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One of the problems I had when in an "impromptu" situation is that someone wants me to do some close-up tricks. The problem is where should I be to avoid them of seeing the tricks and the sleights? Are there any "measures"? Some of them are audience;) HELP ME PLEASE!;)
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Two solutions,

a) Sometimes if I'm having angle problems, I'll quickly move to a spot where my angles are covered. Corner of the room works great if there's one within a couple steps. The line to cover your butt is "I want to make sure everybody is able to see this" while looking around the room.

b) pick impromptu tricks that aren't angle-sensitive.
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I think you should try and learn some magic trick that has no angle problems.
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Hugo Portugal Here! As Dawai said, not all the magic uses mechanics with angle problems... There are hundreds of effects that can be performed under their nose

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Corners work good, you can also distance yourself saying "so you all can see it ".
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I know this may sound obvious, but if you're frustrated just try and learn a few effects that are completely angle-proof. There are plenty of good ones out there. Paul Cummins has a bunch in his FASDIU series.

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Much of the work, involved in choosing material, has to do with picking things that work well with the conditions you perform under. Sure, there are a lot of things I'd like to perform, but most of them don't work in the conditions I perform under. When strolling around or performing impromptu, pocket management is a big issue, too.
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Quite often, finding a corner or putting my back to a wall isn't an option. There are 2 situations that immediately come to mind. Each has an easy solution.

If I'm performing for a small group and am performing surrounded, I simply break the ring long enough for me to be a part of it. This meaning that I stand shoulder to shoulder with a spectator on either side of me, immediately taking care of over 75% or my angle issues. Street performer Chris Capehart uses this when working for a smaller audience, while trying to build a larger one.

Some ask what motivation should you use to merit not being in the spotlight? I would respond that if you are using as much audience participation and interaction as should, you should have no problem positioning yourself like this to optimize your angles.....

Occasionally, you won't be able to do this such as with peforming for a much larger audience. I personallly just carry on as normal. Will I flash? Yes. But only to a certain percentage of the group, and never more than once or twice. The performance won't be ruined if the presentation and interaction are solid.

The show must go on.....

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