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Martin Whetter
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I enjoy close-up magic as a hobby but I don't get a chance to perform (for public) as often as I would like to as my family and work take up most of my time. I am sure I am not unique in this respect. (As a good friend has told me before: Marty, you are unique...just like everybody else. How reassuring.)
Anyway, I was wondering if any of you perform your effects on folks who don't request it i.e. cashiers, clerks, people in line-ups, etc. To me, this is like cold call selling and I have only tried it a few times with so-so results.
If any of you do this, can you share some ideas on the approach, effects, patter, etc. Thanks in advance.
Dan Watkins
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I have used magic rarely for cashiers or clerks, though I have made a coin disappear as I handed it out, etc. Silly little things that get the cashier to wake up Smile

As for people in line-ups, I found that when the officer says everyone face forward and stare at the mirror wall, its not the best time to perform Smile

All kidding aside, the coin roll is a great flourish to learn. It is pretty inocuous, rolling a coin across your fingers. Though people often will catch notice, and ask what you are doing. The door is left wide open at this point.

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Stuart Hooper
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Get something noticable like he says. Coin roll is good, I use a fire wallet, whatever. Just do something that draws notice so someone will ask you to do a trick. Smile
Dennis Loomis
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When on the road, if I go into a restaurant alone, I'l often take a handful of balloons as well as a deck of cards. When I spot a kid, I'll make a balloon animal, and give it to them. Then, I'll give the Mom or Dad a card and mention that I'm a magician. That often leads to a request to do a trick, and that may lead to interaction with other tables. It's more fun than eating alone, and who knows, a show just might come out of it.
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