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Dan McLean
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A interesting discussion here concerning Ricky Jay's recent appearance on David Letterman got me wondering enough that I thought it might make an interesting thread. We'll see.

Letterman can be a bit of a pill concerning magicians and doesn't mind interrupting no matter who you are or where you are in the routine. It was observed by one prominent member here that Ricky's choice of trick was perhaps not the best for a Letterman type spectator. I agreed. And he added that he had a routine perfect for the conditions. I wondered "What would I have performed?"

Here are the conditions. You can bet Letterman will want to shuffle the deck. You can also bet he may call you out on anything he thinks is a "force" - he did with Ricky. And he will likely interrupt you. You're sitting down. The desk is on your left.

Ambitious Card doesn't count. I already thought of that.

So what would you perform?
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The Biddle Trick or Whack Your Pack.
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I'd make Jay Leno appear.
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On 2013-05-01 20:55, motown wrote:
I'd make Jay Leno appear.


And then make Conan O'brien disappear? Yea, that was a bad joke but I'm with team Coco.
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I would perform a gag effect, get a laugh...make sure he couldn't mess anything up...perhaps something that makes him look silly.

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I'd do anything, but before the show I'd talk to him and tell him what to do and what not to do for the sake of the show, if he doesn't agree, I would not perform. Would you seriously risk your image in live TV so a heckler has the opportunity to destroy you and your career?. "Oh I saw that magician in Letterman, he discovered his trick and made him look like an idiot". Even if he didn't, that's the picture they'd perceive if he tried (or succeeded) heckling you.

But hey, that's just me.
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I think a "do as I do" would be a good and funny one to do on TV.
Or a trick where someone he chooses in the audience reads his mind and guesses the card he's selected (I really love this effect as performed by Kevin King).
I think the best way to succeed on this show is to have fun with him (without doing a sucker effect).

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On 2013-05-01 22:33, OliveroG wrote:
I'd do anything, but before the show I'd talk to him and tell him what to do and what not to do for the sake of the show, if he doesn't agree, I would not perform. Would you seriously risk your image in live TV so a heckler has the opportunity to destroy you and your career?. "Oh I saw that magician in Letterman, he discovered his trick and made him look like an idiot". Even if he didn't, that's the picture they'd perceive if he tried (or succeeded) heckling you.

But hey, that's just me.


With all due respect, you wouldn't be in a position to call the shots. You'd adapt your stuff to fit their constraints, or they'd tell you to hit the bricks.

Talk to John Carney.
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On 2013-05-01 22:33, OliveroG wrote:
I'd do anything, but before the show I'd talk to him and tell him what to do and what not to do for the sake of the show, if he doesn't agree, I would not perform. Would you seriously risk your image in live TV so a heckler has the opportunity to destroy you and your career?. "Oh I saw that magician in Letterman, he discovered his trick and made him look like an idiot". Even if he didn't, that's the picture they'd perceive if he tried (or succeeded) heckling you.

But hey, that's just me.
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Wouldn't Letterman be your main spectator? If you need set ground rules for a spectator, you might need to tighten up your act. Even if he calls you out on something, you need to be sharp and have outs. Hecklers don't make or break your career, you do.

I would perform my favorite set! Smile Chicago Lottery and Omni Pen/Deluxe Nest of Wallets.
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On 2013-05-01 21:15, drumdemon420 wrote:
And then make Conan O'brien disappear? Yea, that was a bad joke but I'm with team Coco.


That's OK, Team Coco's used to bad jokes.

I would do the Smiling Mule gag, but I would awkwardly make the bet about donating a size-able sum to the UNICEF. And then I wouldn't pay it off by capturing his card. F him.
Actually, I wouldn't do that because I'm a wuss, but we're just trash talkin' here anyway.
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I remember Kreskin doing a simple trick that floored Letterman. Used a stacked deck (SS Order) and he had Letterman take out any group of five cards. He then "concentrated" and named all five cards. Out of order, of course...

Whatever I did, I'd peek the card. Then no matter WHAT Letterman did, I can still do a miracle. He could grab the deck, shuffle the cards, etc and I'd STILL know the card. Then I'd probably do some sort of Lie Detector. Dave could occupy himself trying to mess me up with lying, and I'd STILL be able to discern the selection even though I didn't touch the cards.

Wouldn't require a table, the only procedure that couldn't be adjusted to time would be the selection and that only takes a few seconds. And the Audience would have the opportunity to see the card so they would know I got it right.

Easy. Darn near bullet proof and easily adjustable to varying time constraints.

So I'd probably do something like that.
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Most likely a signed Card To Wallet.
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Definitely signed card to wallet, then close with signed card to sealed deck.
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Ever since he did magic week, I've thought about this a lot. The two things I've come up with are a simple divination based on a glimpse, similar to Youell above. The other is Blizzard. He can shuffle the cards ahead of time and name any card in the deck, then you're off to the races. Hopefully the camera will tighten up on him when he's mixing the 4 cards so you can do the dirty work off camera. If not, it should still fly by.
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There's a routine by Woody Aragon based on Nick Trost's 18 Card Poker Deal: Blessed Poker. You can find it in "A Book in English".
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This is a great thread. I think I'd start with Steve Beam's "Opening Stab." If he said anything about shuffling, I'd just say, "I can't let you do that because I have the cards in a certain order." Then, after I spread the cards to show them in new deck order, I'd say, "Now you see why I didn't want you to shuffle. The cards are in what we call 'new deck' order, but I did let you put that envelope in there anywhere you wanted. You put it between the seven and nine of spades..." (For those of you unfamiliar with this effect, when he opens the envelope, the eight of spades would be inside). If I had time for another effect, I would say, "Go ahead and shuffle the deck so they won't be in order any more." Then I would do "Your Fateful Hour" by Carlhorst Meier.
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Simple, make any of his past lawsuits or extortion attempts disappear
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I'd make him more a passive spectator and do my Torn and Restored Card.
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I would definitely perform Jay Sankey's Airtight, lets just hope he doesn't want to look at the deck first.
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I would put him in a straight jacket ,with a blindfold on and put a dog bone in his mouth.
Then I would ask Beyonce and Rihanna to help me with a card trick!

dreammmmmmm on jc:-)

Have a great weekend

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