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A deck of cards works and is visible for 18 peapole.
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A lot of things have changed in the 12 years since the other posts on this thread.

The acceptance of a deck of cards as "normal" for one thing, the expectations of many people about card tricks for another.
Finding 18 people not on a cell phone is another. The concept of "entertain me" is critical.

One might question whether using a deck of cards is "impromptu" or even "magic," but "at a moment's notice"
does call for some to be prepared. Good for you is you are. (and welcome to the Café)

You reviving this thread does take me to the question, "if you ever have 18 people paying rapt attention to what you are doing, what are you prepared to do?" - "If you desire to get the rapt attention of 18 people, would you do a magic trick or something else?"
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I have been at that situation where I went to the client's company and he suddenly asked me to perform. I did digital force bag by nick einhorn and social prediction by debjit magic
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Its so thoughtful right.. the post was started at 2006. Now the present time is june 2019, still this post is being read by many magicians..

Thinking this itself gives a magical feel.

Do you agree with what I said. Smile
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Digital force bag is a super fun impromptu tool. You can pair it with so many different kinds of revelations. It's so fun!
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It's good that the OP was reflecting on his regret and this topic brought up a lot of great discussion on being pressured to perform! I wanted to add my 2 cents to this revived thread for a second to reiterate how important it is that we all remember that it's our right to say NO to a performance!

I certainly agree with other posts regarding the "trained monkey" analogy, but I actually think it's more of the mentality that our regular spectators adopt, not us. Students that do magic at school for class mates will get caught in this loop because they tend to see and perform for the same people at the same time regularly. They grow to expect magic when they see you. Same with "office magicians". If you're around the same people long enough and you do magic for them often enough, eventually (if not immediately) they'll feel comfortable asking you to do something when they want to see it.
Don't get me wrong, I love to perform my magic, my closest friends all know this and will often ask to see somethings when they invite me places, or when we're waiting on something else. I'll usually do something new I want to try, or something old in a new way, but I don't always oblige them just because they asked. Sometimes I'll do a gag or joke or even straight-up pantomime like I'm doing an effect and do nothing at all. It's still funny for them and reminds them that I'm not a trained monkey, but I can still be entertaining company to keep. Smile

I feel like when you always perform magic "on command", it becomes less organic and by extension less magical each time, more like any other skill or talent you can watch on Youtube when you're bored. It's like your buddy Mike that plays guitar or Dave who can do impressions. Both impressive and entertaining skills in their own right, but certainly not as astonishing or magical (no offense fellas). Magic is absolutely a talent and a skill, but I think it's up to the magician to keep it special and from being viewed as "just another skill."

The real problem is when people know your tendencies and start taking advantage of it for free entertainment. It's fun and feels great to perform because people want to see you do your thing. What kills that feeling for me is being put in a position where I'm suddenly (and occasionally very publicly) called on to do a full routine and entertain someone else's guests just because the host didn't plan for any entertainment of their own... That's not fun for me and it makes me feel like you might have even planned to use me that way. I've told friends no in those situations and some have even acted really insistent and demanding about it, that's when you see who your friends really are.

Just my thoughts!
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