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I use the D' Lite effects in a walk around bit I do for the kids at the children's hospital where I work, along with a couple of coin vanishes, my entire "show" is about 3 mins. The kids love the magic light!
Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi ~
The face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter ~Cicero
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I never get around to doing routines. By the time I have managed to find someone actually interested in viewing magic, I either feel unprepared since I have carried it around with me for months, or more commonly I am working on something more advanced and the original idea seems stupid and full of flaws to me.

As a non professional, I would have to say that I currently prefer the idea of single very short effects, like shocking people by suddenly swallowing a coin and then producing it again from somewhere else. Done.

Generally speaking, I find that I often lose my concentration when watching other people's magic routines. Cards go in and out of the deck. Coins go across and then back again. It never ends. When the dramatic finish finally appears I have forgotten how many coins they were supposed to have in the first place. It just doesn't work well on someone who isn't interested enough to pay special attention. So I prefer simple and visual things.

An example of the perfect routine for me would be to have the spectator shuffle the cards and cut them and then do one thing like a card to impossible location or anything that happens in their hand, followed by some mystical cut or shuffle you learned while vacationing in Haiti, ending with the cards now being separated into red and black. More than enough for one routine.
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I too am a non-professional but am finding more than enough “volunteer spectators” . I have found that just doing a short trick has 1 of 2 responses: 1) No big deal. 2) How’d you do it? I got some advice Alan Wheeler describes above, to make my trick have 3 parts… kind of a continuum… and have found that this produces more awe. Now, instead of 1 trick, they have to think of 3 and their mind is so busy, they can’t talk Smile.
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