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Why does so many magicians say "Do me a favor...(insert common audience interaction here)"

Why is picking a card a favor? For who is the magic happening, for the audience of for the magician?

I think the phrase "do me a favor" is just filler words.

What do you think?
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OK~ I'll "do you a favor", and say, "I agree!" (LOL)


KABBALAH!~ Where did "youse" get that video? Funny!
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Those guys are annoying. Just sayin!
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It all depends on context.
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These things really only annoy magicians who watch a lot of magicians. Lines like "do me a favor" are simply every day speech and go unnoticed by a lay audience.

Unless you perform for magician's your audience will NEVER have heard these so called "hack" lines. The question is , does the line work for you in your act?
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On Mar 5, 2015, AndreJ wrote:
Why does so many magicians say "Do me a favor...(insert common audience interaction here)"

Why is picking a card a favor? For who is the magic happening, for the audience of for the magician?

I think the phrase "do me a favor" is just filler words.

What do you think?


Take a motivational management and supervision seminar, they will explain it to you. Short answer, you will always get a positive response if you ask a person to do you a favor, instead of saying, pick a card or go ahead and pick a card. One is intimidating the other seems like they are the one making the decision to help.

It does get old after repetitive request, sometimes to the point, they will say, depends on the favor, or not again. Seems you have heard it to often yourself for you to be asking, Will you do me a favor?

Actually, when performing it is better to get the person to do exactly what you want in the way you want to be more shot, and then take the sting off, like, Pick a card, any card at all. Today would be convenient for all of us.
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Saying " Do me a favor" sucks. There are many magicians and many good magicians who use it but it doesn't mean they should or that it works for them. They just overcome it.
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You do favors for people you like. It is a way of breaking down social barriers. Used correctly it can put people at ease.

If you don't understand these things don't use the phrase. But don't necessarily judge those that do too harshly.
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I'm not judging anyone. I just think it's overused. If you have a clear purpose for using it, fine...but I believe most magicians don't.
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It's better than starting a sentence with the word actually, and then sprinkling more in as an attempt to sound intelligent. No offence intended Bill. It's become so common in language these days, pushed farther by those in broadcast medium it seems, that people parrot it without even realizing what they are saying. Same with "you know", "ummm", "like", etc.
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Actually, my ears are actually finely tuned to the actual overuse of the actual word actually, actually. Smile
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I'm not judging anyone. I just think it's overused. If you have a clear purpose for using it, fine...but I believe most magicians don't.


Incidentally "worst line ever" is a judgment.
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I’m judging. It sucks. I don’t claim to be perfect, but my shortcomings don’t make it suck any less.

Most magicians use it in some variation of the following “Do me a favor and (pick a card), (hold this object), (tell me when to stop)”. The variations are endless and overused. Saying “please select a card” is much better and with proper scripting there are even more polite and professional ways of giving our spectators instructions. Saying “do me a favor” is just a crutch for giving a spectator instructions. Emily Post would roll over in her grave if she saw how overused and trite it has become.
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How about " I would be very grateful if you would assist me" or something similar
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Why not say "You're probably thinking I want you to take a card and memorize it so I can find it later. That is correct so.. can we move-on to a coin trick now?"
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So this is annoying for magicians to hear OTHER magicians saying? I suppose. Don't we all sprinkle a few one liners throughout our show? Sparingly, of course. It's much better to interact with the audience genuinely. But who's annoyed by this? Not the audience, right?
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Right, Frankieacemagic

In my opinion this is much ado about very little.

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Most magicians use it in some variation of the following “Do me a favor and (pick a card), (hold this object), (tell me when to stop)”. The variations are endless and overused. Saying “please select a card” is much better and with proper scripting there are even more polite and professional ways of giving our spectators instructions.


It seems to me that "Do Me a Favor" is serving the same purpose as "Please". It is just a little nicety to acknowledge that they are not required to follow your instructions.

Here is a nice article about why we say please and thank you.

http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/07/25/......ank-you/
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Change with the times peeps, it's "Do me a solid."

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On Mar 7, 2015, Theodore Lawton wrote:
Change with the times peeps, it's "Do me a solid."

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If you asked people round my way to do you a solid, you may not be thanking them for the results !
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On Mar 7, 2015, WilburrUK wrote:
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On Mar 7, 2015, Theodore Lawton wrote:
Change with the times peeps, it's "Do me a solid."

Smile

If you asked people round my way to do you a solid, you may not be thanking them for the results !


Or "Could you Float me a loan"
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