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jmathai1
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My office has an annual holiday party in which I always do a ten minute show for a couple hundred in the audience. This year, I think the best received part of the show was my performance of John Lovick Handsome Jack Lotto which is his very funny presentation for the McCombical Deck.

I first learned this trick from when it was published in Magic Magazine and have since seen it taught again in his Penguin Live lecture and his wonderful book Handsome Jack, Etc. I think Lovick makes my top 5 magicians list; I cannot highly recommend his book enough. Relatively simple magic that can be done on stage for a large crowd is pure gold and the book is full of it.

Watch my video below (I hope I did it justice) and then do yourself a favor and invest in the book.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a10AaRz7ujY
John Mathai
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Recently read the book and you were spot on. Great to see the trick performed.
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Nice job. I thought you might find this interesting. I like to take card trick ideas and convert them to something else. Here's my take from a year or so ago. I've updated a bit, but you can get the idea. I'd like to see more people post videos. Good to see others leaning our craft.

I love John's writing and wit. But, we need to be very careful how we address women on stage and a few things he says (in my opinion) don't play too well these days with Harvey W., Matt, etc. in trouble.

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On Dec 17, 2017, philraso wrote:
I love John's writing and wit. But, we need to be very careful how we address women on stage and a few things he says (in my opinion) don't play too well these days with Harvey W., Matt, etc. in trouble.


Sounds like Phil is Woke.

I'd say the workplace is probably not the best place for this particular presentation but you seem to have pulled it off just fine.
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Well done, Phil - yours worked well.

You make a good point and it is something I thought about when planning this show. I could not agree more that any presentation should take into account the environment and not cross any lines (in my case, I do not want to go near any lines; I have also done stand-up comedy and I have never as much as uttered a curse word). For this show, I pre-selected my volunteer (someone I am friends with) and scripted for nothing more said than 'going on a date.' I know many performers would try to add suggestive elements to get some additional laughs; in some cases, that may be appropriate, but I think regardless of the venue, if you make your spectator uncomfortable, it is probably not appropriate.
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John - Nice job again on your bit. John Lovick makes me uncomfortable sometimes. You were fine. She was having fun.

Making mad love to a clown on stage isn't funny anymore. (If you have seen his "rich marotta" routine.)
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Phil,

You might be confusing John with a fellow by the name of Handsome Jack. Jack can be rather unapologetically lecherous at times.
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Yes. My mistake.
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Mac,
Thank you for clarifying that misconception. Lol.

Phil,
Not familiar with the Rich Marotta routine, but I get your point real quickly.

I think we can all agree that some magician's style would not work for us, but there is probably still something to learn from. I think the best thing I learned from Lovick on this trick was how he masked the inevitable audience laughter at the sight of a one way deck so as to not give the secret away to his volunteer on stage. A true thinker of his performance.
John Mathai
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Yes - that's a nice addition. You should watch his Penguin lecture.
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