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I don't know exactly where to put this, so here I am. I recently met someone by way of a friend who is blind. he learned that I was a magician and now he wants me to show him a trick. the thing is, I'd like something where he will get to experience the magic, not by way of a narrator. I had thought about sponge balls, but it still doesn't seem like it would do the trick. if you have any ideas, let me know. I might just have to use a narrator anyway, but I'd like to avoid it if possible. thanx for the tips!!!
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What about Charles Gauci's effect "Eye to Eye"? Your spectator conceals a banknote in one hand, and a small ball in the other - your spec. knows YOU can't see it, either . . but you are able to reveal which hand has which etc.

Charles demmed it at a Convention. The effect is very magical, and I bought it even though it isn't really my style of effect. Worth a look, because of it's tactile nature.

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While it may seem to be a stupid trick, I know this one works with the blind. You need two people to participate in it. Do a version of grandmother's necklace. If you will supply me with your e-mail address, I'll send you the one from my lecture notes.

I did this one for a blind friend of mine, and he really liked it.
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You mean you don't know how to teleport yourself for a blind person (works for anyone, actually, just blindfold them).

In a room (bigger the better) set small hidden/disguised speakers at varying distances from the center and at least 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock. You need a wireless mic and speakers that you can control the volume on. You also need to control the output of the speakers independently (you could have an accomplice do the switching if your wireless can't). You'll want the speakers set to volumes that overpower your own voice -which will always be close to the person- and at different levels to give the impression of varying distance.

Sit the person in the center. Stand in front of them...hold their hand...tell them they are about to experience something phenomenal and unexplainable. Let go of their hand and turn your back to them. "I'm here, now I'm here, and here..." Your voice walks around the room at a pace only explained by your lightning ability to transport yourself. Don't forget to turn and face them and hold their hand again....that is what brings this illusion home! Don't do it so fast, either. A voice circulating will ruin the effect.

Sure it takes some prep, but you could always have this set up and you didn't have to pay me six bucks to download it.
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You'd also need to be very careful to eq it, and to monitor the echoes, as well. As you know, people who lose one facility often make up for it (well, their brain does) with heightened sensitivity to others. Therefore, your friend most likely has gotten very good at distinguishing different types of sounds, and could most likely identify a live voice v/s one pushed through an amp and then a speaker.

I think a tactile effect would be good. I don't have PK touches by Banachek, but perhaps this could be used?
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The context of the performance is very important. If there are other spectators, specifically those who are not blind, then things that use false auditory cuing would appear to them to be taking advantage of his blindness. You need something that will fool everyone, but that the blind spectator can also appreciate.

I once performed the chop cup for Jose Feliciano. His wife told him what was going on as I performed.

Whit Haydn has an excellent routine that he did for a blind girl, in which she exhibited her psychic powers. I won't tip it here. It was in Whit's notes.
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These are all great posts, guys!! I also just thought of something, I could also do a mentalism routine using the one ahead. the only thing with that is that I normally have them choose a card at the end. any ideas on this? keep the posts coming!!
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Bill: that routine of Whit's, if it's the one that's akin to OOTW but with her as the star, I don't think that's original to him. I remember reading it elsewhere, and it was offered for anyone to use, should they run across this difficult but potentially rewarding performing situation.

Snap: perhaps a Raven effect would do, as well. Use a shimmed quarter, allow them to feel it to verify that it's a quarter (he is probably accustomed to the size and relief contour of a quarter versus other coins), then vanish it with the Raven, and ask him to see if the quarter is still there. I think this would be quite amazing for him, even without being able to witness it visually, because there's no possible way that you could have snatched it off his palm (better to do palm than back of hand in this case) with your fingers, without him sensing it.

Of course, another effect you could do would be the '37' or '86' trick, or any number of other mentalism effects of that nature.
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Math Magic may also fit the bill. I don't have it yet, but Banacheck's Radio Mentalism sounds like a good source.

I'll never forget when I learned a trick in college and went up to the first person I came across and told him to pick a card, look at it..... Forgot he was blind.

Oh, you could teach him/her a trick with a stripper deck.

Drop a line to the folks at Klamm magic. I believe that Klamm is almost blind so he may have some thoughts on this.

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For the one ahead force, somrthing math related or use the simple geometric shape force.

I also remember my tactile being fooled by an Ellis ring on my thumb trick.
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I always thought Whit came up with that one on the spot. He was doing it in the early 1970's. I'm sure of this, because he had it in his lecture that he did for us in 1976, and he mentioned that he had done it a few years before.
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On 2005-02-24 17:36, mcmc wrote:
Bill: that routine of Whit's, if it's the one that's akin to OOTW but with her as the star, I don't think that's original to him. I remember reading it elsewhere, and it was offered for anyone to use, should they run across this difficult but potentially rewarding performing situation.


I have heard other people say that my Impromptu Card Code (Routine for the Blind) was not first created by me, and of course that is always possible. There is very little "new under the sun."

I came up with my published method and routine independently while working bars in New York City in the late 1960's--as described in my book "Street Magic."

Matthew Field said in one of his reviews that the method was "hardly original" but didn't list any original source.

Dan Harlan put out a more complex version of the impromptu code on one of his videos, but didn't give any source or credit, so I don't know if he developed his routine independently, expanded upon my published work, or learned it somewhere else entirely.

I respect both of these guys a lot, and they could well have access to an earlier source.

I developed it as a street performer in the late 1960's, and first published it in my lecture notes as Bill said in the mid-70's, and it has been a regular part of my lectures since that time. A full description of the psychology and history of the routine is in my book "Street Magic."

The story of my performing the routine for a blind girl is published in Michael Jeffrey's 1990 book "Speaking with Magic," as well as in the book "Chicken Soup for the Soul, Vol 3" and was produced as a television story in the PAX TV series "Chicken Soup for the Soul" with magician/actor George Tovar playing me.

Eddie Fechter, Eddie Fields, Johnny Tompson, Billy McComb, Roger Klause and most of the other knowledgeable performers that I have shown it to over the years have thought it was new to them.

I am glad that the subject has come up, because I would love to know if anyone has any knowledge of any earlier version of this trick, and would be happier giving either someone else the credit for it or accepting credit for it myself with a little more confidence.

Mcmc, Matt Fields, Dan or anyone who might have an earlier source, please chime in.

It would not surprise me or bother me to find out that someone else came up with this idea before me, and I would really like to know who that other really clever one might be... Smile
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Mmhf, mmf mm MM!

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Oops, sorry there Whit, I have a hard time talking with my foot in my mouth.
*ptui*

There, that's better!

To set the record straight, this young man (mcmc) with a horrid memory, did read about your performance of that effect with the young blind girl, in 'Chicken Soup For The Soul'! Which means that my addendum of 'and he offered it for anyone to use should they run across this difficult situation' was total b- er, hogwash. My apologies, Whit!

It's funny, because I must have read that about 3~4 years ago, and I liked that story (I know, I know, but I *do* like reading those stories every once in a blue moon) a lot. That was back before the days of the Café, and therefore the days when I still loved magic, but was not very savvy to the many important names. Forgive me for fronting like I knew what I was talking about when I really didn't! =)

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It sounds like you've taken the simple code from the story of your encounter with that girl, and made it into a full-fledged routine? I'd love to read it, so it sounds like I'll be picking up 'Street Magic' sometime soon.

Thanks for the correction, and again, a testament to how wonderful(ly embarassing, at times) the Café is for people like me who would otherwise never be able to rub (virtual) shoulders with folks like Whit and others!

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It was probably either Marlo or Slydini. They have invented everything original I ever came up with. Smile
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Maurice: No problem. I will put my bad memory up against yours any day. Smile Besides, in Chicken Soup they only gave my first name.

In fact that whole episode was a sore point for me, since I did not submit the story, rather it was submitted without my permission or approval. I would not have wanted to tip the method to the effect in a publication not meant for those learning magic. I came very close to suing for copyright infringement.

When I was contacted for permission to use the story in their tv show, I insisted on them finding a way to tell the story without revealing the method. They were very good about this, and paid me for the story, so I let it go.

Besides it gives me my favorite needle for my good friend (and wonderful magician) George Tovar. He played the part of the younger me in the television show. In fact, he is on the road playing the part of a magician in a wonderful play right now.

Whenever I introduce him to anyone, I always say, "He's not a real magician, but he played one on tv." Smile He hates that.

But I really am glad you brought it up, and hopefully this might help to resolve this question. There is so much magic published, and it is so difficult to know it all.

There is always a good possibility that whatever you come up with on your own, someone else got there first. So if anyone knows of any prior routines like mine, I would love to hear about it.

Bill: It would be kind of comforting to know that it was Marlo or Slydini that got there first...and not, for example, Kaymar.

By the way, there is a good thread on magic for the blind at http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......;forum=5
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There where a post here on the forum, for some time ago about gum magic, where a guy had made a trick with gum for blind person. do a search if you want.
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