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musicalmagician622
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I wasn't sure exactly where to put this but this seems right. Anyway...

For an Ameteur magician like me, I find it hard to get an audience. I think the reason is because of nerves. Just for an example, I was riding on a train today and there are bunches of other people around. The train was delayed and everyone was bored. I was considering doing a few things to entertain everyone, but I'm not exactly sure how to go about doing that. Should I just go over to the other people and ask, "Do you like magic?" or is there some better way to get an audience. Any tips or advice or even stories of mishaps other people have had to make me feel better would help. Thanks. Smile
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KyletheGreat
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I usually always have a ITR in my coat. It is fun to make something float in a public place and people seem to stop, look, and come over. Then they ask you questions and you offer to show them some more stuff with whatever else you have on you.

BAsically, if you do something really visual, the audience will come to you.

But if you want to go the other route, just approach somebody and say "can I show you something?" and then perform.

Breaking down that wall we call nerves is tough, but when you do it, you will be happy about what you had done. You just gotta take that first step. Breath deaply and GO!!
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rikbrooks
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I agree that you need something visual. I just pull out my 5" linking rings and start practicing. Before long I've got people watching. I was in a delayed train myself a couple of weeks ago. I commute to work every day on the train and it was raining hard and one of the tunnels had flooded. I just stepped up to the front of the train where there was some room and pulled my 10" rings out of my pouch and did the whole routine. Then I walked around the train doing my chop cup, brainwave, and sponge balls.

I don't ask, I perform. If I'm good they ask me to continue.






I'm good.
mstick85
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Hey, Tex,

Where do you carry all of that stuff? In a briefcase? I wouldn't know where to start, you know? What to carry around. A thumb tip would be good. You could do that vanishing silk in the dollar that Patrick Page teaches on his dvd/tape. Just kind of go from there, huh? I find that people like the Svengali deck. Works everytime and they are AMAZED.

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KyletheGreat
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Carry around items that you are used to and comfortable performing with. You could keep small things in your pocket, or if you want, you could carry things in a satchell or backpack of some sort.
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musicalmagician622
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Thanks for the help!

I usually carry around a small bag that has a couple of decks of cards, my hot rod, some rope, and my misled and such. I find that it's really a good idea to have something on you at all times, even if you're just practicing.
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I always carry arouund a shoulder bag. It's one of those canvas things that always get handed out at conferences and such. The FIRST thing that goes in is my magic. Here's what is in there right now:

A thread reel
8 5" rings
8 8" rings
A hot rod
A Brainwave deck
A Mental Photography deck
4 sponge balls
A chop cup with 2 different sets of balls, one red-white-blue and the other white

After that I have the few things that I need from work. My picture doesn't show it but I'm a really big man. I'm a body builder and it doesn't bother me to carry around a 30 pound bag all day
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Heh, He aint joking, I've seen his website.

I usually carry a T.T, raven, a deck and always make sure I have some spare change in my pockets. Oh and a box of matches.
The raven is great for a first effect, A COIN CHANGE, then once I have established I am the real deal, the raven can fly off and I perform some sleight of hand with the "transformed" coin.
I could perform the change using a switch but I need the "first shot" to go without a hitch, then once they are amazed, I have the confidence to continue.
but MM622 is right, chances to perform can be rare for amateurs, we have to hunt them down and grab them while making them look off the cuff and impromptu.
'though it stands to reason that a samurai should be mindful of the Way...it would seem that we are all negligent.
Tigerrune
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Can someone explain the effect of Raven and Hot Rod for me please? Also, what is a T.T.?

Spending a lot of time reading this Forum today, and I'm learning a lot!

Thanks to everyone.

-R-
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DomKabala
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On 2005-07-17 11:47, Tigerrune wrote:
Can someone explain the effect of Raven and Hot Rod for me please? Also, what is a T.T.?

Spending a lot of time reading this Forum today, and I'm learning a lot!

Thanks to everyone.

-R-
The "Raven" is a gimmick that will allow many effects to be performed but basically it is used to vanish a "borrowed" coin from the open palm. David Blaine made it popular after he used it on one of his specials. The "Hot Rod" is a plastic or metal rod with colored stones on it. You allow the spectator to "choose" a color and suddenly all the stones turn that color! "TT" stands for "thumb tip". These are all good effects and a standard in every "Close-up" performer's repertoire. I suggest you visit the almost endless on-line magic suppliers to read more about these and to gain a little more insight into what's available to beginners as well as veterans. Good luck!! Smile

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