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twistedace
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I used the endless chain as my closer last night in a formal close up show. I didn't plan on it. It was a holiday house party and the begged for one more before I left. I decided on some gambling stuff. I did the shells which killed and followed it with the chain. I use a double hourglass ending with two spectators participating and both losing. It's delivered tongue in cheek and gets a huge response. I'm now considering keeping the chain as my closer. Does anyone else use the chain to close those shows?
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In formal close up [and also sometimes at restaurant table side]...I usually use the drop off knot illusion as an opener [often with a repeat drop off knot]. Then...I proceed into my Endless Chain routine....and then the remainder of my set.

That said, I have also used the Endless chain as the last routine in my set...when I do, I use the drop off knot illusion as a 'finale'. [Usually dropping the knot into a guests outstretched hand].

Both scenario's have worked nicely for me ...depending on what else I am including in the set.
twistedace
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I'm not a fan of the drop off knot simply because it could suggest that something is funky with the chain. Even though we know it's not gimmick end, the spectator's could draw a conclusion that it is based off of the knot illusion.it's just my opinion.
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I agree
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The only type of magic that I present with my gambing routines is card magic. (I would add dice magic to that if I did any dice routines.) I present my gambling as a game of chance.
The chain is a 50/50 proposition, with no slight of hand involved, and certainly no hanky panky going on.
twistedace
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I think that the 50/50 aspect of the chain is what makes it so appealing. It's so appealing because once the chain is thrown I can't change it in anyway. I can only try to talk you into or out of a decision. At least that's what the spectators believe Smile I always pick one person that I allow to win - that person isn't a "player" and doesn't have a chip. I use numbered poker chips in my routine to designate players and turns. I end with a double hourglass and two spectators losing delivered with a tongue in cheek line.
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I use the Triple Circle Routine by Fred Lowe, as featured in The Art of Close Up Magic by Lewis Ganson.
I first saw this performed by Paul Daniels on his BBC Magic Show, in his Bunko Booth spot.

This is a great routine.
Which starts with 3 loops. Then uses 2 loops, then 1 loop.

I also use the Figure Eight.
Asking the spectator to choose if the loop is fast or loose - their choice.
Ending the routine with a single loop laydown.

Great fun.
regards,
Wulfie
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Wulfiesmith

Triple Circle Routine is the best in my humble opinion. 3 loops, 2 loops, then 1 loop is the way to go. You can show it fair as well which I think WAS only advantage to figure 8. Only one chain that is CLEAR to pull is another big advantage that Triple Circle Routine has which makes it easier for girls against boys, parents against kids Etc.
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I do a figure 8 routine culled from several sources. It gets a great reaction. What I like about the figure 8 is it's obvious simplicity
which I feel adds to the fairness of the game. I like to play for Hershey Kisses so that the volunteers go away with something. It does not present a problem using 2 people. It all depends on how you routine it.
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Twistedace:

What effect did you perform that left the specs begging to show "one more?" Sounds like that is your strong closer and the shells/chain were an encore, albeit a great encore considering your audience's reactions.
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