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calexa
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Ok guys, here is the problem I have.

With 4 of my friends we have put together a very nice magic show. The purpose of the show is to collect money for the Palliative Care station of a hospital where my wife works. My friends and I are performing now for several years and we do mainly mental magic on stage (although the programm we have developed for this show contains - because of variaty - also stage illusions, "normal" magic and comedy magic elements.

But the majority of the effekts will be mental magic effects. I will perform two effects and will act as a conferencier, I will greet the guests at the beginning and I will introduce all the other four performers.

Now we have decided on the programm itself, that means the effects and how to combine them, we have a problem with the beginning of the whole show. What we want to do is that I will perform a small effect, about 2 to 3 minutes and then I will make my "opening speach", that means I will introduce myself, I will greet the guests and I will explain the purpose of the show. Because the show contains mainly mental magic effects I am now looking for a quick opening effect, that is related to mental magic and that I can perform before I have opened the show officially. So what I want to do basically is to walk on stage, perform the effect, and then say "Thank you Ladies and Gentleman and welcome to our show tonight.......".

So can someone point me into the direction of suitable effects? Of course I´m open to suggestion on other effects apart from mental magic ones.

Thanks a lot for your help,
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How about a multi-outs plot ? I do it all the time.
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Since you've mentioned that there's a variety of magic that is to be performed, why not start of with a piece of comedy magic, or a cliched stage illusion (performed well) to get the audience feeling at home and acquainted with you guys?

I've always felt that mental effects require the audience to go on a journey with you and hence the need to embellish tension and suspense rather than putting the effect forth too quickly.

My two cents, best luck with the show though.

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For the last 6 months, I've taken to using the Dan Harlan equivoque of the day's date;
I use it to show "what it is I do" - it is propless, and the choices bounce around audience members, giving it a good pace.
When I finish on the day in the imaginary diary, I ask "What is written there?". The audience member looks a bit confused, and so you can follow with "It says 'Must attend mindreading show at 7pm because I'll be helping out with the first item!'"
Dan's original post is still here at the Café : http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......m=127&36

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You can also watch Steve do this, I'm sure he will post you a link.. It's nicely done.

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Lior Manor's Mobile Opener or, and this thing is REALLY cool, Wheel of Mind from Guy Bavli.

WOM uses twelve spectators and is an AWESOME prediction effect. I have a cool routine if YOU want it.

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Anthony Blake, the spanish mentalist used to open his shows just asking....do you believe in mentalism??? if somebody doubted (or not) he tells him ok, I m going to try something, pls think of a three digit number.... I m going to write here a number, a three digits number...

Obviously you know how this is done... it s a great short opener and set s you up as a powerfull mentalist.
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I almost always think that Lior Manor's Mobile Opener is the way to go. I think it would be a great way to open this show but, and this is just my OPINION, I think that the approach should be slightly different here. Remember, your objective is to collect money. As such, I think you should introduce money early and that a money effect seques smoothly into an introduction of why you are all there (per the first post "purpose of the show is to collect money for the Palliative Care station of a hospital").

Therefore, I think the first trick should use money. Using Lior Manor's Mobile Opener with a serial # revelation from a randomly collected bill or just a standard serial # revelation would work.

This puts a framework on the evening while bringing up both the money (which can be an uncomfortable topic if you bring it up incorrectly) and the reason for the magic.

I might not recommend this in other situations but you have a very specific purpose here and I think you need to relate your magic to that purpose as early and as strongly as possible.

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I will send you the "mobile Opener" for free because I also do many shows like that
to help people in need.
Just PM me with your email

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That's a classy move Lior - You're a gentleman!


FYI - my email is jasonboone79@yahoo.com. Smile

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That's great of you, Lior, and Carsten will be very happy!
It is a great way to open a show, and the "revelation" can be totally designed to the occation!

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I have sent Calexa the 3 PDF (with the new "Who to hide the M ) from our friend
Derek Horn/
I also sent him some of the clips.
I hope he will like it and will use it.
I think that all the gags with the calculator can be done around the money they
are going to rise.

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Lior,

You are indeed a gentleman.

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May I suggest Richard Osterlinds 'Inside the Fold'. I have used it as an opener several times in situatons such as you have described.

It is,quick,hard hitting and sets a perfect example of what is to come.

If you would like to know something I have added that 'for me' makes it special..PM me.

Best.
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What about Backdate(p665 Mind,Myth and Magick).The effect is as follows:You walk onto stage and ask 3 spectators to call out single, digits making a 3 digit number.You turn around, and pinned to your back is a index card that contains the number that was just called out!

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Calexa, If you have any problems 'Hiding the M' just PM me.

Hi Lior, next time we meet I'll buy you a proper drink Smile

Regards

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I sometimes open with a rubik's cube. The patter follows along the lines of "Remember these? I never could figure these out as a kid until I understood the powers of the human mind....etc."

I also sometimes open with Larry Becker's Tri-coinetic. Hope this helps!
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Derek has the best way to hide the M.
He also has a great idea to use any calculator to
force a number.
And he is also a very nice person.

By the way: all the people that oredered the Mobile Opener are getting
the special CD that was made for Blackpool 2008.
I am left with 30-40 of them and they have 2 new ideas on them.
The first is a new flash program that makes the PC read your mind.
The second is based on Ian Rowland idea and also usees the big screen
for a wonderfukk routine.
It comes with a 30 minutes clip that shows me do it for real people

I will write more about it later

Lior
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Thanks a lot for all your help, a big "Thank you" especially to Lior for his generousity. I am currently evaluating all the ideas that have been provided. I will let you know about my final decision when I have made it.

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Quote:
On 2008-03-28 01:09, Lior wrote:


By the way: all the people that oredered the Mobile Opener are getting
the special CD that was made for Blackpool 2008.
I am left with 30-40 of them and they have 2 new ideas on them.
The first is a new flash program that makes the PC read your mind.
The second is based on Ian Rowland idea and also usees the big screen
for a wonderfukk routine.
It comes with a 30 minutes clip that shows me do it for real people

I will write more about it later

Lior


just for clarification: Only people that are ordering the Mobile Opener" now, will
get the special with the 2 other effects.
(that include all that ordered it from last week)

and this CDs are runing out very fast

Thanks
Lior
Talk To The Screen. The best effect for professionals
http://www.theliortouch.com

The Big Package plus with the Big Trivia, The small Trivia, The puzzles
The First letters, The Celebrities, Subliminal PowerPoint, the VMC lecture
and many more routines [/url]

Penguin Live lecture http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/7645
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