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Irfaan Kahan
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Hello

I'm sure if this is the correct forum . . .

Two somewhat unsettling incidents occurred today:

1) I met a colleague going up the stairs at work. He says, out of the blue; "Can you do a trick with rubberbands?" To which I respond, "Sure". He hands me two rubberbands that he had been playing with, and I proceeded into a quick CMH trick. I did the unlink twice. Afterwards he asked me to show him how I did it, and I declined. He was suitably impressed by the effect.

I happened to be in his office a few hours later, whereupon he performed a crude unlink with the bands (same technique - just awful execution). He shouted gleefully: "I love Youtube!"

2) About ten minutes ago, another colleague expressed his amazement at David Blaine's Street Levitation. Another colleague (completely different person from the first two), then proceeded to explain in meticulous detail the Balducci Levitation. He even went so far as give us a crude demonstration.

I'm not sure about what more I can say . . .
I'm a Magician playing the part of an Actor
MMark
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That must be so frustrating... I know this wouldn't work in all cases, but how about withholding the name of the trick? For example, "I will make these three different ropes become the same length" instead of "This trick is called Professor's Nightmare."

Just my 0.02

Mark
Ronald72
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Hi Irfaan,

I feel your first colleague has already been on the internet. Just "a coincidence" he's having two rubberbands with him. I think he need you to do the trick live so he understands what's going on in the film of youtube. you've been set up.

think of it as a challenge instead of a problem. So what this information is been out? What about all the bad performances how give the secrets of magic away.

It is our challenge to give magic that they cannot find on youtube.

Back to your question, what more can you say. Let them have the stage. Stop doing magic at that time for them or anybody else around. With there actions they taking and making your magic not serious.

my best,
Ronald
abc
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Being a fellow South African I feel I have to respond and not because I feel this is a South African problem.
I classify effects into three categories.
Tricks that the average person can learn on youtube in 10 minutes.
Tricks that are easy or self working that needs presentation to make them brilliant (I often post about my fondness of Gemini Twins but I have a version of the trick that I love doing and even people who know it love watching it)
Tricks that the average person or starter magician can not do because they require a memorized set up or some great sleight of hand.
I never do effects from number one and although I think it is a great effect I am not to fond of rubber band effects purely because they fall into category one.
I think there are engouh effects from Categories 2 and 3 to be a great magician but run the risk of beig caught up in working on presentation and difficult sleights. I like that risk and it is worth taking.
Sorry this happenend to you though.
GlenD
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I just don't worry about it. It seems that if an effect is done well, presentation and exectution all well thought out and practiced, than it will usually get positive reaction and applause etc. Even if some in the audience have been subject to "exposure" at some earlier time. But I am thinking more of performance situations, where folks are present to see a show as opposed to just running into some friends. Friends that have recently learned the secret to a given trick then ask you to perform it for them... ouch. Big difference in the two scenarios!

Glen
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othelo68
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It doesn't matter. there are thousands of pictures of the mona lisa but seeing it in person is something entirely else. do magic you love and do it the best you can maybe the passion will make the effect that much more magical
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