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I find this embarrassingly very hard to do, to repeat a trick. And the trick looses amazement when you refuse to let them examine the deck..

It is a must though for good tricks I believe.

A tip I have, is to always have a few backup tricks and not approach someone with 'one' new trick.
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I always carry at least one completely different trick that allows me to dump the current trick in my pocket and show them something else when asked to repeat.
I find that I'm asked more often to repeat a trick by family and friends than by strangers. So I take that into account when deciding to show someone a certain trick or not.
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It always helps to learn variations for several effects. That way when someone asks you to do "such and such" you can do basically the same effects, but with different handlings/techniques.

Works for me! Smile


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Alternatively, develop different tricks that appear to start the same way.

Or just say, "Let me show you something different I've been working on."

But you might, for now, work exclusively with pure sleight of hand/gaff-free effects so that everything CAN be examined. Then, when everyone has concluded you work without "funny" stuff, you might consider including one or two tricks that DO use gaffs.

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Yeah I see what you mean. Like do a few sleight of hand effects with some coins which are examined, then switch a coin real quick for something that I could use like on a raven or the like.
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If they ask you to do it again just say if you like that one then you'll love this one..... and just move on..... Remember, you are in control. Smile
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When you perform for people who know you (friends, family, work), the shows are much less formal and the spectators expect to be able to examine the props. It takes experience and reputation to be able to fend of these requests in an entertaining manner. I have decided to always end with something that leaves me clean. When I perform just one effect (quite often) I make sure that it is one which leaves me clean so that my friends and family can examine the props.
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"Just Say NO"
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That was my problem.. started out with nothign but gimmicks. I realized it was a problem when I saw my sister and she asked me "so what new tricks have you bought?" Not learned, but bought.. I took all my gimmicks, boxed them up and didn't do another tirck until I learned to use my own hands and perform the sleights with common items.
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Just tell them:

"If you love this trick, I am pretty sure you will love the coming one."

Use the next effect to "overcome" problems from the previous one.

In love with magic!
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just say ok you will do it again and then go into a completly different trick that starts the same!
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I think that went people ask me to do it again,It is because I did it right. By saying "Do that again?",They might be meaning that they want to see more magic.

Sometimes I vanish a coin to a kid and he says:Show me another trick,please.
I take another small object and vanish it.I might be using the same technic(French Drop)but to them this is a totally new effect.First time,I vanished a coin and now something else.

I Believe this will get a better reaction than if I vanish the coin two times.So you end up showing 2 different tricks and everyobody is happy.

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