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Ross W
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What do you reckon? My vote is for the Dove Pan.

Even as a kid, I saw right through it: "that cake was in the lid!"

It does not, I am convinced, fool anybody.
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Interesting.

I've used a dove pan for years to bake a cake as a finale for a birthday party show (for both children's and adults' birthdays), and have never had anyone mention that they thought that the cake was in the lid.

Perhaps it has something to do with the skill of the performer.

Perhaps the same can be said of any effect.

Perhaps.
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I'm not sure there is a trick that can be described as "worst." There are some pretty awful presentations, and frankly, any effect done badly enough could qualify.

Look at some of the stuff that Johnny Ace Palmer does. It comes straight out of books that I read back in grade school (ring jumping from one finger to the other). But his presentation is jaw dropping.

I'm also a firm believer in the old adage
"there's no such thing as a bad audience." I mean, do you suppose that 100 people all got together and said, "Let's be a bad audience tonight!?"
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Jongallagher writes: "I'm also a firm believer in the old adage "there's no such thing as a bad audience." I mean, do you suppose that 100 people all got together and said, "Let's be a bad audience tonight!?"

:rotf: That's got to be about the funniest thing I've read here in ages! Very good!

On a serious note, I agree that there may not be a truly bad trick in the absolute. There are, of course, simply horrid presentations of many tricks - the dancing cane and the linking rings are two that leap to mind. But, as an old magician said to me once: "Every trick was done well by somebody at sometime."

(Hey, come to think of it, I suppose I qualify as "an old magician"!) Smile
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My personal non-favorite: the 20th century silks with bra, at least as I've seen it performed.

But I generally abhor any effect presentation that embarasses an audience or makes it feel belittled or stupid.
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HI,
Troublewit really ****** me off.
I just don't see the point or entertainment in it.
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I have done the bra trick and yank it out of my own shirt. Now, that's funny.

I HATE tricks that affront the audience. I don't think anybody like an, "I'm smart and you are a bunch of morons" trick.

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On that note, I've seen a presentation of Hopping Half in which the performer was constantly saying, "Maybe I'm not explaining it right; let's start again: the copper and silver are in my hand." After the second time he said this it came across as, "You guys are too stupid to follow this, but I'm going to be polite and feign humility." It was awful.

I developed my own presentation for the same effect, but my sensei told me that it's so good that if I ever perform it when other magicians are around he'll kill me. Now, why would he say that?
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Do tell! Do tell! I'm sure we all here can keep a secret! At least let us know what the idea of the presentation is? Maybe? Smile
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Dan,
That's great--the bra coming out of your shirt. Love it, Dan. By the way, I've got a cheap ticket to Sweden if you're tempted to take the plunge. (Ha.)
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Worst trick in general use? The tie for first place in my book is zombie and dancing cane.
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Two BEAUTIFUL effects in the hands of the right person.
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When I first started about 13 years ago - there was an effect called "Cubio"

I bought it even knowing it was a terrible effect - My 4 year old figured it out immediately - (Despite my excellent presentation) - My wife (whom I can still fool with the "separated thumb" trick) knew how the trick worked almost before the 1st move

This is the reason I bought it - because it was so bad!

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I see, the 'so bad it's good' principle. Also applies to movies.
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Worst trick?

It always begins, "Pick a card . . . ."

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All tricks are good. Some aren't as "exciting" as others, but the trick is what you make of it. What's bad in one's hands is usually wonderfully great in someone else's.
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On 2003-04-09 22:59, JamesinLA wrote:
Dan,
By the way, I've got a cheap ticket to Sweden if you're tempted to take the plunge. (Ha.)
Best,
Jim


Thanks but no thanks James! I like the equipment provided at birth, just not the wardrobe! Smile

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Just to add my comment regarding the dove pan, who has ever seen a pan with a lid that overlaps the sides of the pan? It looks proppy.
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Well, if your pan wouldn't wear those pink/green slacks and the Izod shirt with the cotton L.L. Bean sweater tied around it, it wouldn't have that problem.

Oh, wait...

I'm sorry. That's "preppy."

Never mind.
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HEHEHEHE! Smile
that could look kinda cute.
I don't do cute Smile
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