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gaddy
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Sure, seeing as how you're not going to read the book any time soon... Smile

The Parrot Guy is the guy who hangs out in tiki bars in Hawaii or the Bahamas and has a Parrot on his shoulder. He ALWAYS has his Parrot with him. He's a lot of fun, if you like Parrot related fun (and I do!). And there is one in almost every tiki bar on the island. His Parrot knows some good tricks, and he knows A LOT of Parrot jokes. That Parrot of his gets him a lot of free drinks, and that Parrot gets him invited to a lot of parties...

If he didn't have his Parrot with him, all of his friends would say, "Hey! Joe Parrot Guy, where's your Parrot?"

It's easy to become the magic equivalent of the Parrot Guy, and some magicians see this as a good thing.

Parrot Guys are fun to have around, but I don't think I'd like to be forced to spend a rainy weekend in a small hotel room with him...
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It does not always work out, but there are many methods to achieve a similar trick, and often, the specs do not realize it.

An example - I use the Tamariz stack to perform mind reading. You can achieve the same effect by forcing a card. Naturally, the stack has more options and will make the demonstration more powerful, but as a quick out, the force is a limited solution.


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The mind reading example is very close to home with me.

I did a mind reading trick about a month ago and, two weeks later, one of the girls I did it for pressured me to do it for her boyfriend, which I did with sort of disastrous results. That is, that one actually went well, but then I did a few more and he did his best to ruin those as well as tell her how it was done and so on. He was right, too. (It was an odd Jekyll/Hyde experience to see that kind, gentle man change into a complete *** and, at the time, I limped back into my room and thought I would never recover.)

Anyway... I'm half expecting him now to show up some day with his own deck and demand that I do the mind reading trick with a "real" deck, since he couldn't figure that one out. If this happens I will not chicken out, even though I know he is after me. I will do it again, either like Andy describes or by a glimpse or something.

Thanks for the Parrot lesson, gaddy. Good example!
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Just say NO.
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On 2008-01-11 11:29, The Amazing Noobini wrote:
I did a mind reading trick about a month ago and, two weeks later, one of the girls I did it for pressured me to do it for her boyfriend, which I did with sort of disastrous results. That is, that one actually went well, but then I did a few more and he did his best to ruin those as well as tell her how it was done and so on. He was right, too. (It was an odd Jekyll/Hyde experience to see that kind, gentle man change into a complete *** and, at the time, I limped back into my room and thought I would never recover.)

I almost never do mind-reading tricks for men, ESPECIALLY upon request.

A request is sometimes a masked challenge, and doing mentalism as a response to a challenge is a quick recipe for disaster. And men have that whole testosterone thing going on that can turn into a Jekyll/Hyde situation very quickly, especially in the presence of women.

I have a very flip and funny answer for this, and the best part is that it's (mostly) true:

I say, "Sorry, pal, I didn't spend years traveling with the gypsies, learning how to do kind of this stuff, so I could hold some dude's hand..." (A lot of my mentalism is palm reading based, but you could substitute "gaze deeply into some dude's eyes...")
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You are absolutely right, gaddy. I wouldn't normally do a mind reading trick for a guy either, even less a pulse reading trick! But I want to get the last word basically, if he chooses to challenge me.

My initial problem with this guy got so out of hand simply because I KNEW I should drop it and say something like, "X has decided that the show is over, so that's it folks." Or, say nothing. But I wanted to do SOMETHING that could turn it around and shut him up. And, of course, it just got worse and worse.

Finally he just said that it was incredibly boring, something which I also found a little on the impolite side. Anyway, that entire experience is worthy of a thread of it's own. It became surreal. He was my first heckler, that is the essence of it. But I need to try and fight these things because I am so incredibly shy that if I start to pull the emergency break, it will quickly become a habit.
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"Nonsensical Raving of a lunatic mind..." (Larry)
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Sorry, but I'm not in the state of mind tonight (today). Next time, perhaps. Oh, and I don't do tricks, my dog does. I do magical effects.
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I sometimes tell these people that "the train has left, and you missed it!" then walk away as fast as I can.
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I carry some change, and go into the tenkai pennies/gadabout coins/hanging coins bit I have ready for just such an occasion.

Then I tell them that the batteries for the small object teleporter are almost dead, so I can't do any more today.
The current economic crisis is due to all the coins I've vanished.
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