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Review King
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Such thought went into your routine. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!
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the saddest are, "It might have been"

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Thanks MagicChris...i did put a lot of thought into this routine and, to date, have not yet even performed it myself!! I have rehearsed it a number of times and am still working out the timing of the hand movements...i was also playing with the idea of pulling out various props to match the poem for example...."but slipped through a whole in the glove" would correspond with me taking out a white glove with a hole in it...

ANY MORE THOUGHTS OUT THERE?

ALSO, DOES ANYONE KNOW STEVE BACHO? I'M CURIOUS ON HIS HANDLING, PATTER IMPROVEMENTS WITH THIS ROUTINE...THANKS!
Jonathan Townsend
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Thoughts... just one that may help you;

PERFORM THE ROUTINE! Do if for some people and notice how they react. When you get some of the patterns in their reactions you can review your script and refine your trick as needed.

Not all poetry works as patter, and not stories make perfect patter for coin tricks. You have to try the stuff and find out from real people what works.
...to all the coins I've dropped here
RJ11
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Everyone,

This is my first post. I just wanted to say that I love the creativity here - Smartini, very nice. I enjoy the Hopping Half very much. I have a routine that was published in the April 2004 SAM mag. in Cody Fisher's column. The routine was developed by myself and conversations and ideas with Barry Schor (Owner of Presto Magic Shop in Scottsdale, AZ). In the April Issue the magazine forgot to conclude me in the credits and was kindly added in the October 2004 Issue by Cody (THANKS AGAIN, Cody).

I always loved the hopping half BUT the re-setting was always a problem and I wanted something different than the "oops, your wrong again" concept w/ the spectators. Take a look if you have it. If not, you can message me and I can send it to who ever wants to read it.

Finally, an idea that was definitely Mr. Schor's was the use of the Larry becker purses. Larry's coin purse is a quality item that actually recently just came back on the market (THANK YOU MR. Becker for putting them back out).

Again, if you can't find it in the April 2004 MUM or need some more explaination just message me and I will be happy to help.

Enjoy the day.

RJ11

One more thing, resetting in my routine is pretty automatic!!!

Thanks again.

RJ11
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I like the routine for a specific reason. The normal hopping half routine kind of making the spectators look foolish. They cannot guess whats in your hand and when they finally guesses "right" your hand is empty. I do not like routines that makes the entire crowd feel cheated and to some extent "stupid" (it's not my style.

I love the presentation suggested. It's a sweet story that focuses more on making magic, than asking people to guess whats in your hand.

Thanks for reinventing my hopping halves, I almost retired it, but I will get it into play again.
evolve629
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Thank you for sharing this very sweet story/ patter / presentation for the Hopping Halves, The Great Smartini. Hopping Halves is one of my strongest gaffed coins effects that I do in between cards. It's clean, impossible, and less confusing than the C/B/S/
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Charlie Justice
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I can assure you that you've given us all something far greater than a few lines of text associated with your patter. You've made us THINK.

Magic is visual, no if, ands or buts about that. However, too often I find myself reminded that the minds eye is just as visual. Shame on me. Your poem is an effect all in itself. I actually 'saw' your effect without ever seeing it. Thanks!
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I am impressed. Thanks for sharing. Someone else said it, but I'll reiterate. I enjoy when others concentrate on the presentation and not on the effect itself. Thanks again.
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On 2005-03-01 03:44, Vraagaard wrote:
I like the routine for a specific reason. The normal hopping half routine kind of making the spectators look foolish. They cannot guess whats in your hand and when they finally guesses "right" your hand is empty. I do not like routines that makes the entire crowd feel cheated and to some extent "stupid" (it's not my style.

I love the presentation suggested. It's a sweet story that focuses more on making magic, than asking people to guess whats in your hand.

Thanks for reinventing my hopping halves, I almost retired it, but I will get it into play again.


What more ca I say!

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Ragman
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I have a thought for an ending that I think may fit your patter and give just a bit of a suprise to it as well. If you are at all a student of slieght of hand then the solution to this handling will come to you.(If not I may be able to help if you PM me) In the story you mention that the the coin was hit by the train. You could have it return to the hand as the silver dissappears. The difference would be that you would have it returned as a coin (it would be smashed)that had been run over by the train. The appearance at the end would be a slight suprise and it could illustrate why it never returned. Or maybe both could be run over and the coins reappear smashed in your hands as you mention that nothing on earth could keep them apart. Just an incomplete thought, a jump off point if you will
Ragman
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I have a thought for an ending that I think may fit your patter and give just a bit of a suprise to it as well. If you are at all a student of slieght of hand then the solution to this handling will come to you.(If not I may be able to help if you PM me) In the story you mention that the the coin was hit by the train. You could have it return to the hand as the silver dissappears. The difference would be that you would have it returned as a coin (it would be smashed)that had been run over by the train. The appearance at the end would be a slight suprise and it could illustrate why it never returned. Or maybe both could be run over and the coins reappear smashed in your hands as you mention that nothing on earth could keep them apart. Just an incomplete thought, a jump off point if you will
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