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DaveVegas
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What is, in your opinion, the most magical way to hand out your business card?

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vernon
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Something I read in Magic magazine was to have a stack of cards made up ala ’Haunted Deck’ and as you bring them out one of them rises out of the stack. Michael Ammar wrote the article, I think.

But whatever you do, get their card or business address and send them your promo material, if you think it's applicable.
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Well, there is "most magical" and then there is practical but magical. The haunted deck is a nice idea. I saw this one tried at a club meeting last month.

I like the display of a "blank" card, followed by a magical printing of the card as it passes though the fist. This is a quick and impromptu effect with nothing required other than your business card.

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Ammar does this really cool thing where he tears off the corner of the business card and then he restores it. It is very visual and very clean and it’s on his "Ice Breakers" tape. I guarantee you will use it.
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Dave,

I like to hand out my business card in the 3 following ways:

No. 1: 2 words "Fire Wallet". Once the flames are gone, I simply hand out my card.

No. 2: I also love doing the biz card printer.

No. 3: If I’m doing some magic for them prior to handing out my biz card, I’ll insert the card in their wallet, then after my routine is over, hand back the wallet, with something special inside, and tada there is my card. Smile Smile
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I agree the torn and restored card is the best one I’ve seen and like.

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Scott O.
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I forgot about the pothole trick. That’s a great piece of magic.
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I think that Positive Negative by Max Maven is a great little effect, but you can’t really leave the business card with the spectator EVERY time - though it will happen a little more than 50% of the time. I have found a presentation that outruns that problem and serves a [perhaps] higher purpose than handing out your own card - handing out advertising for your employer. This is particularly effective if you are working for a restaurant, bar or any other establishment that has their own custom-printed matchbooks.

When I write the two-way prediction inside the matchbook cover - I do this in their presence - I open the matchbook and turn it so the matches are at the top (sort of "hanging" down) and the free end is at the bottom. I write the first word (and exclamation point) of my prediction BEHIND the matches; the rest of the prediction is written below the match heads where it can be clearly seen when the book is first opened. Those who know the routine will understand what I mean.

When it is time to reveal the prediction, if the spectator has chosen "Tails", I pick up the matchbook and hand it to them, asking them to open it and read my prediction; as they do I say, "Open it up all the way..."

If they chose "Heads", I pick the matchbook and openly tear the cover off, right at the first fold, and then hand them the torn off piece asking them to read the prediction (the matches and rest of cover are immediately tossed into a nearby trash can or dropped into my pocket). Either way they end up keeping a piece of the employer’s advertising as a souvenir.

By the way, if they HAVE chosen "Tails", after they read the prediction I take back the matchbook and tear off just the matches and striker end, leaving them with the full cover. This is commonly done when using a matchbook to write a note or phone number, and if you are working multiple tables that are in view of each other you can repeat the routine without there being an obvious difference in handling. With a business card you run the risk of one table wondering why THEY weren’t given the card at the end of the effect. It’s a small, but (I think) valid concern.

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Two words:

BACK PALM

Works great for me!
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Dave,

Some time ago, I sold new automobiles for a living. I wanted to cause my future customers to remember me from all the other salesmen.

I went to Haines House of Cards and purchased a gross of blank face cards and had Ronald Haines print my business card on the blank side.

In the center of the card it had my name in large letters. I told each customer that I was a magician and wanted to show them a magic effect before they left.


I showed them three face up cards, two black kings and a red king. I told them to watch the center red king and turned the three cards face down and asked them to remove the center red king and hold it face down in their hand. I then put the other two kings in my pocket.

When I turned the "king" over, it had changed to my business card. I then told them "when you purchase a car from me I will show you how this is done. No buy no tell". This always got a laugh.

My business card was really a card that stood out in their wallet from all the others they had.

It worked for me. Smile

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Business cards...



Kirk Charles, in ’Standing Up Surrounded’, makes some excellent points about the kind of business cards you should use and giving them out. A good book, worth getting if you’re into walk-around magic of any kind.

As various people herein have stated, it’s nice to give out your card, but it’s more important to get the other guy’s; so a trick which involves both is ideal. Here’s a very, very simple idea. When someone asks for your card, ask for one of his "so I can show you one quick thing that’s really interesting". You take his card and apparently write on it two initials that mean a lot to you (but sight unseen). Invite the other guy to do the same on yours. He shows what he wrote, and WOW! you wrote the exact same initials ("The thing that means a lot to me about THESE initials is that they are the ones you were going to write down").

OK, a very simple, quick trick using your favourite child of Swami, but effective. Plus now you’ve got his card; plus he’s got yours with something on it to remind him just how special you are. You can also say "Give me a call in a week’s time and I’ll tell you how I did it". If he calls and asks how you did it, say "Quite well". But that’s a bit cheesy - you have to pick and choose the right people for it.

Another point that some of you may find useful is to have two business cards. One is your regular card with your usual contact details on it. Use this for all regular purposes, and where there’s no time to do anything except just hand out your card. However, also have some made up that are intentionally lacking in key information e.g. they just say your name and provide some pithy descripton, but lack the contact details. Now, Jack asks you for your business card and you give him one of these rather ’content-lite’ cards. He looks at it and is a little puzzled - he says "But it doesn’t have your email or phone number or agent or anything...". Great! So he has to talk to you, and you say, "sure, just give it here, what’s best for you, do you want my phone number, email address...? I’ll scribble it down". At the same time, you start pumping him for information about why he thinks he might want you, what sort of bookings you might get out of him, what sort of event it is that’s coming up that he might want an entertainer for... and thereby get a closer idea of what he wants. So now you can tailor the sales pitch much more specifically (if appropriate).

My own solution to the whole business card thing is to give away a business card so striking, so intriguing, so mesmerising that people NEVER lose it, NEVER give it away, and can’t wait to show it to other people. Some people even have it framed and mounted. It’s simply one of my Wow Cards with my contact details on it. Examples are on my site. This isn’t a commercial.


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