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Vandy Grift
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Hello, I have recently been working on the three shell game, I think I have worked it out enough to try it in front of people but I'm not sure. My problem is that I'm not sure if I am flashing the pea at all. I practice on a table and place a mirror in front of the pad so that I can see the shells and my hands fairly well. I move the mirror around to try and view as many angles as possible. I perform the routine looking only at the mirror not at my hands or the shells,and do not seem to be flashing very much but once in a while I will catch a glimpse. I practice with a red pea in order to make it a bit more visible. With or green or espically a black pea it is much less visible in those instances where I can see it. I guess my questions are; Does anyone have any practice techniques that may help? How concerned should I be about the spectator seeing the pea (are they looking at my hands and fingers as closely as I am?)How do you know if its "safe" to perform the trick and be fairly confident it won't be revealed? Should I just do it for a trusted friend and if it is spotted, just have them help me to improve the effect? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

Vandy
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I have tried new material in volunteer work at a VA hospital. People are very glad to be visited by an entertainer. The bulk of the show is tried and true, but this is a great setting to try new stuff in front of people. If people spot anything they say something out loud right away, they aren't shy.

Try volunteering somewhere that does not have a budget for entertainers. Your friends are actually somewhat harder to fool, they know what your natural movements look like and they also know that you are studying magic. If people don't know you, they might think that you have been doing this hustle on the streets for years and they expect to be fooled. Maybe the volunteer work is part of your 200 hours of community service!

Yours,

Paul
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Dr. Wilson is right on about volunteer work. Also, it may be helpful if you can record yourself with a camera. And yes, you should be concerned about the spectator seeing the pea, afterall, that is the object of desire.
-Jim
Vandy Grift
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Gentlemen, Thank you for your response. Dr Wilson, I appreciate your idea regarding the VA, I am a Veteran myself and that sounds like a wonderful idea.

However, I don't perform magic or have a routine or show at all. I wouldn't really be able to show up with the idea of entertaining a group of people. The few things that I do have been only for friends and family and have been little tricks that require little or no sleight of hand. Poker Chip polka(color changing chips), Hot Rod etc. Three shell game requires more sleight than anything I've done, which is probably why I'm worried about spoiling the effect.

I suppose the best thing to do is practice until I have supreme confidence and then just perform the trick for someone... If I get found out... try try again. Is that right? Thanks again.

Vandy
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Jim Wilder
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There are several threads about this topic. Glenn Bishop compiled an extensive list here.

Make use of it. Some real workers with excellent advice.
-Jim
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Vandy,

The staff and patients at the VA don't know the difference between sleight of hand and gaffs. They are just glad to see you. Since you are a veteran, they would be really glad to see you.

I think that what you will find is that a warm reception will give you confidence. After you have done this a couple of times you would be confident in front of anyone. You won't build confidence practicing alone in front of a mirror.

Yours,

Paul
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On 2004-10-04 14:17, drwilson wrote:
Vandy,

I think that what you will find is that a warm reception will give you confidence. After you have done this a couple of times you would be confident in front of anyone. You won't build confidence practicing alone in front of a mirror.



That is absolutely true, I will make a point to go out and do it for some people. There in a VA ten minutes from here. My Mother also does about 30 hours a week at a retirement home nearby. Thanks, I intend to become expert at this trick before moving on to anything else.

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Vandy,

That's the spirit. Go get 'em!

Yours,

Paul
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