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everlast
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How does David Blaine hand that card to the cop and make him say the card he handed him?
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Just so you know, nobody will answer it (if they do it's against the rules of the Café). Secrets are only revealed in the Banquet Room, a room were one can only obtain access to by having 50 posts or more. Right now though, you could ask if there are any videos or books teaching that trick.

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Even in Secret Sessions, it would be fairly unethical to ask questions regarding the methods of tricks. The purpose of Secret Sessions is so that we may openly discuss the methodology of effects without fear of exposure. Remember, this is not a website for exposure, it's a website for magicians to come together and help each other and thoughtfully discuss their craft.
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Made a bit of a mistake there.
I agree marko, although some people have asked to have a trick revealed and it has.
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On 2003-12-20 11:53, everlast wrote:
How does david blaine hand that card to the cop and make him say the card he handed him


It was magic

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The cop was crooked! He took a bribe!
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That worried me. Watched his special last night. When he asked the guy to think of the odd # in which both #'s were odd.. and he guessed it. Ugh.. Why not 35, or 17, or 59.. why 37? bah
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On 2003-12-22 13:45, Firedice27 wrote:
The cop was crooked! He took a bribe!
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You mean he was on the take? Get it? He took the card... Oh boy... Smile
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Why bother trying to figure out Blaine tricks?
Mostly everything he does can be figured out by a beginner magician!
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Err, he's trying to figure it out BECAUSE he's a beginner magician....
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I don't know about you guys but I think he outta check out the Café Ettiquette
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Chris: The answer to your question is in the book "Magic with everyday objects" by George Schindler. It is also listed in other sources.

I use this successfully on the radio all the time. Smile
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Mistro, I am also a beginner magician, and I can't figure out all of Blaine's tricks. I also would like to know a good source for walk-around tricks that you can do anywhere and that actually impress people. Is the book by George Schindler that glodmagic is recommending good for this? I mean, for beginners to do street magic? You know, some of those can get too complicated for us beginners... Smile
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I am a beginner as well but instead of focusing on Blaine pick up a book by Walter Gibson ,Henry Hay or the idiot's guide or Magic for dummies. They teach you a wealth of knowledge of all aspects of magic. It is nice because it opens up the fields such as close up,impromptu,card,coin,mental and many more. Mark Wilson's Complete course of Magic is great as well and teaches alot of useful information.
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Lol, thanks Glod. I'm sure it just has to do with the schematics of someone's brain, and the ratio of the other number's they'd pick. Or something weird like that.. lol
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On 2003-12-23 14:09, jmsilhy wrote:
Mistro, I am also a beginner magician, and I can't figure out all of Blaine's tricks. I also would like to know a good source for walk-around tricks that you can do anywhere and that actually impress people. Is the book by George Schindler that glodmagic is recommending good for this? I mean, for beginners to do street magic? You know, some of those can get too complicated for us beginners... Smile

If you're just a beginner, why should you be rushing out and doing street magic? Most beginners books do NOT prepare you for street magic.

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Well said Paul. Would you pick up a guitar and start playing on the street corner? I would hope not. You would be doing your audience and yourself a disservice.
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A lot of Blaine's stuff used stooges and bad actors just to prop up the show. Heck, for 6 million a year, I'd be doing the same thing Smile
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Do we know if he really did use stooges for his show? That's almost bordering on accusing him of dishonesty. I'm quite prepared to believe that there is some obvious trick involved, but I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that the 'volunteer' participants were not actually volunteers. It would be like a TV magician making things appear by stopping the cameras, having them brought in and then restarting, not magic - just straight out lying.

Irritating as some people find Blaine (and I haven't seen any of his stuff on television here) I would at least credit him with enough integrity to do his tricks for real, at least until proven otherwise.

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On 2003-12-23 14:09, jmsilhy wrote:
Mistro, I am also a beginner magician, and I can't figure out all of Blaine's tricks. I also would like to know a good source for walk-around tricks that you can do anywhere and that actually impress people. Is the book by George Schindler that glodmagic is recommending good for this? I mean, for beginners to do street magic? You know, some of those can get too complicated for us beginners... Smile


If you are a beginner, you need to learn the fundamentals before you go out and try to perform. There are certain basic skills that you must have or you will not be able to do anything at all. Personal confidence and address will only carry you so far, but if you don't have anything to back it up, you will fall apart like a house of straw built on a foundation of sand.

Get your basics down first. Learn some sleights. Learn misdirection. Learn audience management. Then you will have some of the basics you need.

That's why we recommend certain books and DVD's. They contain the basics.

And it's also why we don't just reveal the secrets to everyone. If we explain how Blaine does that particular card trick, it would be of no value to you, because you wouldn't have the wherewithal to do it.
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