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What do you think is the best response to someone who asks that when you show them a trick. you know what i mean you've just pulled off what looks to the laymen as a stunning piece of magic but you know full well you are they say let me look at those cards or the coins? what do you do? apart from Smile
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If youre in the midle of a tricks and they say that just say " Does it look like I need any help" Or you can say " I wrote the script and there are no lines for you"
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Yes, you could use lines such as those, but if the request is innocent enough it may turn your audience against you. Besides, you don't want to offend or hurt the people you are performing for. I think there's a difference between heckling and just asking a question.

You could always put the deck/cards/coins into your pocket at the end of the effect. If they ask to examine them, just pull out some ungaffed duplicates.

Or you could make sure that your effects are routined in such a way that you end clean. I don't mean you have to end each effect clean, you could just put it into a set with a few others, and make sure your last one is clean. After you end the "unclean" effect you could just move right into another trick.
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If not all of the cards or coins are gaffen then just hand them one of the ungaffed ones to look at, make it look like you just randomly chose one to hand to them.
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One way I found is to prevent the question in the first place. Before I use a gaffed coin or card, I will do a couple of effects without gaffs and let them shuffle and examine all they want. I then move into a couple with a gaff, then back to ungaffed and let them check out the ungaffed. They never realize I did 3-4 tricks and they never touched the cards or coins and by the time they do realize it, I am back to the normal decks or coins.

Just my 2 cents.

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Douglas B.
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I think this problem mainly arrises with freinds, but easily the best solution is to end clean. Ensure that you put away your gaff, and try to have an ungaffed item in the same pocket. But beware, make sure you are confident that you can offer the innocent item without checking!
Steve Friedberg
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...and yet another argument for performing without gaffs as much/as often as possible.

"A trick does not fool the eyes, but fools the brain." -- John Mulholland
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This is more just for using gaffs and what to do in the event of being asked to show your wears. so lets not try and change this thread to that. yes you are wonderful if you just use pure skill but if you like gaffs so what.(don't answer that question)
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Have you heard this: -Can I shuffle?
What to do?
Jonatan Bank
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let them shuffle!!!!

always let the spec shuffle!

even if they mess up 1 or 2 effects, just let them shuffle without thinking about it and act slightly annoyed and shocked that they don't trust you, after 1 or 2 shuffles they will catch on that you don't care and won't bother.
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