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m@t
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I have been working for some time on my Card and Billiard Ball manipulation; and have a chance to perform some parlor magic in a few weekends' time. As I am used to the close up table- hoppin' situations; I am thinking of performing part of my restaraunt routine, but adding some manipulation to it. How far away do you think is necessary for this to work?

(When I say parlor magic I am talking of about 20 to 40 people in a semi- circle watching).

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As long as you have control of the setting I would not see why you couldn't perform your manipulations standing in front of your audience. Give yourself room to work and move around. Just be on the look out of people on your sides.

I perform my manipulation act all the time in night clubs. Think through your routine, where you have steals, or if you have something palmed etc. and see if you can control the angles better. Try your act for a group of close friends, and simulate the setting where you might be performing this routine.
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Ok - thanks a lot for the advice, Eddie. Does anyone else have any tips or pointers that could help?

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I do a billiard ball act in my kids show. The kids are usually sitting on the floor about 4 feet away, and parents are standing or sitting behind them. I have to make sure that there is nobody sitting at the sides. I have only had a kid spot the shell once, and that was because they were standing on a balcony behind me!!

If you can control your angles, then you should be fine. Most manipulations look just as good close up, and it can seem more magical to an audience than if it were on stage.

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Thanks Chris, it's good to know that everyone gets a shell spotted once. It won't be such a blow when it happens for the first time to me!

Would anyone else like to contribute with information on how far from the audience they performe manipulations? Also do you perform on a raised platform or audience level?

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If you have the chance of being higher up on a platform its usually a good idea to use it when available. However; if people are sitting on the floor and your on a platform they may see underneath and into your hands etc.

Only use a platform if the group is large enough (30 or more) and if they are seated on chairs.

Jeff McBride says to make anything your stage. He use to step up on peoples tables at clubs to command attention and this would also help people see his magic better. He would also step up on top of speakers.
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You could do more angle proof productions (like perfects, or snaps).
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