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Pete Biro
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Somewhere there is a video clip of Armando Lucero doing it and he has an amazing routine with a killer finish. And you thought he just did coin matrix.
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Armando Luceros routine is great and his spectator management are great, he will not have a chanse to look over his schoulder! Saw him preform this at FISM in Stockholm 2006.

But still what do you do if they take a peek over there schoulder or someone in the audience yells out where the paper balls go?
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Here's a question.............what do you do when afer you have invited a spectator to sit to perform paper balls and find that the spectator has either seen the trick before or by some means already know's how it is done? Does anyone have an out for this?
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That's my question to!

I think first of all, If the spectator looks behind his schoulder, thank him for beeing very observant and invite him to help you with the "real" magic trick. Now what would that be?

With my performing style I am looking for another type of "sucker effekt".
Pete Biro
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If you want to go to the trouble. Design a pull that will take a wad of paper.
You then say... "AHA... you know the old fashioned way... but now watch HOW I REALLY DO IT." And do a complete vanish with the pull.
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I think the standard vernet pull would take care of that for you. It's got teeth.
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That's a nice idea Smile
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Slydini's books are an excellent source of learning this effect. He covers subtle points that are usually overlooked. If you can see him perform it (various sources) you will see that he has very definite control and management of the assistant. That being said, I have done this for a quite a while, as have the others here posting tips, and I would venture to say that ALL of us have been burned at one time or another. I feel it is truly part of the learning process. (It can be a fun and humorous part of the learning process as well, if you understand that) It is also where you definitely appreciate what everyone is saying when they tell you "It’s not just throwing the balls over their head." It’s a continual learning and development of the routine process. I still learn things performing this because each time you do it you pick up stuff. I still get burned occasionally, very occasionally, but none the less it happens. Some have seen it, some are tipped from the crowd and sometimes I’m just OVERLOOKING one of those subtle things that make the effect great. So go learn the effect and just start doing it. If you get burned, do torn and restored napkin, sucker finish or strait up. You do have a bunch of napkins there, might as well use them.
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I might add that when I do this routine,I like to do it for the guy who's sitting down.
I believe that it is one of the very best vanishes to use for the person who youare using.
I don't care about the audience and their laughs-I do it for the guy who is sitting their.
Too many people do it as an easy comedy trick IMO.
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On the subject of Paper Balls Over the Head, check out this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIgZs21yBOs

It's a video of Earl "Presto" Johnson performing the effect. He uses sponge balls and is absolutely HILARIOUS!!! The video itself is old, but you can still get the gist of the performance. Great stuff, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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That's so Great, I loved the performance Smile

Thank you for posting fanwun
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Great version.
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I was at a casino a couple days ago and heard the word 'trick'. I asked who knew a trick and the casino shift manager said he knew only one that he 'invented'. He proceded to do a balls over head on the cashier using napkins and he thought it was the funniest thing that she didn't notice. I talked to him later and told him it was a classic routine and it made him happy as a clam in fresh mud.
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One of the best versions I've ever seen. Nice twist on this classic:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=J33uCtGQnSk&m......ch=david Copperfield
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I don't know if it is original with him, but Jim Rainho starts the routine by saying he has a test to see what occupation someone is best qualified for, then he asks for a volunteer. He knows that if they are up to the pretext that they will likely be a good subject for the effect. After a bunch of nonsense he looks things up in a book and declares that he knows exactly what the person should do. He then asks them to stick out their index fingers and then to point them inward, ie towards each other. He then reaches into his bag, removes a roll of toilet paper, and places them on the fingers. Pulling the paper from the roll he does a fairly standard routine.

It went over great with the audience.
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Coperfield with Kenner and a 'cue'd' helper is a great routine. (how she did the look under arms and pull on his trouser top had to be rehearsed... but so what.)
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Marty,

Supposedly that GAG belongs to Tony Clark and it is taught on his paper balls over the head video.

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Is it just me, or is DC MUCH funnier and more charming in the old clips?
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He is still funny and charming, the rest of us are just older and more bitter.
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On 2008-02-05 20:13, Christopher Kavanagh wrote:
One of the best versions I've ever seen. Nice twist on this classic:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=J33uCtGQnSk&m......ch=david Copperfield


That's what I'm talking about!

There is a definite finale to that and it makes sense with the overall routine.

I've been thinking for months trying to find something that would have the same finale in context with the overall effect like that, but so far nothing has come to mind.
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