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ringmaster
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Do any of you ever use just one four or five minute piece of bullet proof magic,(Red Hot Mammas, Cups, Rollover Aces) instead of the conventional three trick set some "experts" recommend?
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Michael Baker
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Yes, of course. Different situations demand different approaches. Some effects are best standing alone. There is no need to precede them, and some things just cannot be followed.
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Bairefoot
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Yes depends on the crowd.
Dick Oslund
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On Sep 2, 2014, Michael Baker wrote:
Yes, of course. Different situations demand different approaches. Some effects are best standing alone. There is no need to precede them, and some things just cannot be followed.


Michael knows!!!

A three trick set is just a short act! (Opener, middle and closer.)

OOTW is STRONG! --But, IMO, it's best as a "one piece show"! --and, it's stronger in a quiet "parlor" setting.

I use the vanishing lit match (TT) OFTEN. I often use Gene Anderson's "Son of Morning" presentation, but, sometmes I just light the match, hold it up,and say, "This will be a highlight of your day!" --and vanish the match.

Go back and read Michael's post again!
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ROBERT BLAKE
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I look what kind of effect I have and what I can do with it.
example one show: all I need is a ring - rope - wand

the show:
1) make wand float - expose and do a second one / different method
2) ring on wand
3) ring off wand
4) ring of rope - vanishes and appears on rope again
5) loopy (ray grismer)
6) ring from rope onto wand (with the help of 2 spectators)

this set takes about 5 minutes. I lke this kind of close up. I can make it shorte or longer depending the situation.

2nd example: grand mothers necklace

1) produce a ball - vanish and appear back behind ear of child
2) perpetual bal production
3) make production of 3rd ball
4) grand mothers necklace

again I can make it longer or shorter.

see what you can do with a deck of cards and 2 Slydini silks
Gary T.
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If it covers the time you intend to perform without becoming boring then its enough. Nobody is counting the number of Effects you perform. They only care that they were entertained
jay leslie
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I have a card trick that I hold-out and only use after I get a big tip.
The effect is almost unbelievable SO I like performing it only after they appreciate everything else ..., as opposed to using it to "build upon".
brandontoh
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It depends on the situation, really. At a table, I'll try to stick with a set of tricks (usually between 3-5 effects), but when standing I prefer to perform one strong effect. (What would you class ACR under, by the way?)
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