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Paul
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ANY effect can be a bad opener depending on how it is being performed!

I've opened my close up with coin tricks and I've opened with card tricks. I've opened with a paddle trick and I've even done close up mentalism. Currently, I often open with a pick card trick, which I think takes their preconceived ideas and blows them out of the water. However, the effect I use incorporates skill, humour, lets them know I don't take myself too seriously, seems amazinly fair and above board and convinces them I am well worth watching. As soon as people realize you are a magician they have their preconceived ideas anyway.

John Cornelius's version of The Shrinking Card Case (or several other versions of Peter Kane's original effect)is a brilliant card opener, something totally unexpected and visual happens within seconds! I have used a few versions of this over the years.

However, I would suggest not opening a close up set with any popular gaffed deck effect. The last thing you want is to conclude your opening effect and have someone say, "Can I look at those cards?" or "My son/brother has one of those trick decks".

Paul.
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On 2005-06-03 09:39, Paul wrote:
ANY effect can be a bad opener depending on how it is being performed!

Paul.


I don't think anyone could have said it better. I totally agree with Paul on this one. I, too, have opened with different things.. Ropes, coins, cards, mentalism. It isn't about what it is you are performing, it is about HOW you present it. Something else as well, if you do plan to open with a card trick, be careful with what you choose. You want an ice breaker, not something one would usually close with.. for example, do not open with an Out of this World plot. Open with something simple and to the point.

Later,
James
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