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I was wondering what all you guys and gals use for your comeback lines for street magic, or close-up magic in general. Phrases such as "how did you do that" and "I know how that works" etc are the ones that come at me the most.

Please put the question/comment that the spectator says, then the comeback line below it when you make your post.

Thanks guys! This should be a very helpful thread for all of us!

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Good topic.

"How did you do that?":
"Very well thank you"
"I don't know"
Point to some one who is not sure what is happening and say "Ask him(her), they taught me every thing I know!"
"Many years and no social life, and you too can do this!" this is my answer to most questions. "How long did it take to learn that?"... "How long have you been doing that?" etc.

"I know how that is done!"
"SO do I!"
"Cool, tag team magic, your turn, c'mon do a trick....c'mon you said you know how to do it!" Only use this if you intend to shut them down with it.
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I do mostly cards. For the first question I often reply "I was lucky" and for the second I often hand them the deck and say "well go for it".
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How did you do that?
If you never had a girl friend in college then you also could do this.
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Q: "How did you do that???"

A: "I didn't"

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"How you do dat?"
"Can you keep a secret? So can I!" Smile
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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question "how did you do it"
reply "MAGIC"
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My pet hate: "Do that again!" when you can't reset instantly. Still looking for a good answer.
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I told a guy recently I couldn't repeat because I sprained my pinky pulling those cards out of the middle of the deck so fast.

"Mommy when I grow up I want to be a magician"
"Oh sweety you can't do both."
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On 2003-04-05 18:26, shinobi wrote:
my pet hate... "do that again!" when u can't reset instantly.. still looking for a good answer

The first time it's magic, the second time it's a lesson; and I don't give lessons!
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The first time it's magic, the second time it's a lesson & lessons are not free & very expensive
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"How'd you do that"?

Do the Hot Shot Cut (or Snowshoe Cut?) where you cut the deck & shoot a card out & into the other hand, then replace it on the deck. Then say "I did that, only really fast!"

I like dgiancaspro's idea of 'spraining my pinky'.....good one!!
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Hehehe, I read another post where the guy said, "I'd love to, but I REALLY need the toilet" which could be an escape, or a chance to reset.
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"How did you do that?"
"Do what?"
"Do THAT!"
"Do what!?"
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Dr Amazo.

I like your come back...simply because its true!!!

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Ok here are some stock lines that I use.
To "Do that Again" I say "First time it's entertainment second time it's an education".
Or "It's a scientific concept known as 'Acrossmosis' which is the movement of a solid object through a semi-permeable membrane" (actually that's 'diffusion' but there isn't ANYTHING funny about 'diffusion' so I call it "Acrossmosis'!)
To "Hey can you show me how you did that?" I say "Well I can't because of the three rules of Magic,
The First rule is Never reveal the Secret,
The Second Rule is Never do the same trick twice,
The Third rule is Never get involved in a land war in Asia. I'm not sure what the third one has to do with anything but I think it's good advice!" (The third one is a movie reference by the way, who knows what movie?)

Or a good answer for any situation is
"Who am I?! Who are you?! What am I doing here?! Then start swatting imaginary bugs. They won't ask you anymore questions. Smile
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Q:"How'd you do that?" (If a card trick)

A: "With cards." I very often get laughs out of that one!

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On 2003-04-04 16:07, joseph wrote:
"How u do dat?"
"Can u keep a secret? So can I!" Smile

I have tried many of them on people the last few days... and this one takes the cake for me! The best part is when you say "can u keep a secret", peoples faces LIGHT UP and get very interested in you. Then when you say "so can I" everybody gets mad for a second then bursts out laughing.

Thanks joseph!!!!

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How did you do that?

Magnificently, of course! Smile
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