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The Mac
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Hello all.

I've been looking at the set of tricks that I perform and a lot of them rely on gaffs or gimmicks. I'm feeling a bit guilty and unprepared if I go to a party and I am handed a deck of cards. Sure I can do reset and ACR and a few others but it aint enough.

PLease list for me your top 5 KILLERS that you can perform at the drop of a hat. the more visual the better!

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Well, be a bit more specific.
do you mean impromptu in general regardless of the objects used or do you mean something specific?

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First of all. Don't go a part and do magic, unless paid. If you absolutely HAVE to, then get the Michael Ammar series, "Easy to master card miracles". There are like 9 DVDs in the series and I HIGHLY recommend them.

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Ok, so we're talking cards.
I second SoCalPro's suggestion. great series!
I would also recommend Card College by Roberto Giobbi. a great course and there are a lot of great effects taught.
Harry Lorayne's Magic Classics is also great.one of my favourites.

to find some killer card effects I suggest you take a look at the Workers section.
go through the threads and you will what you are looking for.
if you are a little lazy Smile then start a thread there.
just be prepared to learn cause you won't know what to start with hehe
good luck!

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1. Devastation - Williams
2. 4 way coincidence - williams
2. Kollosal Killer
3. Bizzare twist - Harris
4. Favorite opener - Malone
5. Wear a jacket w/ topit and you'll have enough material to last the whole night.
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Not just cards but anything that's available. Im thnkng of stigmata, indecent,sinful, derren browns invisible deal. When you are asked to do somethng
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Not just cards but anything that's available. Im thnkng of stigmata, indecent,sinful, derren browns invisible deal. When you are asked to do somethng
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So you mean impromptu magic? Or do you mean gaffless "street magic" in the E sense of the word. Check out this thread: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&104
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"E sense of the word" - well said raphlo2 Smile
you should try some books or videos on impromptu magic then.
start with dan harlan and tom Mullica

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Ive been a bit paranoid abt gimmicks lately. Maybe I'm growng as a magician.
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I totally hear you on that. I'm starting to hate them as well. I feel guilty any time that I use them. That's not to say that I feel the same when I use a utility device like a TT, palmo, topit etc.
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I know I used to thnk "by any means neccesary" but I duno anymore. Also I cringe when I see magicians performing the same stuff..triumph, acr etc. What is wrong with me.
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I sometimes feel that way as well and wish I could go back to the days when I first discovered magic. I guess it'll never be like that. I now get a thrill when I watch someone who's really good. He may be performing the same old stuff, but when he does it, he does it well and it's beautiful to watch.
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There's no need to feel guilt.
If you are entertaining and mystifying then you doing your job.

Maybe you can't get the thrill but those who watch you should.

It's always a good idea to study sleight of hand and impromptu magic.
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I was watchng a show called "Magic in the streets" n although the magic was technically good it still came across like a trivial novelty n not an art.I guess performances with no emotional hooks leave me unipressed.
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I agree Jaz that we shouldn't forget our main goal-to amaze.
but I feel the same way about gimmicks and utility devices now.
like raphlo2 said, it was different when we started out. I remember that I was trying to get my hand on every gimmick. I guess the guilt caught up with me, hehe.

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