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Dallen
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This is one of those tricks I do if I am at someone's house and they have foil. Impromptu, and it gets some pretty good reactions.
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I also got poor reactions from this but I like the idea of adding it to something else. Smile
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On 2003-12-22 07:01, Xia wrote:
Which AoA is this in?
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It's in book three, page 13. (First effect in that book.)
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Lithis-

I was shown this effect while living in California by a friend of Paul's. My brain turned to goo and I immediately understood what kind of a mission Paul is on concerning taking magic a step further.

I've got to agree with Montz's post about people's presentation on this effect. This is NOT for your typical "magical entertainer" that merely struts around like a peacock quacking, "lookit' me! lookit' me!" This effect is for the performer who actually cares about SHARING an impossible moment with a couple of spectator's who are in need of a little rule-cleansing of their world.

You have to BUILD this effect up. Too many magicians jump on an effect without proper BUILD-UP and let that impossible "POP" just go limp. A couple of interesting ways to bring a topic up in conversation that could lead into this effect is to either steer everyone's minds toward headstone rubbings or counterfeiting of bills. The grave rubbing could actually become part of a really cool story if you put some thought into it. During dinner or sometime when you're about to pay for something talk about the new $20s and counterfeiting. Bring up the subject of people counterfeiting coins and how difficult it is. As a magician, it's easy for you to tell the difference between a fake and the real deal...you simply wave your hand.

Maybe talk about spirits in the air who constantly give us "signs."

The point is, and it's been said again and again, "Magicians stop thinking too soon." Don't be afraid to take your time to build an effect up. Don't be afraid to have an effect ready, but never a moment and end up NOT doing the effect.

For those who that don't get the most of this simple (but lethal in the right hands) of an effect and own the Paul Harris books go back and actually read Paul's essay on what he believes the moment of astonishment is! If you haven't read his essay over and over and over, you're doing yourself a disservice to both yourself AND magic.

Tony Ley
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Personally I get great reactions from this effect- so much so I carry a small square of gold foil in my wallet, always ready to create a few delicious chocolate coins..

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My only advice is - Don't go overboard with how hard and how long it takes to make the impression. I usually don't go for more than 5 seconds.

Why? It doesn't take rocket science for someone to figure out that it's not that hard to leave an impression in the foil. It's easy to get caught in this lie.

That way if they go home and get out a piece of foil, play with the coin, there's not an AH HA moment when they can make an impression in about 1 second.

I go to these lengths because many of the people who see my magic see me on an everyday basis, and like to try to figure out how I did it.

In any case, I've found it's not necessary to really play that step up.
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I read this thread (now for the first time) with interest, since I worked on this with Paul while editing the AoA trilogy.

After working it out, Paul wanted spectator reaction. It happened that I was scheduled to do walkaround for a wedding reception, so I tried it out.

I used heavy-duty foil (it was all I had in the house) and got excellent reactions from the effect.

It's one of my favorite effects. Give it a try.

Andre
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