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Are there time/ places where magic is not appropiate?
TheMagicalTurtle
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Funerals, in my opinion, would be a magic turnoff.

Jokes aside, there is a time and place for all entertainment. You have to know when not to pull out your linking rings and start a routine. Never start an effect, privately or otherwise, while another person is speaking or performing. It's extremely disrespectful.

If you're at a formal gathering, I think it to be appropriate to only do magic when invited. If you happen to be among people that you aren't familiar with, hinting to them during conversation about your "magical capabilities" would be a good way to get a show on the road.

Sticking to the old phrase 'there's a time and a place for everything' and using good ole' common sense can usually tell you when magic isn't appropriate.

Hope that helped.

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The only sin is to not make the attempt.
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Don't perform magic if you're not supposed to be the center of attention. It might make the host jealous.
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On 2007-01-22 21:34, TheMagicalTurtle wrote:
Funerals, in my opinion, would be a magic turnoff.

Somebody's never seen a coffin sawed in half!
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Great question.

I think there ARE times when it is not appropriate to perform magic. It would seem that inappropriate occasions would be obvious when you're in them. The mood, or reason for the gathering, is just not right.

As they say..."let your conscience be your guide."

Mark.
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I'm actually glad someone brought this up because it IS important. There are many times when magic is not appropriate to be performed. In fact I find myself in situations where there are people asking/begging me to "show them a trick" because they know this is what I do, and I have to try to explain that it's not a good time/place for any number of reasons. Don't let people guilt you into peforming if it isn't the right time or place. As mrunge said, you'll know when it is or isn't a proper time to perform.
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Neither my wife nor my girlfriends like me to show cardtricks when we have... (well, I am quite sure you guess that...)
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On 2007-01-23 11:47, thoughtsexplorer wrote:
Neither my wife nor my girlfriends like me to show cardtricks when we have... (well, I am quite sure you guess that...)



You have a wife and girlfriends? That is a trick itself!
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Or very strong misdirection Smile
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On 2007-01-23 19:00, ToasterofDoom wrote:
Or very strong misdirection Smile


Who said this stuff wouldn't come in handy?
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It is probably very strong delusion.

Why is it easier to see when the other person doing something at the wrong time than it is to see when you are doing it yourself? Or am I the only one for whom this is true?
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On 2007-01-23 11:47, thoughtsexplorer wrote:
Neither my wife nor my girlfriends like me to show cardtricks when we have... (well, I am quite sure you guess that...)


:rotf: Totally! I've actually been borderline assaulted by them for attempting to show my latest trick.
"Open their mind by performing the impossible"
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I knew a young magician who had that he performed at funerals on his business card, it was the funniest friggin' thing. "Birthdays, Weddings, Funerals, Corporate events..."


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I know plenty of girls who themselves have turned a trick or two in their time, police surveillance not withstanding. You should see their method for the disappearing $100 bill routine.
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On 2007-01-23 11:47, thoughtsexplorer wrote:
Neither my wife nor my girlfriends like me to show cardtricks when we have... (well, I am quite sure you guess that...)


I'm pretty sure they'd be more interested in your other "tricks" at that point. *lol*
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On 2007-01-23 11:47, thoughtsexplorer wrote:
Neither my wife nor my girlfriends like me to show cardtricks when we have... (well, I am quite sure you guess that...)


On the other hand, picture this situation. You and yours are wearing nothing but an afterglow. One's significant other is playing with your ring hand casually and can see /feel that it is empty. Then one reaches out with that same hand and pulls out a large Chinese coin (1.5 inches high) from their ear. Done at just the right moment when the two of you are about to get up anyway, it can create a surreal little transition.

Ummmm.... entirely theoretical situation. Of course. Yeah, that's it.
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That would be a magical turn-off first grade . . .
Cards never lie
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No matter where I go, I'm set...
but...
it's usually NOT a good idea to perform in stores that haven't hired you (department stores), in malls (security is tight), funerals (duh), your wedding night (just no cards...in theory...), at a sporting event during the game...unless hired to do so, in a school...unless hired..., basically don't just start performing where it could get you into trouble or upset someone. When people pay to see you, that's a whole 'nother animal.
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You also have to think about if a trick is going to work in the right places. If you are doing magic with a ITR for example, if you think the lighting conditions are not appropriate I wouldn’t risk performing, even if that is the only effect you have on you at the time.

This is just an example of another way of looking at the whole appropriate theme.

Hope that helps.
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