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Ihop
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I usually have Extreme Burn, Fire Wallet, bill switch, disappearing silk,bill breaker, a few coin tricks.
Anything besides a card trick.
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Wravyn
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I carry my Grandpa's coins. He always had them with him and he played a game of 'pay attention'. So I share his game if someone wants to see something.

It's not always about being a trained monkey doing tricks or getting money for the time; when I play that game with someone, I can still hear my grandpa and that is special for me too.
gismo
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I use Rostami's "doodle" for some mentalism ...
Dynamike
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I never leave my house without Sponge Rabbits. There is an unlimited amount of things you can do with them. You will not need a table. The only thing you will need is a pocket to carry them around in.
Mr. Woolery
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While I kind of understand the attitude of "I'm not a monkey - don't ask for tricks," I think it is the wrong attitude for this topic. If you perform for a living, I would expect you to be able to at least show why you get paid for your work. If someone asked me to design a steel framed building (engineering student at the moment), I wouldn't do it, but I would at least show a couple of the steps that go into the initial decision making process to give them an appreciation for what I do.

In the magic world, I see no reason to give away the A material, but I also see no reason to turn someone down. I mean how often do people respond to any mention of magic with "oh, my uncle used to do a trick," or "magic is for dorks," or similar comments? If they are actually showing interest, do you want them to leave with the impression that magic is apparently for elitist snobs and nobody else?

At the very least, vanish and reproduce a coin.

-Patrick
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On Nov 13, 2018, Mr. Woolery wrote:
If they are actually showing interest, do you want them to leave with the impression that magic is apparently for elitist snobs


No I want them to go away with the impression that magic is an art form. And like other art forms, is something to be respected. Not thought of as something their uncle can do or something for dorks. Anyone can do a trick but only a magician, can do magic. That's the point of not performing, like a trained monkey.
To hate those who hate is righteous.
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