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On 2010-11-16 11:21, Jeff Taub wrote:
I've told them to read the latest Harry Potter book for the secret.

Jeff


Perhaps you should refer them to the stage magic of A Very Potter Musical (a theatre musical based on the Harry Potter books which has absolutely no magic in it).
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"How did you do that?"

"Exactly as I planned".
I'm always honest about when I'm lying. And I'm always lying...
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On 2010-09-01 22:30, bhavz95 wrote:
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

-bhavz95


This site is hilarious! Thanks for sharing. Some of those "explanations" will come in handy!
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On 2008-06-14 16:16, Veneficus Cruor wrote:
How'd you do that?
1. Im a genetic freak.
2. Through years of tedious practice and self-denial
3. Camera Tricks ( only if your showing in live )
4. Pure luck.

hope these helped =D


LOL: No. 2 just cracked me up.

Some really great responses by everyone on this.

I also wanted to share an experience the other night that really surprised me. I did a show at my church, and the teenagers surprisingly were the ones most excited. Usually they are, like, you know, bored with everything, like. But they really enjoyed it.

Two teen girls were talking and one said, "I think I caught how you did the one with the cane (color-changing)."

"How?" her friend responded.

"Magicians don't tell how they do their tricks, and I don't think I should either."

I smiled, never found out if she knew the "real" secret, but I wanted to hug her.
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On 2008-07-13 15:09, Sir Richard wrote:
" I had to sell my soul to the devil to make that work. I'm sure he'll do the same for you; want me to give him a call?"


You should not use this one when you just did some Gospel-Magic, should you ? Smile
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Me? I thought YOU did it!
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On 2008-04-13 15:22, Justin Style wrote:
I always say, "okay, take off your clothes and I'll tell you." Most people end it right there. And the ones who did take off their clothes now know the value of keeping a secret...

I am not making this up.

Try it.


Let me know what happens.



I'd be careful with THAT one! With my luck, the only people that would take off their clothes would be the ones that I WOULD NEVER WANT TO SEE NAKED!
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On 2008-04-23 14:07, Hearttau wrote:
Here's another one. " If I tell you, there will be a little less magic and wonder in your life. Do you really want to know?" So far, its always worked for me. Of course, there's always the old standby: " I could tell you, but then you'll disappear." The kids back off with that one. Smile

Thanks for the tip! Sometimes you just need humor, because they don't really want to know, they just don't know what else to say.

I believe I have a special insight, because what I do, nobody has mentioned yet.

I simply tell them.

The context here is that I am performing magic for my family and friends, and they know that I am practicing to perform for strangers. Therefore, I don't mind telling them. I want to think, in my head, as I perform, "Anyone can do this," because not only does that humble you, and make you easier to like, it also reinforces the notion that you won't fail.
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On 2008-06-14 00:28, gdw wrote:
If I told you, then I couldn't feel special that I can and you can't.


I feel like if they ask me how I did it, then I need to change the way I perform the trick. And simply showing how it is done humbles me for the next time. (And I have tons of tricks.)

The more humble I am, the more like-able. The more like-able I am, the less the audience focuses on being fooled. (Internally humble, not externally.)
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Heres an idea

"How did you do that"
"Ok I'll tell you, listen carefully because I'm only going to tell you once"
"Ok"
"Benji"
"What??"
"Well it's too late, I'm not going to tell you again"
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Francis Urquhart in the mini-series HOUSE OF CARDS had that wonderful saying, "You might very well think that -- I couldn't possibly comment."

I have a habit of convoluting the issue -- explanations offered by the audience are frequently off the mark, and it's fun to agree with them, and then offer an equally bizarre factor to the equation. Often times this leaves them just as confused, but, equally, feeling that they might be in on trick, which couldn't be further from the truth.
Yr. Obdt. Svt.,
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Just don't hold it over their head that you know it and they don't. It takes away the fun and also image of magic when you reveal effects.
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David Berglas, in response to people asking how he did his Floating Table, would often say, "That's a very good idea. I might have to try that next time." I think that's a wonderful response.
Yr. Obdt. Svt.,
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Specializing in the Occult Arts of Fortune Telling, Magic & Mediumship; Est. 1986
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On 2010-09-01 22:30, bhavz95 wrote:
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

-bhavz95


Unbelievable read. I think doing it in a humorous way is always the way to go.
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A guy said to me"How did you do that?"
I said "If I tell you, I'd have to kill you"
The guy said "Ok then....Tell my wife"

But do not use this joke with a guy when his wife is there!
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On 2008-04-26 10:38, Loopback wrote:
I recently joined up with the IBM and now I just tell them I cant or the magic mafia will come after me for breaking the oath.


Ay, yo! Come on, there's no such thing as the Mafia Smile



yo! Come on, There's no such thing as Magic Smile
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On 2011-07-23 19:16, Howie Diddot wrote:
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On 2008-04-29 10:49, Justin Style wrote:
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On 2008-04-26 10:38, Loopback wrote:
I recently joined up with the IBM and now I just tell them I cant or the magic mafia will come after me for breaking the oath.


Ay, yo! Come on, there's no such thing as the Mafia Smile



yo! Come on, There's no such thing as Magic Smile


The magical mafia are sort of now you see them, now you don't. And they are always in the other hand.
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It was 1980, I was a public school teacher and in our small town we had just started to use micro computers in the elementary school. I had been asked to drive about two hours to a neighbouring town and do a demonstration to their teachers. It was all pretty new then and I was pretty green at it.

About three quarters of the way through, I was trying to explain CPUs and RAMs and disc drives and there was a a pause. A bit of a know-it-all in the second row says out loud, so everyone could hear, "Yes, but how does it really do that? Where does it happen?" Referring to the electronics of it, the bits and bytes etc. The computer company from the big city who was sponsoring the demo had sent along a friend of mine, a geek who worked for them, but who also knew educators. He was very quietly sitting in row four. There was a longer pause because I did not know how to answer.

In a stage whisper Chris said, "Its all done in the PFM box."

The questioner turned around, looked directly at Chris and asked. "PFM box, what's that stand for?"

By now you could hear a pin drop.

Chris's soft, clear, reply was, "Pure, (little pause), Magic.


"So - "How did I do it?" - "Its all done in the PFM box"
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I tell them " you are so lucky to still have that feeling , and that I wish I did to. I miss the feeling of not knowing how the magic is done. your so lucky!!
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I just look at them smile and say secret!!
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Paraphrased from the Big Bang Theory (Episode: The Prestidigitation Approximation):

"How'd you do that?"

"Hey, not knowing is part of the fun! Or, at least, that was the motto at my community college."
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