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Without any doubts the magic Ding-Dong! Smile
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Single coin vanishes with a contrived plot of virtual coin.
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I learned a new coin trick with any quarter and any penny, it’s called spate change. This has been getting some really good reactions and is my new to go to trick
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On Dec 30, 2018, funsway wrote:
From an earlier thread on the same theme --

"the fact that someone asks if you can show them a trick by no means requires you to do so -- at least not on their terms.
When Nate Liepzig quipped, "I am not an organ grinder monkey" he did not mean that he would not perform, only that he would do so when convenient to him.
There is no situation in which you are not prepared -- only the question of how to get prepared in flow with character and planned effect."

Senor adds the notion that performing magic is different than "doing a trick," yet, "a trick" may be what they want. Do you know?

I prefer doing magic rather than tricks, but might do a trick under certain conditions. I do not do "requests" of either type. I might tell a story instead.

I avoid performing unless I am reasonably certain that the conditions exist for magic to happen in the mind of the observer.
So, in any gathering I am looking for clues as to what magic effect might be appropriate in case I am asked.
Since I favor effects using "found objects" I am always able to do something incredible - but rarely do any more.

If a person interrupts our conversation to answer a cellphone, for example, I will not perform a magic effect for them. They lack the focused attention required for my effort.

Just me. The key is to be prepared before the asking. Saying, "Yes," "no" or "maybe later" should not be knee jerk response.



I suppose it is like asking a comedian to tell a joke. A crafted routine is very different to telling a gag. To say nothing of asking a singer to give you a tune. The context is important, but telling a gag or vanishing a coin are politer than refusing because it cheapens your art.
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My go to trick right now if someone asks me to do a trick is either Audio coins to pocket, by Eric Jones, or Misbehaving by KAINOA HARBOTTLE, or if I'm lazy or pressed for time, I just eat a coin. Always get great reactions!
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I really love thinking about this moment and have a few ideas I hope are interesting to others.

I don't like the context for a magical effect that this question creates. It gives the audience all of the control. Feels like a challenge instead of something to share. Limits the conversation we can have afterwards to be more about me and what I do instead of about the group. And it immediately makes what I do a just a "trick." All things I would really like to avoid.

So, on instinct, my imediate reaction is always no... but; and I have a few different "buts" that I pull out depending on 1. What I want to perform and 2. What the topic was before magic came up.

Some of these include.
"Hey show show me a trick." "No you show me a trick." Then a bit of pause with a smile. That gives them time to realize they were putting me on the spot a bit. It's only a very quick pause and I then I continue. "No really I think that you could totally pull off a classic of magic right now if you really are interested in trying." Then I go into a presentation of Gemini Twins that discusses how this is a really old classic in magic written in some of our oldest card books. We have all kinds of slieght of hands ways to accomplish the effect, but I'm willing to bet that you could do it almost for real.

I really like how this takes the heat off of me and gives all the praise to the spectator. The way I peform the trick I never touch the cards at all after an initial ribbon spread so I get this fun line. "I couldn't have done any less, so this effect belongs to you."
It also puts magic into the context of an art, that has classics of its own, and old masters, and a whole history to be discovered.
Plus I'm not showing them a "trick" I'm helping them show everyone something they've never tried before which just feels more fun.
Now the post effect conversation, can be about magic as a whole, their own interest in magic, crazy moments of intuition they've had, etc and not just "wow that was cool."

Another gambit is "Show me a trick." "Not really interested in performing a trick right now, but I have been really getting into memory techniques lately and the study is really interesting." Then I can go into the first part of Rick Lax's Binary Code. I actually then show them how I did that and then let them try with a little help. They get it. Then I say "Do you think it's posible to remember something you never knew. And do a version of OOTW. With a hook of using a really strong child hoold memory to try and remember the orderof the cards.

Again it's not a trick at this point it's me sharing some cool memory hacks I've been studying and now we can have a conversation about fun memories they have instead of just "Yup I'm a magician."

So those are two effect I've pulled out often when asked to perform, and some thoughts on how I deal with that question. Would love to hear other's thoughts on how to play with that moment.

Best,
Brandon
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Cool ideas Brandon. Any presentation that gets a buy-in from the spectator is stronger than just "Watch this". If you haven't checked out thejerx.com I encourage you to do so. Andy's ideas on presentation are transformative for amateur magicians.
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Gatsby,

Thanks a lot. I really love talks of framing. As a screenwriter by trade the context of the stories we tell is as fascinating as the stories themselves to me.

Thanks also for the recommendation. I love Andy’s blog and read it religiously. Gets the creative juices flowing unlike anything I’ve read before.

Do you have a particular presentation of his that you enjoyed the most?

Best,
Brandon
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Almost impossible to choose my favorite presentation, but one that I've been using recently which I'm enjoying is Scribold in the Jerx app
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Oh that’s interesting. I haven’t played with the app yet. I’ll definitely check it out.

Best,
Brandon
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Nothing at all, ID7 (Rick Lax), iCurveball (Oz Pearlman), Gallery (marc Spelmann), Napkins available Tossed paper balls (Slydini), Starcle (Dan Harlan) Arm Twist (Unkn) Quarter - Quick Silver (Gregory Wilson) 3/4 across (Gregory Wilson), Divorce (Justin Miller), Cards - Triumph (Dai Veron), ACCAN, The Favorite Card of my Two Friends (Rafael Benatar), ACR, Here and There, Ultimate Monte, Twins, Kanibal Cards, Twisting the Aces, Pivot Peek... etc. etc.

Yes, I know some Magicians refuse to perform at these moments. I like to show I am not that stuffy and enjoy entertaining. (No, I don't run up to people and go, "You want to see a trick?" It's a chance to audition and make someone's day. I keep it to 1-3 effects. This has lead to more bookings than telling someone "NO." You get hired because they like you. Really? some people are just too full of themselves. Again, it's a personal choice, but beware of how you come across to potential clients. As the clique goes, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." You never know who you are speaking to.
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On Aug 15, 2018, debjit wrote:
My go to impromptu effect is a trick I created called The Social Prediction. It just requires a phone and I do a killer confabulation routine with it Smile

But if I were to just use billets like you said, I would perform Marc Spellman's Voqued routine.


I just got SP and it's awesome! Thanks a lot Smile
My go to impromptu trick is Stigmata by Wayne Houchin and Digital Force Bag
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It depends on what effect I happen to be playing around with at the time, as I go through phases where I'll grab an item from the past and re-practice the effect so it could be literally anything but at the moment it would be my own ungimmicked handling of hopping halves/confusing coins and my own variation of Jay Sankeys Back In Time utilising the Jennings/Goodwin display instead of the sl*p shuffle.
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You are not the dancing bear.get as far away from them as possible...
God's grace rocks! It makes a good cups and balls routine look pretty boring in comparison.
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On Jul 10, 2019, padre rich wrote:
You are not the dancing bear.get as far away from them as possible...


True, I am not a dancing bear, yet I am a hobbiest magician. I welcome the chance to perform magic for live people and not the mirror, the Mrs., or video camera.
I can understand your thoughts if I were a full time pro.
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I'm fascinated by all the people who took the time to jump into the topic, just to explicitly say, "I don't do magic on request." Seems so weird and proactively cold-hearted.
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I'd like to think I'd have something to show them but if I didn't, or it was an inconvenient time, then I'd throw them a quick line, depending on who they are.

"Sorry buddy, I've got a cold." before blowing a coin out of my nose.

or

"Sure, show me a bar and I'll vanish your money."

Something along those lines, said with a smile/wink, of course.
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With a deck of cards, can't go wrong with a key card effect using whatever method of revelation you want.
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When they ask me to do something with a simple piece of paper I read a CT thought
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