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1) My wife - I can tell by looking at her face if she is impressed.

2) If you have some family you are not sure would like your magic, ask them, "Would you do me a favor and watch a couple of tricks and let me know anything you see that is not right or awkward?" Some people don't like to watch magic for magic's sake, but they will be glad to help someone in need of help or advice!

3) I would rather mess up in front of them then in front of others. PLUS you will get valuable experience performing in front of someone LIVE. This will better prepare you for a 'real' performance!
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My younger brother gives me great feedback regarding angles for sleights, and he also knows where I'm coming from. he's cool.

as for another one of my family members, it'll take a lot to fool him now (he thinks he knows it all over the years) and he can't really look at things objectively. more focused towards seeing if he can figure it out - if he can't, to him it's a good trick. you all know how it is to be performing for someone who's only interested in how it's done... other aspects of the effect are neglected.

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I try out all my new stuff on my Grandson (9)and his friends. I have put on shows for them too when reworking my patter..
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I think it is useful to try things out on family members, but I have had to develop a thick skin because they can be brutal!

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I demo everything on my fiancee first. She'll just tell me straight out if she catches me making a move. No holds barred, brutal honesty can be a very good thing. You don't want to go out in public and perform an effect you think you do well, only to find out later that you were somehow screwing up the whole time. Better to fail in front of someone you love than in front of perfect (and sometimes annoying) strangers.
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Definitely! It is helpful to practice for your family. You can trust that they won't give away your secret and they can give you nice critiques. I'm lucky in the fact that my sister and my mother don't try to figure the tricks out. They just want to be entertained, so they can help make my tricks more fun. While, my dad is a technique hound. He sees everything and thus, helps me clean up techniques and sleights.
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My family is not afraid to tell me when something sucks. When I first started magic this was helpful, because I always new what I needed to work on.
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Keeping in mind that I am only 14, I always show my new tricks to my mom first. She is very helpful. I usually learn a trick by reading once in a book or online. I use my mom to practice on. She is very honest and if I need to work on something she tells me what I can improve. If I do well on the first time, I get a really funny reaction from her which is always a plus.
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts!!
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Eric - I am with you. My folks are the toughest critics, they know me so they feel really comfortable telling things most people are to polite to mention.

My wife, well I can get most things by her, she is naive about magic stuff. She is from the Philippines and was never exposed to anything like that, makes it fun though performing for her and her family in the Philippines, (Had to explain to them it isn't real magic like witchcraft or voodoo, it is entertainment.)
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I perform for my family, but I'm very careful when doing a move, such as a DL, that will be used in 99% of my card tricks. My family, and I heard this is true with most, is very grabby and not afraid to shout out. I was doing my multiplying balls (the Mark Wilson routine) and my cousin decided to just stand up and stand behind me. I was in the middle of a move, so I would have given away the secret if I turned at an angle to have him sit back down. He then shouted the secret out.

This also has happened to me during cards with DLs, Erdnase Color Changes, Snap Change and several other effects. I still think it's a great way to practice, but don't show them your 'core' moves until you have them down 100%, or else you could be ruined Smile
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I perform to mum and dad all the time before performing wheni go out, atleast they can tell me if I'm doin things rong
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I preform for my family with new tricks I have used, my mother loves magic and is in awe with the tricks. My little sister is the one who is critical, and the one I look for to help me break down and analyze angles and the like.
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Practice practice practice.... Perform everywhere and to anyone. Family members are the best way to gain confidence with a new routine or effect. If they criticize you, you'll learn. Everytime I learn something new, I practice by myself and practice by performing to my family and they will always help instead of "destroy"...
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