necessary details that builds up the effect. Juan Tamariz uses many phrases over and over again though makes sure that attention is drawn on the effect.
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