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mrfluffy
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Tonight I'm performing woth 2 other guys and I'm on first. Now normally I'm in the middle or closing, so I have bit of time for my act, plus I get a few people on stage for effects.

However, tonight, I'm gonna to keep my act short and try and do the effects from the stage without getting specs up. I was therefore going to do

- Hoy book test presneted as a memory feat
- Magic square: Chuck Hickok version

I was therefore then going to close with the TOD, as the other 2 effects could be explained as "real" and this would appear to be "mindreading"

So is the TOD strong enough for a closer?
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Mr Fluffy,

I'm not that much of an expert so I can't really answer your question!

But one idea I did have some time ago about the TOD is that instead of having the people stand to select a card, instead, have them remain seated and then have them stand up when you call out the cards, very quickly, in succession. As soon as they stand up, you throw your arms out in applause position, say thank you and good night!

(The hope is that other people will stand up and applaud = standing ovation.)

As I said it's an idea that's never been tested.

The other thing you can do is, just before you perform the TOD, to tell people that they're "about to see your standing ovation material".

Hope this helps,

Martin

P.S. Please feel free to shoot my idea down as a pipe-dream coz that, at this present moment in time, is what it is!
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Nice idea Martin.

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I believe that idea is written up in the Cody Fisher version.
The booktest with the memory theme doesn't sound like a strong opener.
-Woodfield
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Hoy would do his TOD but close with Headline Predictions.
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I still cant get over how cheap the hoy booklet is y'know...when I first bought it, I just assumed it would be nonsense...

how wrong I was...
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On 2008-04-19 05:16, mrfluffy wrote:
So is the TOD strong enough for a closer?


Yes, but remember it's not the trick - it's the presentation.

Terry
Co-author with illusionist Andre' Kole of "Astrology and Psychic Phenomena."
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I'm not a fan of tricking people into a standing ovation. If it's not their idea, if I haven't earned it honestly, it seems to me to be meaningless.

I know that Copperfield and several others "plant" their standing O's, and I suppose it does impress some people, even if it's staged, if that's your goal. I just prefer to get mine "organically".

- entity
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On 2008-04-19 08:21, Woodfield wrote:
I believe that idea is written up in the Cody Fisher version.
The booktest with the memory theme doesn't sound like a strong opener.
-Woodfield


I'm a strong believer in structuring my act and building from one effect to another.

If I started with the Hoy as mind reading feat, then the following effects would need to be more astounding, as I have already demonstrated I can read minds. Why wold I need in, for example, a sneak thief effect, to look at the drawings. Surely they could be sealed in envelopes and I could divine them?

Just my 2 cents/pence
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I fully agree with entity. For the show I am writing now, because of the routine I am closing with, I naturally have some people standing in the audience. I am facing a huge problem with this, as the idea of tricking people into a standing ovation bothers me, but I can't think of a way to better frame the effect without having them stand up.

Point is, it just seems wrong. They either feel that you deserve it and they want to stand, or they don't. Having them laugh at your jokes, engaged in your presentation, and applaud you should be more than enough. A standing ovation should be a bonus to let you know that you are becoming a better performer, not a trick to boost your ego.

/paul.f
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Seems like you should have something strong as an opener. Something that establishes who you are and what you do. something quick and to the point.
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