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Topic: Crazy Mans Handcuffs...the most meaningless miracle of all time
Message: Posted by: AndreJ (Mar 11, 2014 01:44PM)
So, I was trying to find a good plot/presentation för the Crazy Mans Handcuffs (CMH). I looked at Ammars presentation, but didn't like it. Tried some idea about physics and the impossibility of objects passing through each other...but it didn't really stick. I was struggling with the question WHY does the bands go through each other?

I didn't find a good answer to that question. And if you think about it, if you were a real magician, why on earth would you go around making rubber bands pass through each other?

Then it hit me. CMH must be the most meaningless miracle ever. And that´s a good plot for the presentation.

The "angle" is that other magicians learn how to produce cars, money and gold but not me. No, I´m the magician who has learned the most meaningless miracle on earth (this will, I think, present me as a nice, down to earth kind of guy which is a personality I would like to be associated with).

I then show the audience this meaningless miracle and at the end conclude that even the most meaningless miracles can bring joy and entertainment.

What do you think?
Message: Posted by: MRSharpe (Mar 11, 2014 09:56PM)
Interesting concept for a presentation. And you're right. There is only one thing I would do if I were a real magician and that is produce endless streams of wealth. I don't think this is a universal plot. There are a lot of effects where the ultimate conclusion of the point is that there is no real point. It does beat process patter though.
Message: Posted by: robvh (Mar 18, 2014 12:25AM)
If that suits your personality then go for it! I happen to do a story-driven, four phase routine that really draws people in. It's my fiancee's favourite trick and she's seen a lot of great magic (if I do say so myself). It works for me because the story is personal and suits my personality. It might be flat if someone else tried it my way.

I think CMH is performed by way too many magicians frankly. Not because it's a weak trick. It's not. It's that too many magicians haven't put any thought into making it engaging and interesting. It debases an otherwise great trick.

Until you come up with a good routine and reason for doing a trick, magicians should simply not perform it! They would be doing themselves and their fellow magicians a huge favour.
Message: Posted by: AndreJ (Mar 21, 2014 07:01AM)
Robvh: I agree that CMH is ued by many, and often in the form of a stunt. I would love to hear more about your story presentation, please PM me if you don't want to share it with the world. I have been struggling to find a good presentation to CMH, because I don't want to perform it just as a stunt.
Message: Posted by: dzen871 (Mar 26, 2014 02:16PM)
Telling people you're doing the most meaningless miracle doesn't look strong with this particular trick. The most meaningless trick must be something ridiculous, absurd.CMH have a plot, one object penetrate through other. It's close up peace, if you working strolling maybe you do not need long presentation with it.
Message: Posted by: AndreJ (Mar 31, 2014 11:52AM)
But if you really could make two object penetrate each other...would you choose two rubber bands? I find this plot funny, but of course there are other plots that works just fine. The "original" Ammar presentation is not for me.
Message: Posted by: kumpletoo (Apr 1, 2014 01:54PM)
I remember David Copperfield doing this effect on one of his TV specials and he didn't really have a routine. He basically just said watch the Rubber Bands penetrate each other. The effect basically speaks for itself... Why bog it down with a patter or a story line.

I'm more of an eye-candy type of magician, so I let the tricks speak for themselves.

Since I do mostly strolling magic at corporate functions, cocktail parties, weddings, and restaurants, I don't see the need to have a long patter or a story line for my tricks.
Message: Posted by: slyhand (May 7, 2014 08:17PM)
Meaningless? Only if you make it meaningless.

I have a very logical presentation for it and it's one of the most requested tricks I do.
Message: Posted by: TheRaven (May 25, 2014 07:46AM)
That could work very well for you. Give it a whirl and let your audience tell you.

I don't think it would be a patter line that most would adopt, but that shouldn't matter. Many like Amar's presentation.