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When the last person asked me how I did a card trick, my response was to hand them the deck, get them to grip it tightly, close there eyes............and think happy thoughts!
The more someone asks and you turn them down, the more they want to no the secret. It's all part of the fun

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On 2008-04-11 00:57, edlandau wrote:
I used to be really bad... girlfriends... family... etc. all used to want to know how tricks are done. I was soft.

Then I met a magician. I knew that if I was going to learn any more tricks, I was going to have to learn how to keep my mouth shut.

I find it hard to do so without offending my best friends... family etc. My excuse: I want this magician I met to respect me (so maybe he can teach me)... and that seems to work. But it is hard.

Any suggestions on other techniques to get out of it?

-Ed


1. Make something up as a false explaination.
2. Stop performing for family and friends. They are the worst.
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Sure, I'll play along:

-"How did you do that?"

Hmmm...I don't really know?

-"How did you do that?"

"There's a trick to this?!"
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On 2008-04-11 00:57, edlandau wrote:
I used to be really bad... girlfriends... family... etc. all used to want to know how tricks are done. I was soft.

Then I met a magician. I knew that if I was going to learn any more tricks, I was going to have to learn how to keep my mouth shut.

I find it hard to do so without offending my best friends... family etc. My excuse: I want this magician I met to respect me (so maybe he can teach me)... and that seems to work. But it is hard.

Any suggestions on other techniques to get out of it?

-Ed


I don't know what type of performance yours is, but as for me, I don't perform it as "magic." really. When I perform I do state that those are tricks, that are just for fun.

People start asking about the way it is, and I just honestly explain how knowing the method will kill the feeling of joy and wonder you get when seeing tricks, that's why magicians never tell, they want to entertain you.

It always works for me.
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Looking back at my previous posts, mine are pretty lame, haha...luckily I've never used them for a real audience!

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All the ideas are so great. Interesting how much the answers show the maturity and class of the performer. Of course the whole act, does but these short answers makes it a little more condensed. Neat stuff.
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Just tell them you would be breaking the magicians code.

Also tell them when a magician tells secret the other magicians will

make you disappear.

Humor will always make them understand you can not reveal the secret
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Devin Knight has a great jumbo monte routine that I use sometimes when people keep asking "how did you do that?" I'll say, "OK, do you want to learn a trick?" They'll usually say "yes," and forget about the routine for which they requested the explanation. For the first 2/3 of Mr. Knight's routine, it appears as though you're teaching them the method to a monte routine - which, actually, you are, so it makes them feel as if they've actually gotten the peek behind the curtain that they wanted. Then at the end, you suddenly change it up and transform the jumbo into a completely different card. That last part gets no explanation. Works even better if the jumbo is a call-back to a previously selected card from another effect, and you have that volunteer blow on the back of the jumbo to make the transformation.
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How you do that?
If I tell you I must kill you Smile And do happy mime.
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This always works for me, especially with an apologetic look:

"Sorry, I promised not to tell."
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I remember being badgered only once by a couple of teens when I was in my late teens. They wanted to know how I did the tricks so they could then go run to their girl friends to impress them with their knowledge. Although they pushed the subject of how I did the tricks, I just told them I'm sorry, I can't reveal how the tricks are done.

Most of the time, someone says to me, "How did you do that?" because what else can they say to seeing something magical happen right in front of them. If you are truly amazed at what you just saw, you're not likely to say, "That was nice," or "Cute trick." To me that means I didn't perform it well enough to impress, amaze, astound, or shock them. I take the question, "How'd you do that," to mean they were entertained and for a brief instant in back of their mind a voice told them they had just witnessed magic. So when they ask, my reply is usually something like, "Did you like that?" or "Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed that." They really don't want to know and we know if they learned how it worked, they'd lose interest in the art of magic completely.

I use my wife as a sounding board on some tricks. I recently performed NU-wave Reloaded by Alain Nu for her and her sister. My wife later told me it was a nice trick and proceeded to tell me how she thought it worked. She nearly nailed it exactly, so there was little magic there for her. However on another occasion, I did a variation of Columbni (sic?) Jumbo Coincidence for her and her reaction was, "HOW THE F***** DID YOU DO THAT??" That's how I know it's a great trick. But she still wasn't really interested in how I did the trick, it was just her reaction not knowing what else to say.
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There is a really funny site
http://www.mallusionist.com

they have false explanations of so many tricks that pepole perform, so you can get some explanations off of there and say those.
for example: if you are doing a floating dollar. you say, " well I get a straw and I cut it so its an inch, then I put it in my mouth. I crumple up the dollar and I blow air through the straw so it hits precisely at the center, pushing air upward lifting the bill. I've trained myself to do it without a straw"

something as ridiculous as that always works

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On 2008-04-11 00:57, edlandau wrote:
I used to be really bad... girlfriends... family... etc. all used to want to know how tricks are done. I was soft.

Then I met a magician. I knew that if I was going to learn any more tricks, I was going to have to learn how to keep my mouth shut.

I find it hard to do so without offending my best friends... family etc. My excuse: I want this magician I met to respect me (so maybe he can teach me)... and that seems to work. But it is hard.

Any suggestions on other techniques to get out of it?

-Ed


I usually tell them I'm sworn to secrecy, (Which I am) and I also explain to them very FRANKLY the truth that if they knew the secret they would be dissapointed and the magic and the wonder would be lost.

I mean it. I am really honest with people about that.

After all, I'm a magician, so I'm supposed to be honest right? Smile
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"How did you do that?"

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"All of my magic is powered by a cunning device that consumes stupid questions and produces lies."
"Really?"
"Yes.".

- I could tell you, but I'd have to turn you into a rabbit and produce you from a hat at birthday parties. It's the law.

- (For vanishes and productions) I put it into/pulled it out of "the place between"
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- I took a ball, and a cup, and every day, for thirty years, I practiced putting the ball under the cup and taking it out again. Then one day, I realized how utterly pointless it all was, and decided to do it with magic instead.

- As a great man once said, "It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense." Of course, he also shared a bunk with a wookie, so he may be wrong.

- The truth? Psychology, physics and practice.

- This cool guy in a mask showed me how. He's on Fox. Check him out.
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I just tell them "It was an illusion. And you'd be disappointed if I spoilt it for you..."
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There is a very funny episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasum" where a kid does a card trick for Larry David. He asks the kid how he did the trick. The kid says "I can't tell you, magicians don't reveal the tricks". Larry says, "Your not a magician, what, you know one trick, that makes you a magician?"....etc..
He keeps pressing all episode and the kid won't tell him.
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Two that I use:

1. I ask them if they can keep a secret. They always say, "yes". I reply, "Well so can I". Always gets a good chuckle then I move on.

2. I like to do transpo's or other effects in their hands. I make it seem like they did the magic. "you were the last one to have the cards (or coins, etc). So, I was hoping that you could tell me how you did it."
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I've told them to read the latest Harry Potter book for the secret.

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If I tell you, then I'll have to kill you works fine for me.. Smile
From my little experience I believe that the way you will refuse is more important than the answer.. I always try to be gentle and humorous.
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I do something familiar to Chada 13. I'll use a trick with a lot of audience participation and then just reply. "I love a trick in which I don't do anything."

and if someone does ask how did that work...I'll tell them I don't know...works good with my character.
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