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Justin McWilliams
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Ok everyone I have a little term for a certain genre of magic. It's the kind of stuff that you do where it just leaves people saying, "I must be on something." I consider things like ashes to ashes, the web, out of this world, that kind of stuff if any one else can think of other stuff like that, tell me what you consider to be that.
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Hmm... I don't know if this would count or not but Card-Toon is very awesome and a clever trick.
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Tricks where stuff happens in the spectator's hands.
Mark Martinez
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I agree with Vincenzo. When you can make things happen in their hands, they love that!

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What about writing a prediction on a piece of paper, then tell him that you are thinking on what you just wrote and that you will try to transmit your thoughts to him. Ask him to tell you the first word that comes to his mind. Show him the paper and see his reaction.
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I get that reaction with my packet tricks. And the haunted bill. It's a great reaction. Smile
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Try the Invisible deck, Brainwave, Strange Voyage, which can be found in close up card magic and on the Johnny Ace Palmer tapes. That trick kills people and Dr. Daley's last trick.
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I think that the Micro-5 works that way, most people either run-away, cross themselves,or just sit there. Smile
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I think performing Sankey's "What if?" from Secret Files #2 is a real crowd pleaser and teaser.
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Deep Astonishment, Impression, Anniversary Waltz, Signed Card Tricks in general, all in the hands magic is mind-blowing.

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Ask someone to think of someone important to them, get them to write it down, centre tear it, do some cold reading, culminatng in the revelation of the name, there are not many stronger effects I do.

The resonance and impact directly depends on how much emotion you have got them to
'invest in the name' ie, if you ask them to write down the name of somone they know or someone who is 'important to them'. Smile
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Cold reading is awesome...

I'm thinking of setting up shop as a cold reader in Grant Park in Chicago! It should be fun. Now to age my tarot deck...
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Anything by Paul Harris.
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Well I'd say Arm Twister really gets the spectator saying your on something as well as them, lol so I think anything where you alter something of their's into a magic piece and yes if done in their hands better yet.

But if you're looking for an effect that is going to get that responce, do Bill in Tube or Pen, etc... because they will definitely think their on drugs for giving you their money in the first place!!
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I think that any effect performed slowly and with great care will create that sensation in an audience.

Its great fun when it happens! Smile
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I have to agree with nicholas... anything done well will do.

I have trouble with listing effects that "kill". What it does is create a monster. Soon, everyone will be doing that "killer" effect instead of making what they already do a "killer" effect.

Far better to post "how can we make xxx effect a killer effect".

Oh sure, I can spell "Antidisestablishmentarianism", but I can't type t-h-e.
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Definitely the invisible deck, well worth it.
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I agree with:

Impromptu Out of This World

Card Warp

Ashes in Palm

Invisible Deck

However, I'd also add:

IT, if used correctly (no bouncy-bouncy
"floating" $ bill). Especially for non-levitating movement like cutting a deck of cards, having the IT graze a spectator's arm hairs, moving a fork on the table, etc.

Magic is a vanishing Art.

This must not be Kansas anymore, Toto.

Eschew obfuscation.
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Deep astonishment must be worth a mention.
Leaves punters thinking WT!!!
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I had forgotten this effect I used to do:

About 20 years ago, Doug Henning did a Rubik's Cube effect on one of his TV specials where he twisted the cube up into a mess and then he threw it into the air, caught it and it was solved!! This was a close-up magic effect and only used one cube. No switches, No topit. Just the one cube.

Now THAT had people checking their reality.

Magic is a vanishing Art.

This must not be Kansas anymore, Toto.

Eschew obfuscation.
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