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lynnef
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I rarely hear a spectator blurt out "he palmed a card"; but it has indeed happened to me ... when I didn't palm a card! Any other experiences out there? I mean this as a fun topic, but to also find out how spectators make the most wrong assumptions. Also, how do you respond? Lynn
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Anytime someone says, "man, you're good!" (and it doesn't happen often), that's definitely a false accusation. I respond by yelling right in his face, "you're an idiot!" and storm off.
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Once while I was doing an ace assembly a young woman said, "i saw that." She said it to her friend like she witnessed something mystical. I don't know what she saw or thought she saw, but I smiled while looking at her with my pointer finger to my mouth in a shush gesture and she took to mean and was between her and me. so she stayed quiet.
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On Feb 28, 2018, Steven Keyl wrote:
Anytime someone says, "man, you're good!" (and it doesn't happen often), that's definitely a false accusation. I respond by yelling right in his face, "you're an idiot!" and storm off.


Could have been me! Lynn
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Not a sleight, but the ”oh, it’s probably a trick Deck” comment sometimes (when it isn’t).
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Whenever I encounter a spectator that is a little smart, might know terms like palm or something I love to have fun by faking sleights. I often fumble with a single card, like I'm turning over a double...and then when I turn over a double, I'll throw in Paul Harris' Instant Replay move....but with a double. Sometimes after 1 or 2 tricks and I set the deck down to get another prop, coins or whatever a spectator will pick up the deck and flip through it...looking for marks or run their fingers along the side...looking for shaved cards. By now I've started something else and I just look at them..."What the Hell are you looking for?"
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S “There is no such thing as magic.”
M ”That’s exactly what the aliens say, but I’m not so sure.”
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I would be very surprised if a layperson were to name a sleight, whether I used one or not. I haven’t had this experience.
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It happens sometime. When you get the audience which is very likely to catch you - they will, falsely of course)))
It's some kind of a bit drunk men saying "oh I saw it", "you're good!" and my favorite "oh yeah, man, yeh yeap" when you just stay and even don't move at all. It's hard for me to translate it in english.
And all of this situations I just put the card in the middle (for real) or just shuffle the cards (for real).
So it's better check all the choreography and don't make unnecessary movements if you want to make clear impressions with your magic.
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On Mar 1, 2018, Ben Blau wrote:
I would be very surprised if a layperson were to name a sleight, whether I used one or not. I haven’t had this experience.


It's rare to have a slight named; but I have indeed been charged with 'palming', when I didn't. We're talking restaurant/cafe audience here; not on stage, where a spectator would make an ass of himself. I truly don't think spectators generally know of even the DL; but they have heard of 'trick decks'. Just wondering here! I really liked Pepka's post about faking a sleight. I've seen Glenn Morphew use fake sleights to great effect, even to the lay audience (eg purposely flashing). Lynn
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I've been said that I could stack the cards during a table riffle-shuffle because of the perfect intertwining of the cards.


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I think only magicians would know and name sleights or methods accurately during a performance. But usually, they are polite so they don’t tell anything. At one time, a pro magician did some tricks to my wife, during a corporate event. I was next to her, I spotted everything, especially an awful classic pass. Everything else was perfect. I didn’t say anything !
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Here's another example.... I performed the Olram subtelty trick to a table; and one of the fellows said I influenced his selection by "mental cues"! Lay people may not know the names of sleights, but they make suggestions sometimes wrongly as to how an effect happened! btw, like Rachmaninov, I'd never spoil another magician's act, period! Lynn
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I had a four year old say I held two cards together (Double lift). He was right. But he didn't actually see the sleight. It turned out his father felt compelled to show his kids how ambitious card was done after seeing me one week. (wow)

Another time I had a guy take my deck and begin running his fingers along the side. He was convinced I was using a stripper deck (I wasn't). He managed to get a card to follow his fingers somewhat and declared to the whole table that this is how the magic was done.
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