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Topic: How did you do that?
Message: Posted by: Kevin Ram (Jul 26, 2004 03:04PM)
I'm sure everyone has been asked this at some point.

What is your comeback? I am into this one at the moment.

Spectator: How did you do that?

Kukram: It was all done with camera tricks.

Got anymore?

Kukram :)
Message: Posted by: Shane Wiker (Jul 26, 2004 04:05PM)
You can find some answers to these questions at these threads:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=13419&forum=27
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=26748&forum=106
Message: Posted by: Niko (Jul 26, 2004 04:58PM)
A MUCH better link is:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=67894&forum=2

Because I started it myself :)

-Niko
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jul 26, 2004 05:01PM)
My common responses - tongue firmly in cheek - are:

"I have absolutely no idea!",

and,

"Really, really well!"

;)
Message: Posted by: Larry Davidson (Jul 26, 2004 05:25PM)
I sometimes say, "Basically, an opaque material put in immediate juxtaposition to a force of entry will of necessity permit the insertion of said force without substantial injury to either participant." That line, which is straight of a 1970's Tannen's catalog, always gets a deer-in-the-headlights kind of look and I just continue with the next effect.
Message: Posted by: dpe666 (Jul 26, 2004 08:10PM)
"None of your business" seems to work for me. It usually gets a good laugh. :devilish:
Message: Posted by: Mesquita (Jul 26, 2004 08:38PM)
I have a simple answer:

It's magic!
Message: Posted by: mattisdx (Jul 26, 2004 08:57PM)
Just show them the trick by doing it yourself :D
Message: Posted by: RandyM (Jul 26, 2004 09:16PM)
LOL at Larry.
Message: Posted by: zombieboy (Jul 26, 2004 09:38PM)
I have a tendency to say: Well, I practice a lot.

This is the truth, and doesn't come off arrogant or self-important such as "Very well, thank you"
and it also doesn't make them look stupid, as "Can you keep a secret? So can I!" Does.

I hate both of the aforementioned comebacks. Eugene Burger does as well. I think there was an article on this a while back.
Message: Posted by: Dirko (Jul 26, 2004 09:43PM)
I uaully say "i have no idea it has never worked before!" and then give them one of those big winks. It usually gets a laugh and they don't press the issue!
Message: Posted by: iamslow (Jul 26, 2004 10:24PM)
I usually say " I didn't"
Message: Posted by: dbiderman (Jul 26, 2004 11:37PM)
I go at this two ways; first, I will put the "how did you do that" theme into my patter to begin with...also, sometimes I will give this line: "first time is magic, second time is a lesson"
Message: Posted by: dynamiteassasin (Jul 26, 2004 11:43PM)
I usually say after the "How did you do that?" reation..

"I can't believe it worked on my first trial"..

or I say

"It's all magic. Do you want to learn? I give lessons."

hehe..another way to earn some bucks.. :)
Message: Posted by: Kevin Ram (Jul 27, 2004 08:53AM)
That's great larry.

Bit of a mouthfull for me.

I may as well just tell them how I did it... lol

kukram
Message: Posted by: icicular (Jul 27, 2004 11:19AM)
"I am a magical being"

"I practice the Dark Arts"

"I studied the ancient Azagthoth texts, and bore my soul to the abyss to learn that feat of magick."

"The Black Goat of the Woods with A Thousand Young revealed it to me in my most feverish dreams"

and for something really narcissistic:

"For you have seen the sun and been blinded by its radiance"


Maybe you can tell I've read a little Lovecraft in my day.

Posted: Jul 27, 2004 12:21pm
Larry, your answer is PRICELESS
Message: Posted by: Larry Davidson (Jul 27, 2004 05:06PM)
My reply fits my playful "mess with the audience" persona. Feel free to use it...what the heck, I stole it from a catalog!!!!

Larry


P.S. - If you want a chuckle instead of a deer-in-the-headlights look from the audience, you can follow the nonsensical reply with a sarcastic, "Any other questions?" or "Of course, you probably already knew that" and then smile.
Message: Posted by: NoahJLevine (Jul 27, 2004 09:57PM)
Zombieboy hit the nail on the head. Responses like "very well thank you" and "I could tell you what I have to kill you" are rude. It's one thing to top a rude remark, but to have an obnoxious comeback to a genuine question simply distances you from your audience. It basically says " I'm on autopilot".
Message: Posted by: prettylady1990 (Jul 28, 2004 12:49AM)
Hi I have some which I have collected from different places. Hope you enjoy!

Responses to “I know how you did that”

· "I know how you did that" Response: " I knew first!"
· "I know how you did that" Response: " I already know. I don't want them to know so keep it under your hat."
· You know how it's done, and I get paid to do it!
· "if I tell you that you're wrong then you'll keep guessing, and if you get a right guess then I'd either have to lie to you or admit that you're right. So I'll just let you think that you got it figured out."
· "...you certainly have hit upon the right idea. But please, do not talk with other people about it, because I like to protect my secret."
· "Well don't tell them now, sell it after the show"
Message: Posted by: Larry Davidson (Jul 28, 2004 05:58AM)
[quote]
On 2004-07-27 22:57, NoahJLevine wrote:
Zombieboy hit the nail on the head. Responses like "very well thank you" and "I could tell you what I have to kill you" are rude. It's one thing to top a rude remark, but to have an obnoxious comeback to a genuine question simply distances you from your audience. It basically says " I'm on autopilot".
[/quote]

And I think he missed the nail completely. With respect to these lines, it's not [i]what[/i] you say, it's [i]how[/i] you say it (your attitude, facial expression and voice inflection) and how it fits your performing persona.
Message: Posted by: atrudo (Jul 28, 2004 05:19PM)
I just say with years of practice. It usually gets a laugh.
Message: Posted by: dpe666 (Jul 28, 2004 08:08PM)
[quote]
On 2004-07-27 22:57, NoahJLevine wrote:
Zombieboy hit the nail on the head. Responses like "very well thank you" and "I could tell you what I have to kill you" are rude. It's one thing to top a rude remark, but to have an obnoxious comeback to a genuine question simply distances you from your audience. It basically says " I'm on autopilot".
[/quote]

It really depends on the character you are. For example, my response of "None of your business", may seem rude. However, with my character, it fits perfectly. To come back with something witty or playful would be wrong. :devilish:
Message: Posted by: Larry Davidson (Jul 29, 2004 05:02PM)
[quote]
On 2004-07-28 21:08, dpe666 wrote:
It really depends on the character you are.
[/quote]

Bingo.
Message: Posted by: RonCalhoun (Aug 18, 2004 12:10AM)
My personal line...

"I don't know how it works, I'm just glad it does."
- Ron Calhoun
Message: Posted by: oldguy (Sep 26, 2004 07:47PM)
How about, "I'll let you know when my book comes out."
Tom
Message: Posted by: imagine (Sep 30, 2004 06:38AM)
One of the things we have to remember is that the reply needs to fit our character, and to put them across without sounding arrogant. Another thing you could do is smile and apppear mysterious and if they persist then give them one of the replys
Message: Posted by: sinnead zenun (Oct 2, 2004 03:36PM)
I make a mysterious grin, with my index finger I point my head and say it's all in the mind. Or sometimes I just shrugged and look far away. On with the next trick...
Message: Posted by: Laughing Otter (Oct 3, 2004 02:46PM)
Honest truth:
When I was working as a stage assistant, the magician was very personable and always did autographs and talked to the audience after shows.
Hearing that question over and over, he decided - as an experiment - to begin answering with the absolute truth. Not a detailed explanation, just something like "The pen had two caps, and I switched them."
The usual reaction? "Nuh-uh! Come on. Really, how did you do it?"

People are so funny.
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Oct 21, 2004 04:38PM)
Spectator: How did you do that?

1) Very carefully.
2) That time? Backwards.
3) What? ... What?
4) Pretty good I thought.
5) It's a secret.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Oct 21, 2004 08:09PM)
Uh... I was trying to turn that pack of cards into a live chicken, but I'm glad you liked what happened anyway.
Message: Posted by: BarryFernelius (Oct 22, 2004 10:57AM)
That's a very interesting question! My wife, who's seen my act hundreds of times, always asks, "WHY do you do that?"
Message: Posted by: Dr_Stephen_Midnight (Oct 22, 2004 06:11PM)
(severe, suspicious look; answering calmly and evenly)
I did NOT make the 'unspeakable promise' to He Who Must Not Be Named.

Steve
Message: Posted by: Amazing Dick (Oct 23, 2004 12:53PM)
"By taking my vitamins and saying my prayers".