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ThomasJ
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Kind of along the lines of changing the mind line is, "Are you sure?"

In the magic retail realm..the word "killer" anywhere in the ad copy of a trick has come to mean "mediocre" to me.
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The most overused phrase is:

What can I buy next?
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This is a great section!!! Now I have some more phases to use.

No phrase is over used if the audience have not heard it before. The only over used phrase is one you use too many times in the course of your performance. Look… watch… ain’t I great? (Sorry, had to include that last one).
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On 2007-10-14 16:47, George Ledo wrote:
Somebody mentioned this one some time back: "Here we have..."

Who's we, the poster asked, do you have a mouse in your pocket?


No, I am an editor, that's the editorial "we."

No, I have a tapeworm.

No, I am royal.

No, I am pregnant.

No, My name is LEGION for I am MANY!

No, my name is Lesion for I am Mangy.
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Instead of "pick a card..." try "Would you select a card please?" Instead of "Perfect" or "Fantastic" try "Thank you." You should show consideration to your audience/assistant.

And now for my next comment, I will start by saying........
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I was just thinking about a Jeff McBride DVD I have. He does a beautiful act, with magic many of us have used over the years, but he doesn't say anything verbally, but he sure says a lot with his acting and expressions.
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"Fantastic"

"Great"

"Perfect"

"Hold out your hand. No the clean one"
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What would you say when on stage instead of "Ladies and Gentlemen" ?
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If in Southern California: 'You guyses' as in how are you guyses doing?

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On 2006-04-13 09:06, Bill Palmer wrote:
"What I'm going to do now is..."

"What I'd like for you to do now is ..."

Some magicians can make these phrases into two or three syllable words.

Yes, I use to say something very similar to those until my girlfriend pointed it out and threatened to throw stuff at me every time I said it. Nothing like a caring critic not afraid to deflate your ego to make your show better!
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On 2009-06-12 22:20, Whitewolfny wrote:
Instead of "pick a card..." try "Would you select a card please?" Instead of "Perfect" or "Fantastic" try "Thank you." You should show consideration to your audience/assistant.

And now for my next comment, I will start by saying........


I say "take a card..." Then I ask them to give it back.
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Harry Kellar was one of the greatest magicians of all time and his grammar was horrible. I guess that ole' saying is true, "it's not what you do it's the way that you do it."
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Some phrases that bug me are: Smile

The use of the words, Ordinary, Regular, Real, Normal etc

"I have 52 cards, all different and in no particular order"

"Sleeves rolled up"

"I'm not going to use any sleight of hand"

"You had a fair choice"
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Personally, no lines bug me. I love reading topics like these just so I can pick up a few extra one-liners, which I have.

Although lines are repeated often by most magicians, the audience is not used to it at all, so it gets a laugh anyway. Just keep that in mind and you'll be fine.
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Sometimes I find the LACK of some good patter, even if they are one-liners, is worse than not using them. You'll see people coming out with magic DVDS and in the performance section have no build up at all and just perform it like a stunt (as Eugene Burger would say).

Besides... I like those likes like "Stand right here... right over the trap door." They get a good laugh.

Sam
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"write youre name on the face of the card in big letters... But smaller then the actual card" really makes me laugh Smile

but I must say I'm jealous of you english speaking guys because there is no frase in the world that sounds better in my language then in english. Swedish holds me back.

we did invent the word smorgosbord thou Smile
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"At no time do my hands leave my arms"

And the ubiquitous "Sorry, we don't pay, but you'll get some exposure."
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What he said.
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After reading all of these offerings,
the one word that I find the least useful is --
"trick"

I have never used that word before a spectator and shudder
when I hear a fellow magician use it.
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Yes.
NEVER use the "T" word.
Thank you funsway.

Don't care if I ever hear "Pick a card" again either.
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