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"How did you do that?"

Sammy J. Teague
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How did you do that?

Do what?

How did you do that?

I am not sure.

How did you do that?

When you were not loooking I did magic stuff.


How did you do that?

I sold my soul to the devil.
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I like to say "I could tell you but then the brotherhood of magicians would kill me in my sleep for breaking my oath of secrecy".
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I always liked the classic:
"It's nothing anybody couldn't do...
with 10 years practice."
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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I always say, "I turned around while you weren't looking"
Then I say "okay, I'll show you" and I proceed to show them another trick.
Then if they ask again, I say "one minute I'll be right back" and I leave, When I return I change the conversation and the magic is over.
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How do you do that? (Adult)
Viagra works for me not sure about others.

How do you do that? (Children)
Study hard at school learn all you can and let me know when you are ready to do magic.
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On 2008-06-15 00:22, manal wrote:
I will tell you, but first you must bring me a shrubbery.

I tempted to use that tomorrow night at a friend’s dinner party, his sister might be there and she’s a landscaper. If she brings me a shrubbery I’ll send it to Manel. Smile
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The Question:

"C'mon... how'd you do that?"

Possible Answers:

1. "Fish. But don't spread that around."

2. FOR an ACR= "Look closely... There is a minuscule titanium microfillament that rests upon the upper left-hand corner of each card. It is this brilliant and elaborate ruse that allows me to bring your card to the top of the deck and both keep my job at the same time."

3. "Dunno... I forgot."

4. "The same way I do this." (Proceed to disappear in a cloud of smoke and lightning accompanied by a pyrotechnical strobe light display. It'd be worth it if you had the cash. Someone please do this in WALK AROUND puh-leeeeeez Smile )
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Alternatively get a stooge to turn off the lights whilst you run away
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I always tell them its against the magicians code this always work for me.
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It is my experience that most people aren't really interested in how it was done. It is just a natural response to seeing something that is seemingly impossible.

Sometimes my best response is no response at all.....
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If people are constantly asking "how did you do that?" perhaps you need to look for a better presentation rather than a quick, shut them up answer.

Entertain the masses and they'll appreciate having had a good time and won't care about how it's done.

Magic tricks in and of themselves aren't entertainment, merely a collection of puzzles or eye candy. It's the soul behind the magic that pushes it to the next level of entertainment. That's why there are hack magicians doing the cut and restored rope and getting asked "how did you do that?" and people like Michael Finney doing the cut and restored rope and getting a standing ovation.
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Well said Evil Dan....I agree 100%
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I hear and respect Evil Dan's response, but there are always times when we're trying out a trick on friends, acquaintances, family, strangers -- not in the context of a real performance. For those moments, I think these one-liners are hilarious!

(I especially love, "My grandmother was a witch." I don't know why.)

This has been one of the most useful threads I've read in a long time. Thank you!

(And yes, I agree, it's haaaaaaard not to tell sometimes.)

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I find it hardest not to tell other magicians. Now I usually just tell them the name of the effect and what book or DVD I found it on. We magicians often feel that we have a right to know how other magicians effects are done without paying the creator of the effect. But that is another topic.

For laymen I like to say "Oh that, that was nothing. What you really want to know is how I do this one." and then I go on to some other even crazier effect.

Once in a while I get some kid that really, really want to know how I did something (like the bill switch to a mismade dollar) and if nothing else will shake him I tell him that it was a level 19 magic effect and that he would never understand it since he is still level one. But that I can teach him a level one effect and then show him something simple like the rubber band jumping from the two other fingers of your fist to the two inner fingers.
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For me it alwas goes..

-"How'd you do that??"

-"It's in Tarbell"


Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That'll teach you to keep your mouth shut.

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The real question is WHY did I do that...
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Important and interesting thread...

Attached is another approach to "How's it done?" that I wrote a few years ago in "Bringing Magic to Life."

All my best,

Jay Ungar

Click here to view/download attached file.
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I usualy just smile and say "I can't tell you. It would spoil the fun for both of us."

Hey, it works for me.
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Man in audience: "Hey, how'd you do that?"..
Magician: "I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you."..
Man: "Ok then, just tell my wife."...
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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