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Owen Thomas
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What do you do when somebody asks to look through your cards but you have some doubles or its a gaffed deck or something?
I don't know any deck switches thant can be performed fast.
djc89
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I don't know any deck switches that are fast either. But this is what I use:
-I start to put away the gaffed deck/cards
-The audience says, "Can we see the cards?"
-I respond, "What's that? I couldn't hear you." Allowing myself more time to put my gaffed deck away.
-They repeat their request.
-I say, "Sure," and take out the ungaffed deck in my pocket.
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When anyone asks to see my cards I just fan them.
Of course I don't leave myself with a dirty deck at the end of a trick. Ether routine it so that the questionable cards are removed or only use a "normal" deck.

In general we use too many gimicked decks !!

And the reason I don't hand out my cards to be examined is that they have been dropped, and in one case the question was asked so he could show me some tricks.

Its also worth asking yourself why they ask to see the cards.
Are you doing something to suggest something is wrong with them ?
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I do not let people see my cards, even if they're a normal deck after an effect. They might start wanting to examine everything after that.

If they say something make a joke out of it. "I'm sory sir/miss, but these cards are very delicate and were given to me by houdini and you look rather clumsy."

Or as you put the deck away pull out a real deck and say "how bout I make a deal with you, I'll show you another effect" Then do something, where they have some participation in the effect, such as a shuffle or a cut.
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I don't recall anyone ever asking me this question - and that includes a lot of kid's shows. Now the routines I do with regular decks leave cards scattered all around anyway, so if I am ever asked this, I'll just gesture at all the cards on the ground (while I'm doing a pocket switch) and comment about check out "those" too.

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Jaz
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I believe that Owen does magic in impromptu type situations for acquaintances.
It's tough to manage people who have known you a while.

One or two odd cards in a deck are relatively simple to conceal in a spread or cop out.

When I first started magic I did a Svengali deck trick for two friends.
At end I took a deep breath and quickly spread the cards on a chance the dupes would not be seen. They weren't.

Unless it's a situation where I can make a switch, I avoid using most gaffed decks.
Stripper, a couple of gaffed cards? OK.
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Well generally, I don't use a gimmicked deck. But I have a few times in the past. If somebody demands to "lemme see them cards" , I say, "sure, lemme me see a $100 bill". Generally shuts them up.
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I liked erniep33's suggestion best of all. Occasionally, one might offer a signed card as a 'souvenir'. But other than that, just offer another trick as an afterthought, as you dump the gaffed deck in your pocket.
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On 2005-05-01 15:06, Jaz wrote:
I believe that Owen does magic in impromptu type situations for acquaintances.
It's tough to manage people who have known you a while.

One or two odd cards in a deck are relatively simple to conceal in a spread or cop out.

When I first started magic I did a Svengali deck trick for two friends.
At end I took a deep breath and quickly spread the cards on a chance the dupes would not be seen. They weren't.

Unless it's a situation where I can make a switch, I avoid using most gaffed decks.
Stripper, a couple of gaffed cards? OK.



You know that reminds me of a time when I had just started magic. My uncle had given me a Svengali deck and a jawdroppers video to go with it (it exaplined the Svengali). I took out the deck and played around with it. It was a very smooth deck. I fanned the cards and looked at them and I shuffled them. Yet I didn't see the gimmick of this deck. It wasn't until I watched the video that I found out why the deck was so special. Of course, I was about 11, so I wasn't that observant then.
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Only happend to me once that someone wanted to see a gaffed deck, I was lucky that the guy his hands where wet from spilled beer on the bar, so my excuse was that I didn't want him to kill my deck. He started to make fun of me to his friends and that was the right misderection for me to remove the gaffed cards. His friends did notice it but he didn't. I made him dry his hand and gave him the clean deck. Amazed as he was he applogized. And his friends were still laughing. And so was I.

What I'm trying to tell is that it depends on the situation, and that you need to improvise
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Ask then if they would ask a violin player to have a look at there instrument.... That's what I do.

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I also put the deck away and switch it with a real one I have found that this works.
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A few things, firstly, either palm off to end clean, if you are not ending clean in your trick, some of the feints to swap decks are good, but my best suggestion... is work on your patter and presentation. If people are asking to look at the cards, you've done something wrong...

Even if they do ultimately ask to see the cards, it wont be the first thing they come to, it'll be a last resort by which time you could have put the deck away, sat back and enjoyed the effect you've had, plenty of time to simply take out another deck.
However, unfortunately, if the cards have been away, people will have time to speculate about switches etc... essentially what I'm getting at is:

"For those who believe, no explanation is necessary, for those who don't, no explanation will suffice."

It's your job to make them believe, otherwise nothing you can do will suffice.
"A magician is one who appreciates the difference between knowing how a trick is done, and knowing how to do a trick."
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