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Hey, guys. I've been performing tricks for family gatherings and I'm still into that "Do a trick, put it away, pull out another one, put it away, etc. I know that presentation is super important and I am fine PERFORMING my tricks. I start my show usually doing card tricks and came up with this- (which to all the advanced magicians will probably seem corny)- I start wanting to do a card trick but realized I forgot my cards and all I have are these worthless unprinted and unfolded card boxes and use the "Sudden Deck 2" to attain the cards. But as I pull the cards out of the box I explain how I guess it's my lucky day. But wait, I've got another problem....The cards are all blank! a little more patter and I state "What am I going to do with a bunch of blank cards" and work my way into "Presto Printo". I need to start stringing tricks together smoothly so they all look like they go together. I'm sure people will probably laugh at what I just said but can someone give me some advice on how to put tricks together correctly without everything looking so "broken up"? Thanks.
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First of all good work. There's two things that stand out from your post. First of all you enjoy doing magic and because of that you want the audience to enjoy your magic as well. The second thing is you have started to do what your asking by putting sudden deck and presto printo together. Which I feel is a fine thing to do the main question to answer do your audience like it ?

So I think you should add one or two more tricks to add to what you have. For example add a dice trick or / and a coin trick and you could link them with a casino theme.

I've been in a similar position and searching around in the Café helped me a lot look at topics about putting tricks together also topics dealing with what sort of tricks work for different people and were you perform.

All this said if you keep having fun, your audience is having fun, your a winner.
Enjoy your magic,

and let others enjoy it as well!
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Nattefrost - Congrats, you are on a good path!

What about the character you are when you perform? Who are you and why are you doing these things? Think about that and may help you tie everything together

Also the presentation is your choice but I've never been a fan of saying what you are going to do, have a logical reason for doing it and it will flow better in your presentation, like needing your cards does now with all the boxes and card appearance.

Have you read "Showmanship for Magicians" by Dariel Fitzkee? That can help in your performance and routine

Keep up the good work
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I find that it feels a bit awkward and unnatural to assume a character for friends and family. I suppose there are ways to make it work -- to be obviously play-acting and making it large and fun. But otherwise, some traditional patter can seem really canned.

When showing effects to people I know or in casual situations, I like to acknowledge that I'm interested in magic, and ask if they'd be interested in seeing something I'm working on. Then I segue into the effect by talking about why a certain prop interests me, what kind of mysterious themes play into it etc.

For example, with Crazy Man's Handcuffs, I say -- "Here's something I'm working on with rubber bands. I like using these because they are so un-magical. We're all familiar with rubber bands...we know their protperties, what they do, what they can't do. For example, if I place them into my fingers in this way, you can instantly see that they're stuck in this position -- can't pull off this way...or that way... so when I separate them like this -- it's quite an amazing moment! Did you see that? Even I'm amazed! (Big smile.)"

Then while keeping the bands stretched, I segue into Stargazer (one of the bands has secretly been a Stargazer band all along.) "Here's another minor miracle that I love..." I let them think that making the star within the star is the effect -- and then ask them to make a magic wave.

By now I've transitioned from a casual conversation with someone I know, to a more traditional magician persona. And there is some level of honesty about being myself with someone that I know.

What do you all think about this?

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Profile of Jimeh
I think it's just the sort of thing you should be doing for that type of setting Daniel, that's awesome. It's an informal situation but you're still providing a level of entertainment and framework for the magic to happen.

Whether it's a character or not it should still be an extension of you.
It should feel and appear natural. Some assume zany character personas etc and it totally suits them, others not at all. That's where our individual journeys begin. Be yourself...

Vick has made a crucial point when he says you need to identify who you are and why you're doing these things (or why these things are happening to you depending on the presentation). Identify that and you're much closer to establishing that overall flow and connection between effects.

Keep at guys cool stuff!

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Profile of Jaz
DanielCoyne says, "I find that it feels a bit awkward and unnatural to assume a character for friends and family." and I agree. For them you are doing tricks rather than magic.

What I prefer for friends is to seque into tricks in the form of sets.
An example:
Do a dollar bill trick like 'Ghost Bills'.
Then do and effect with a coin and bill. Maybe Sankey's 'Wrapped'.
Follow with a coin trick and finish.

Another is 'Coin to key" ala Bobo but using a finger ring and different handling.
'Ring Flite' follows.
End with Wilson's 'Florida Keys'.

For more formal routines a theme like gambling is good.
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